Corporate Social Responsibility

In this section you can learn more about the awards, news stories and achievements at Unity Health Toronto related to greening. This section also contains our Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (ECDM) which is our strategy to conserve energy while managing our demand over a five year period. 

Awards and recognition

View some of the greening awards Unity Health has received below:

St. Michael’s Hospital was recognized for their efforts to save energy, recycle waste and reduce water consumption by the British Medical Journal. 

St. Michael’s Hospital was awarded the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Green Hospital of the Year award for both 2016 and 2017, outranking 54 other organizations. 

We were recognized for our excellence in waste, energy and water conservation. 

St. Michael’s Hospital has initiated many environmentally friendly programs and policies, including a water management group and a comprehensive recycling program. We were able to recycle 100 per cent of batteries, 100 per cent of light bulbs, and 60 per cent of ink cartridges and scrap metal. 

This plan presents our proposal for how Unity Health Toronto can successfully conserve energy use while also managing its energy demand over the next five years. We are committed to addressing energy and environmental issues while continuing to seek new opportunities to decrease energy consumption. 

View Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update 2020-2024

View Energy and Greenhouse Gas Annual Reports 2011-20 (PDF)  

St. Michael’s Hospital was recognized by the Toronto WaterSaver program for reducing hospital water use by 200,000 litres per day.

This award is given to hospitals for reducing their total energy by at least 5 per cent. 

The hospital was recognized at the Ontario Health Association HealthAchieve 2008 with a green award for its leadership and commitment to greening health care. Each year, the OHA recognizes health care organizations that lead in reducing health care’s environmental impact.

The council recognizes organizations annually for recycling and waste reduction. The award recognizes organizations that have successfully communicated its recycling or waste diversion message to residents, communities, employees, members and other stakeholders. 

In recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship in its health care practices, St. Michael’s Hospital received this year’s Water Award, which is one of the 2018 Green Health Care Awards being provided by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care! 

This award means that – out of 35 academic hospital locations – St. Michael’s main 30 Bond St. site used the least amount of water. This score is calculated based on a number of factors including the size of the building, the number of patient beds in it, and any water conservation policies, targets and action plans. 

One of the many initiatives undertaken by the Engineering & Plant Services team to reduce water consumption was to reduce the cycles of the cooling tower, which serves the purpose of cooling the chiller, and is one of the largest water consumers outside of potable water. 

Awarded to St. Michael’s Hospital for making Toronto a better biking city.

Last updated June 30, 2022