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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



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.

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

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