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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. 


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

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.

Click here to read more about HackensackUMC’s sustainability achievements. 

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