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NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division Certified as ‘Green Business’

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division is the first hospital to earn green business certification through Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGB-Certified), a program launched by Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester in 2014. The hospital accepted the award at a ceremony last month.

“As members of the Westchester community, we are proud to achieve WGB-certification,” said Dr. Philip Wilner, vice president and medical director for Behavioral Health, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester. “NewYork-Presbyterian believes that promoting environmental sustainability is an essential part of our mission to provide the highest-quality patient care.”

In recent years, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester has unveiled several initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental footprint: the hospital has reduced energy and water consumption by installing LED-lighting by roadways and sidewalks and low-water usage fixtures. The hospital also provides staff with greener transportation options in part through an extensive shuttle service program. Finally, the hospital has pursued and received recognition awards from organizations such as Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading healthcare environmental stewardship organization.

WGB-Certified is an expansion of the highly successful Westchester Green Business Challenge, a public-private partnership launched in 2009 by Westchester County in partnership with The Business Council of Westchester. Companies that join WGB-Certified undergo a valuable and rigorous process resulting in measurable cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Through collaboration and peer-learning, WGB-Certified participants set environmental policies and implement strategies for energy efficiency, transportation, waste management, land use and water. 

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