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Environmental Initiatives at UPMC

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Since 2007, the UPMC Environmental Initiatives program continues to address the incorporation of environmental sustainability in operations, services, and community impact. This program engages across all organizational divisions, facilities, and services.

As recognized for achieving the highest level possible of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Business Compact in 2014, UPMC is a regional leader of incorporating sustainability.

In 2019, UPMC was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a company focused on defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. 

In addition, UPMC Health Plan expands UPMC’s commitment to environmental stewardship and global health through its own "greening" programs.

What are Environmental Initiatives?

Goals of the UPMC Environmental Initiatives program are:

  • Resource conservation
  • Demand reduction
  • Waste minimization
  • Employee health and safety
  • Education
  • Sustained or improved quality of service
  • Industry performance alignment
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Research collaboration
  • Community collaboration for extended impact

Collaborating to Achieve Impact

While incorporating sustainability principles into practice, UPMC collaborates with many external entities 1) that leverage coordinated sustainable performance regionally, 2) that define and promote industry-based performance for facility design and operation, and administrative, medical and clinical services optimized for sustainability, and 3) that present the opportunity to initiate and lead. Examples of enduring collaborations include:

  • US Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge – Healthcare Subgroup
  • US Green Building Council – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Practice Greenhealth
  • Green Building Alliance
    • Pittsburgh 2030
    • Erie 2030
  • Sustainable Pittsburgh
    • CEOs for Sustainability
    • Sustainable Business Compact 
    • Sustainable Restaurant Certification program
  • Southwestern Pa Commission – Transportation Initiatives
  • Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities
  • Participation on government committees:
    • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    • Allegheny County 
    • City of Pittsburgh

Learn more about what the UPMC Environmental Initiatives program is doing for the community.

By the Numbers

Energy Efficiency 

  • 8 LEED certified properties greater than 2,000,000 total sq. ft. 
  • 13 LEED certified leased property projects over two properties greater than 869,000 total sq. ft. 
    • Mostly attributed to UPMC Health Plan occupancy of the US Steel Tower  

Storm Water Management

  • Outpatient Center — Hampton
  • Children's South 
  • UPMC South Hills
  • UPMC West
  • UPMC Northwest
  • Iroquois Building
  • UPMC Monroeville
  • UPMC East
  • 400 Oxford Drive Monroeville 
  • Oakdale CPS facility
  • UPMC Pinnacle Division:
    • Community Osteopathic
    • West Shore
    • Carlisle
    • Memorial
    • Lititz
    • Lancaster
    • Hanover
  • UPMC Susquehanna Division:
    • Lock Haven
    • Muncy
    • Wellsboro
    • Williamsport
    • Divine Providence

Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality:

  • 100% of owned facilities are unconditionally smoke-free for UPMC employees and contractors

Fleet Management:

  • 61 CNG employee shuttles that cover routes in Allegheny County 
  • 13 clean diesel trucks that transport materials between facilities and warehouse

Alternative Transportation:

  • 25 level II ev charge stations installed at UPMC facilities throughout Allegheny County 
    • 21 ev charge stations are publicly accessible 
  • 32 Pennsylvania hospitals and 1 New York hospital, are within 1 block of public transit
  • 4 urban hospitals in Allegheny county within close proximity to app-controlled bike rental station
  • 29 hospitals throughout Western PA and NY have publicly accessible bike racks 

Horticultural/Green Space Management

Facilities with onsite culinary gardens, healing gardens, sensory gardens, container gardens:

  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital 
  • UPMC Shadyside
  • UPMC Montefiore
  • UPMC St. Margaret
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Mercy
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Williamsport

Facilities with spacious aesthetic landscape:

  • UPMC Kane and UPMC Cole are located within the Allegheny National Forest
  • Forbes at Craft
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC West
  • UPMC Pinnacle Division
    • Community Osteopathic
    • West Shore
    • Carlisle
    • Memorial
    • Lititz
    • Lancaster
    • Hanover
  • UPMC Susquehanna Division:
    • Lock Haven
    • Muncy
    • Wellsboro
    • Williamsport
    • Divine Providence

Facilities that have earned PA Horticulture Community Greening recognition:

  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital 
  • UPMC Montefiore
  • UPMC Shadyside

Facilities with onsite beehives:

  • 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital 

Operational Material Donation Diversion

  • 4 Western PA hospitals donate prepared retail foods to 412FoodRescue
    • 2 donate monthly
  • All hospitals and some medical offices in Pennsylvania send surplus medical supplies to Global Links, Brothers Brother Foundation, and the UPMC Horizon Medical Equipment Recycling Program 

Community Engagement in Diversion

  • 6 facilities offering continuous collection of eyeglasses to Lions Club International
  • Over 10 years of Co-sponsoring household hazardous waste community collection
  • Over 7 years participating in the DOJ sponsored National Drug Take Back Day events at 14 facilities
  • 3 facilities (UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Shadyside) offering continuous unwanted medicine collection
  • Over 3 years of co-sponsoring community based reusable material collection events