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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 & Demand Management Plan (ECDM) which is our strategy to conserve energy while managing our demand over a five year period.


St. Michael’s Hospital wins the 2018 Green Health Care Water Award 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.


Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care – Green Hospital of the Year
  • 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.


Toronto Bike Award – Bicycle Friendly Business Award
  • Awarded to St. Michael’s Hospital for making Toronto a better biking city


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


Greening Health Care – 5 per cent club
  • This award is given to hospitals for reducing their total energy by at least 5 per cent.


Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste Minimization award for communication
  • 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.


OHA Overall Leadership Award in greening
  • The hospital was recognized at the Ontario Health Assocation 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.


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

Network recognized as top performer in green hospital of the year awardsSt. Joseph’s cafeteria implements multiple changes to reduce waste

Dec. 10, 2019
First the plastic straws were eliminated. Then all Styrofoam and plastic materials such as utensils, take-out containers, soup bowls and lids, coffee cups and lids, stir sticks, and plates were replaced with compostable ones. Then, organic waste bins and a cooking-oil recycling project were also implemented.

Dean Martin stands beside a reycling binSeeing green: Unity Health Toronto launches a sustainability campaign

Nov. 26, 2019
Unity Health Toronto is launching a sustainability campaign in a bid to reduce our carbon footprint and waste, and to identify how we can continue to improve our conservation efforts.

Network recognized as top performer in green hospital of the year awardsNetwork recognized as top performer in green hospital of the year awards

July 27, 2018
St. Michael’s Hospital and Providence Healthcare have been recognized nationally for their commitment to being environmentally conscious and green organizations.

Know before you throwRecycling in the LKSKI: Know before you throw

April 20, 2018
You’ve enjoyed your morning Starbucks. Now it’s time to dispose of your cup. But do you discard your cup in the recycling bin or the waste bin?

Research study encourages hospitals to reduce number of paper documents createdResearch study encourages hospitals to reduce number of paper documents created

March 20, 2018

After collecting nearly 600 kilograms of papers from recycling bins at five Toronto hospitals, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital found 2,687 documents containing personal health or other information that should instead have been shredded.

Ready, set, recycleReady, set, recycle

March 17, 2015
The blue box is coming to the bedside.
Environmental Services is launching a bedside recycling program this month in an effort to increase waste diversion by five per cent in 2015-16.

St. Michael’s helps kids get creative about recyclingSt. Michael’s helps kids get creative about recycling

June 5, 2013
As part of the renovation and expansion of the ED, the ambulance bay, triage and patient waiting area will be reconfigured to create better flow for clinical staff and first responders, and a better experience for patients and their loved ones.

Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

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.

Greening: Corporate Social ResponsibilityEnvironmental ActionInfrastructure renewal projects