PeaceHealth wins top honor from clean air agency

Northwest Clean Air Agency has selected PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham to receive its 2012 Partners for Clean Air Platinum award.

The hospital achieved the agency’s top honor for businesses through its exceptional work to reduce emissions and improve air quality, according to a press release.

PeaceHealth’s projects include lighting upgrades that resulted in an annual energy savings of $165,000, reducing hazardous air emissions from sterilization processes, eliminating the use of products that contain mercury and starting a trip reduction program for employees.

Paul Glasser, regional director of facilities for PeaceHealth, said the award acknowledges a concerted and intentional effort by employees at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical to be good environmental stewards.

“This is truly a collaborative effort,” Glasser said, in a statement from PeaceHealth. “The true recipients of this award are caregivers who work in environmental services, facilities, materials management, pharmacy, PeaceHealth laboratories, food services, sterile processing, human resources, operating room nursing staff and the hazardous materials committee.”

Partners for Clean Air awards have been presented annually to businesses in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties since 2010.

There are three levels awarded: Platinum, Gold and Silver. This year, 42 of the 408 businesses registered with NWCAA applied for awards.

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