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Awards, Achievements and Press Releases


Trophy_multiEfforts by Deirdre Imus and The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® have helped usher in “Green Cleaning” Executive Orders from the governors of three states -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 




Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized by Practice Green Health as One of the Top 25 Hospitals in the U.S. for Environmental Sustainability for the 7th Consecutive Year

HUMC_imageNewswise — – Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center was recognized as one of Practice Greenhealth’s Top 25 Hospitals for Environmental Excellence for the seventh consecutive year. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the nation — and the only hospital in the tri-state area — to receive this prestigious recognition for the seventh year in a row. Read more

Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Recognized as Top Hospitals in the Nation for Environmental Sustainability by Practice Green Health.

practice_Green_Health_2020Hackensack Meridian Health, the state’s largest and most comprehensive health network, today announced that two of its hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, were recognized by Practice Greenhealth as Top 25 Hospitals for Environmental Excellence. In addition, seven network hospitals were recognized for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their sustainability achievements. Read more

Hackensack University Medical Center's Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center
® Promotes Community Wellness, Sustainability and Environmental Health.

IMG_0521The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, is fulfilling its mission to identify and control toxins in and around our environment and helping to improve community health and well-being through a variety of sustainability and environmental health initiatives — both at Hackensack University Medical Center and in the surrounding community. Read more

Hackensack Meridian Health Recognized by CIANJ as a Environmental Leadership Champion
HMH-LogoNewswise — Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce its recognition by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) as an Environmental Leadership Champion for 2019. “I want to congratulate our team members on this significant recognition,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We consider it our shared responsibility to consistently raise the bar on our sustainability initiatives and environmental stewardship.” Press Release

Hackensack Meridian Health Honored for Environmental Excellence by Practice Greenhealth
2019_Practice_Green_HealthHackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce it received a System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth. The network was selected as an Environmental Excellence Award winner for its commitment to improving environmental performance and achieving a top standard of excellence in sustainability. Press Release


Earth Day 2019 at Hackensack University Medical Center
IMG_1783Celebrating Earth Day 2019 with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center. Read more




We Just Hung Out with 60,000 Bees!!

beekeeper_hiveHackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) certainly thinks so. The hospital now has almost 60,000 honeybees on the rooftop as part of an ongoing commitment to enhance community wellness and environmental health and our fearless camera guy Chris Tompkins hung out with them to get some amazing footage. Read more

Earth Day at Hackensack University Medical Center

Nadine_and_Dan_IMG_0563The hospital sponsored a contest that had students make different products using recycled unused blue medical sterilazation wrap.Read more


Earth Day 2018 Out of the Blue!
Blue_Wrap_DressesThese enterprising teenagers also developed business plans for their creations, as they envisioned and repurposed sterilization wrap as a wide variety of beautiful and useful items, including: wedding dresses, umbrellas, tote bags, and sleeping bags. Read more



Hackensack Meridian Health Honored as an Environmental Conservation Champion of Good Works by The Commerce and Industry Association of NJ

CIANJ-Award-PhotoHackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that it has been honored as a Champion of Good Works by The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) for its work to support and advance environmental conservationPress Release


Hackensack Meridian Health Honored With 15 Environmental Excellence Awards for Leadership in Health Care Sustainability

PGH_Photo_3_Kyle_KunleNewswise — In recognition for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest most comprehensive and integrated health network, received 15 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Press Release



HackensackUMC, through the initiatives of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, has :

  • Developed and implemented Greening The Cleaning®  program  
  • Created one of the first Environmental Health Centers in Healthcare
  • Launched the Sustainability Committee
  • Initiated the first green hospital in the country of its size and scale
  •  97% recycled steel structure
  •  Non PVC hand railing  
  •  Cotton Denim Insulation           
  •  Recycled Carpet Tile           
  •  Natural Lighting                     
  •  Non-toxic toys
  • Rooftop Garden where vegetables are used for food
  • Rooftop Bee Hives
    The Sweet Gift of Honey Bees
    Let's Give 'Em Something To Buzz About
Sustainability and GTC® Go Hand in Hand

Kyle_and_Nadin_Green_AwardThe sustainability program has resulted in national recognition for HackensackUMC as a leader in healthcare. Read more



Hackensack University Medical Center Honored at Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Awards-300x155Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center was among a diverse group of environmental stewards recently honored by the Christie Administration for their leadership and efforts to improve their communities through green practices designed to protect the environment. Press Release





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