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{Past Event} - Operations Series: Water Use in Facilities: Laundry, Stormwater and Green Roof Case Studies

July 25, 2008 - 2:00 pm - July 25, 2008 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Hospitals are often one of the largest consumers of water resources in their community. In this Webinar, you’ll learn about the impact of laundry and stormwater on healthcare’s ‘aquaprint’. In the summer of 2007 Metro Health Hospital installed a one-acre vegetative roof along with three bio-retention swales as design strategies to mitigate storm water run off. These design features were submitted as a part of Metro’s LEED certification. The two designs are undergoing a study to measure storm water runoff. John Ebers from Metro Health will describe the benefits of the project, and lessons learned. Next, Ken Tyler will discuss the impact of Laundry Operations on a hospital’s environmental footprint, and how that impact can be reduced. He will review several case studies during his presentation.

Takehome Value

  • The qualitative and quantitative benefits of a vegetative roof
  • The qualitative benefits of a bioretention swale
  • Implementation Lessons learned
  • Introduction of laundry industry data
  • Definition of laundry services
  • Impact on water savings-how and why
  • Construction and Equipment Alternatives
  • Greening a Laundry from top to bottom


Ken Tyler HRLLD, CFM, Encompass LLC
Telephone: 773-384-5145
Ken Tyler is currently Vice President of Government Health Systems for one of the largest providers of health care textiles and other medical products in the world, Encompass LLC. Ken served on the ARTA-AHA Board of Directors from 1999-2003, and is a member of the JCAHO Environment of Care Advisory Group.In 2000 Ken retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs as Director of Laundry and Linen Uniform Operations for the entire Department nationwide-173 hospitals. Ken received numerous awards for energy savings accomplishments from the Department of Energy during his tenure. Ken is a very active member of the ASHES Industry Advisory Committee, the TRSA Healthcare Committee, TRSA Government Affairs Committee and the American Logistics Assn. Ken has served as a member of the Laundry News Panel of Experts for over 10 years and is a featured writer for Laundry Today and American Laundry News. Ken served 27 years in the United States Marine Corps. receiving over 35 decorations for his service, which includes 2-Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. Ken attended Princeton University, Gardner Webb College and Clemson University.

John Ebers, Metro Health Hospital
As Metro Health Hospital’s (Metro) Sustainable Business Officer, John has worked to develop Metro’s approach to integrating strategies to reduce Metro’s footprint. John works with multiple departments and individuals to identify and implement methods to reduce waste, water and energy consumption. Because of the multiple efforts to reduce waste Metro was the first health system to be designated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as a Clean Corporate Citizen. As a LEED Accredited Professional of the U.S. Green Building Council, John collaborated with Metro’s design team to pursue LEED certification for its replacement hospital in Wyoming, MI.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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