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Thanks to the work of dozens of dedicated staff members, the University of Maryland Medical Center has made great strides in its efforts to go green in recent years. Staff members recognize the importance of incorporating sustainable practices to promote a healthier environment not only for their patients, but for themselves as well, and have stepped forward to help lead the effort across all departments.
The numbers below not only show the great amount of success that has resulted from implementing a variety of green initiatives throughout the Medical Center, but also provide a bit of insight into just how much teamwork and cooperation is required by all departments throughout UMMC to ensure that we remain Maryland's foremost leader in sustainable health care practices.
|2||-||Number of years we have had our weekly University Farmers' Market|
|4||-||Number of awards presented to UMMC in recognition of its efforts to "go green"|
|5||-||Tons of blue wrap and plastics recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|10||-||Tons of electronics recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|12||-||Tons of hazardous waste recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|16||-||Number of local vendors participating in the second season of the University Farmers' Market|
|17||-||Number of trees saved for each ton of paper that is recycled|
|59||-||Tons of cardboard recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|75||-||Percentage of UMMC cleaners that are green-seal certified|
|137||-||Tons of shredded paper recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|300||-||Number of reusable "to go" bags sold in the cafe in one month's time|
|500||-||Number of years it takes for a single aluminum can to decompose|
|600||-||Tons of glass, aluminum, and paper recycled in 2010|
|888||-||Tons of construction materials and debris recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|1,200||-||Pounds of alkaline batteries recycled by UMMC employees in 2010|
|1,500||-||Average number of "food miles" traveled to get food from the farm to the plate when food is not purchased "locally"|
|4,000||-||Number of years it takes for a single glass bottle to decompose|
|90,000||-||Dollars saved by Green Team recycling initiatives in 2010|
|2,500,000||-||Number of plastic bottles used by Americans every hour|
|85,000,000||-||Tons of paper are used by Americans each year|
But remember, you do not need to belong to a large institution like UMMC in order to affect change in your environment. Check out our helpful tips for going green that individuals like you can implement at home to help all of us leave as light an ecological footprint as possible for future generations.