The NYHQ Sustainability Council Presents the Annual Earth Day Fair
April 22, 2013
New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) celebrated Earth Day by hosting a fair that showcased the hospital’s green initiatives that benefit the community, patients and the bottom line. These green initiatives helped NYHQ meet Mayor Bloomberg’s challenge to area hospitals, universities and businesses to reduce overall carbon emissions by 30 percent over ten years. Last week, the Mayor announced that NYHQ is the first participating hospital to meet and exceed his challenge by reducing emissions by 31 percent in only two years.
“Our goal is to reduce the hospital’s environmental impact and support the health and well-being of our patients and our community,” said Kevin Mannle, associate vice president, Facilities Management, NYHQ. “Participating in the Mayor’s challenge encouraged the hospital to accelerate our green program and we are proud to have met this challenge. NYHQ is continuously committed to sustaining the environment through expanding our green initiatives.”
Several initiatives featured at the Earth Day Fair helped NYHQ meet the Mayor’s challenge and save the hospital approximately $2.5 million each year:
NYHQ is an Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense partner and promotes water conservation
throughout the hospital’s facilities. The West Building of NYHQ is fitted with low flow water fixtures to help conservation efforts.
|Kevin Mannle, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management, NYHQ, (center) explains the benefits of a green roof installation.|
Each year, the hospital vendors attend the
Day Fair to educate employees and visitors on being green.
NYHQ Earth Day Fair 2012
On April 23, 2012, NYHQ held its second annual Earth Day Fair. The event showcased multiple green initiatives throughout our hospital environment. Booths were set up in the Lang Auditorium Lobby with fun facts and information, including updates to our energy program, PlaNYC, infrastructure projects, recycling,and waste reduction strategies. Staff were able to come see what is new and green at NYHQ. Complimentary green ice cream (pistachio flavored) was served to all who attended. Energy saving raffle prizes were available including three energy star rated room air conditioners and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Mets tickets and a Hess truck gift basket were also raffled off.
The event was covered by local media as well. New York 1 filmed an interview with Director of Engineering, Kevin Mannle, that aired later that week. The Korean Channel and QueensLatino.com also covered the event and interviewed staff and presenters. Go to our Green Newsroom page to see links to these and other media stories.
Several of our green partners were on hand as well to showcase new initiatives.
|Kevin Mannle, Director of Engineering, shows Dr Juang the NYHG Green website pages||Jennifer Kearney of Gotham 360 enlists "Change the World" pledge partners.|
Earth Day Fair 2011
New York Hospital Queens held its first ever Earth Day Fair on April 27, 2011. Many departments showcased current green initiatives and new green practices soon to be unveiled at NYHQ. The launching of our website's NHYQ Goes Green section along with our new recycling initiatives were some of the event highlights.
Attendees were able to participate in raffles for energy saving prizes and free green ice cream was served as well. The spoons for the ice cream were made from biodegradable corn starch.
The Earth Day Fair was featured in Environment & Energy Publishing, a leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets. Read the full article here.
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Each year, as summer kicks off, NYHQ hosts a free BBQ for all employees across all shifts. The event features traditional BBQ fare, with giveaways, music, and this year, a "green" table where employees could sign up for the EPA's Battle of the Buildings competition. This year's BBQ was held on June 16, 2011. Over 3,000 employees attended the lunch session alone.