2018St. 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.
2016-17Canadian 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.
2014Toronto Bike Award – Bicycle Friendly Business Award
- Awarded to St. Michael’s Hospital for making Toronto a better biking city
2010BMJ 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.
2009Greening Health Care – 5 per cent club
- This award is given to hospitals for reducing their total energy by at least 5 per cent.
2009Recycling 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.
2008OHA 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.
2008Environmental 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.
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.
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.
July 27, 2018
St. Michael’s Hospital and Providence Healthcare have been recognized nationally for their commitment to being environmentally conscious and green organizations.
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?
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.
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.
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.