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Compost_nb031716Spring is on the way! As we eagerly await the sunshine, green grass and warmer temperatures, it’s important to remain mindful of our impact on the environment. Children’s produces about 102 tons of waste per month – that’s 204,000 pounds. Last year, we produced 2,448,000 pounds of waste and less than three percent of that waste was recycled. The Children’s Hospital Sustainability Committee has set a goal to recycle at least 15 percent in 2016. The best sustainable hospitals are recycling more than 50 percent of their waste. With Collaboration, our value of the month, to inspire us, we can work together to create a more sustainable workplace.

To kick off these efforts, we are partnering with Compost Crusader, a locally based company that helps create a culture of sustainability throughout Milwaukee County. With their help, Seven Sisters in the Children’s Corporate Center began a new composting program Mar. 16 aimed at reducing Children’s waste that ends up in landfills. With a successful launch in the Corporate Center, we plan to expand the program to the Milwaukee hospital Cafeteria and Café West within three to four months.

Marc Gorelick, MD, Children’s chief operating officer and executive vice president, is personally invested in the program. “We are always looking at ways to give back to the community,” said Gorelick. “This supports our vision that Wisconsin kids will be the healthiest in the nation. Composting is one way to give back – we’re giving our food waste back to the earth. This improves the health of the community by taking waste that would otherwise go to a landfill and generate greenhouse gases, and using it to create rich, productive soil in which healthy foods can grow. Our family has been composting at home for years, and every summer I look forward to harvesting the rewards. It’s easy – try it!”

“It’s easy” is the goal of the Sustainability Committee. A trio of receptacles located in three areas of Seven Sisters will be clearly labeled to help you determine what goes where: compost, landfill or recycling. Composting requires very little extra effort, but can provide a big, lasting impact on our community. Please contact Lauren Giuliani with any questions.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work.” - Vince Lombardi

Pictured above: Adam Johnsen, Director of EVS; Matt Saric, Director of Nutrition and Food Services; Lauren Giuliani, Operations and Project Director and Environmental Sustainability Committee Lead

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