Vidant Hospitals | Green Council for Engaged Leadership

Vidant Chowan and Vidant Bertie Hospitals have made great progress enrolled in all six HHI Challenge Areas.  The support of their shared Administration and Green Council has made their 2012 sustainability accomplishments possible. After several months of meetings with administrators and employees, Vidant Chowan and Bertie Hospitals’ Green Council was launched in October 2011. It evolved into one small Green Council responsible for both hospitals borrowing heavily from HHI for its structure, reporting to the Director of Clinical and Support Services as its Executive Sponsor, and identifying a Communication Officer, Clinical Champion, and Sustainability Coordinator to manage the program.

Vidant’s Green Council organizes and supports its team of “data collectors” and its Green Teams on specific projects.  It helps oversee waste stream management, employee engagement in recycling, sustainability education, maintenance of the Energy Star portfolio, data collection, collaboration with the local farmers’ market, and the formation of Green Teams with specific sustainability-related projects.  Monthly reports on progress are given at Management Council meetings, while the Executive Sponsor provides quarterly reports to the board.

Vidant Bertie realized a 37 percent solid waste reduction, and a 66 percent operating room recycling rate. Vidant Chowan realized a 27 percent landfill diversion rate, resulting in a 33 percent reduction in solid waste expenses overall. The hospitals have shared their successes with Vidant Health’s other community hospitals and have recommended that they implement similar programs.