MedStar | Green Cleaning
In 2012, MedStar’s Franklin Square Medical Center (FSMC) signed on to HHI’s Less Waste and Safer Chemicals Challenges. FSMC had been working on improving its waste profile for years by reducing regulated medical waste and increasing recycling, but implementing a green cleaning program was a new challenge. Before the development of this program, FSMC’s housekeeping department used a separate cleaner for nearly everything. By standardizing its chemical cleaners, the facility was able to make a global shift to Green Seal-certified, eco-preferred options for bathroom cleaners, neutral cleaners and glass cleaners, and to reduce employee confusion and achieve significant financial savings. To supplement this transition, FSMC implemented a chemical-free floor stripping technology, adopted a chemical-control floor waxing process, and switched from reusable to microfiber mops – all of which have contributed to budget and other environmental savings.
The goal of FSMC's green cleaning program was to improve indoor air quality and employee satisfaction, but the measures taken to implement it also have contributed to a $192,000 reduction in the organization’s 2012 housekeeping supply budget. As one of HHI's founding sponsors, MedStar has succeeded in achieving many sustainability best management practices. MedStar continues to challenge itself to find new, innovative ways to further its sustainability mission and expand its sustainability program.