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Steven Strongwater, CEO of SBUMC; Congressman Tim Bishop; and Barbara Finazzo, EPA acting deputy regional administrator
Steven Strongwater, CEO of SBUMC; Congressman Tim Bishop; and Barbara Finazzo, EPA acting deputy regional administrator

Hospital Is First Nationwide to Sign Agreement with EPA

The signing in August of a comprehensive green Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Stony Brook University Hospital and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a first for any hospital in the country. The MOU document defines ways in which SBUH and the EPA will work together to mutually advance their collective goals in reducing the hospital’s environmental footprint. Steven L. Strongwater, CEO of Stony Brook University Medical Center, and Barbara Finazzo, EPA acting deputy regional administrator, signed the agreement during a ceremony in the hospital lobby.

“The MOU formalizes the hospital’s continued commitment to be an environmentally conscious healthcare institution,” said Strongwater. “Our relationship with the EPA is a true indication of our commitment to continually improve out programs by reducing waste, minimizing the use of hazardous materials and preventing pollution of our valuable resources.”

In order to work with the EPA to achieve sustainable development as a healthcare institution, SBUH has agreed to numerous commitments as stated within the MOU. Examples include recycling paper cardboard, bottles, and cans; recycling computers and electronics, including toner and inkjet cartridges; reprocess oxisensors, blades, burrs, bits, guide wires, and catheters, as well as investigate additional reprocessing opportunities; and reducing or eliminating mercury and DEHP/PVC containing products.

SBUH will also adopt or enhance strategies promoted by various EPA voluntary programs, including ENERGY STAR, WasteWise, WaterSense, GreenScapes, and Recycle Mania.

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