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Sustainability at HackensackUMC

Earth_Day_kyle_bonnieAt the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC, we apply sustainability to human health. We focus on what we & you can do – to enhance your health, your family’s health, the health of the environment, so that it may continue for a long time. 

And we help businesses, and schools do the same too.  Over 15 years ago, we helped HackensackUMC become one of the first hospitals in the country to implement green cleaning practices, which was just the beginning of their sustainable journey – and ours. Since then, we’ve helped the hospital reduce waste, minimize the use of hazardous materials, limit patient and employee exposure to dangerous toxins, prevent pollution, and 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


Our Commitment to Sustainability

Flowers_Mark_NB_StudentsA special delivery today from students at North Bergen High School and their fashion design teacher, Marlene Sapoff. They presented Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president of Hackensack University Medical Center with a beautiful flower bouquet created from our clean, discarded sterilization wrap. Read more


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


Hackensack University Medical Center Receives Practice Greenhealths Top 25 Award for 6th Year in a Row

TOP_25_Green_Hospital_2019Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce that Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center has been named as one of the Top 25 hospitals in the country for its distinguished work in pursuing environmental excellence. Read more


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

IMG_1783Team members and our community came by to meet our beekeeper, see an observation hive, taste our first spring harvest of Hackensack Honey and experience the Enchanted Exhibit of amazing artwork, bringing new life to discarded healthcare packaging. 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 wraps.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

Earth Day 2017

Group_Directors_BellaHACKENSACK - The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University Medical Center has come up with a neat idea to commemorate Earth Day; a wedding dress made from recycled goods. Read more


Hackensack Meridian Health Hosted a Green Team of New Jersey Based College Students to Promote Sustainability

Green-Team-Press-Release-Photo-003-300x200_(1)Hackensack Meridian Health was pleased to partner with Montclair State University as host of a Green Team of New Jersey-based college students. Press Release



Put Denim in Your Walls and Get Healthy

kylewebWe got an inside look at all the recyclable materials used to build the Women and Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. It turns out, you can use the same materials to remove carcinogens from your home. View video


Exclusive: Deirdre Imus is on a Mission to Save our Kids and Remove Toxins

officeimg_0004editAlpha Rising spent time with Deirdre Imus and got an exclusive tour of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. Bottom Line: The more we remove poisonous toxins, the more we save our kids' lives. View video


HackensackUMC intends to continuously improve our programs to reduce waste, minimize the use of hazardous materials, prevent pollution of valuable natural resources, increase recycling, comply with all environmental regulations, and work toward sustainability.


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