Environmental Stewardship


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o Volunteers are all hospital caregivers, who tend to the garden, water the produce, and harvest. Volunteers are managed by the Green Team. o The garden program is done in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank program, which provides the rules for food donation and approves operations. Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center Grows cilantro, rosemary, mint, and other herbs in their garden, where their kitchen caregivers harvest them for patient meals. For more information, please contact Heidi Davis, Manager—Teaching Kitchen Program at heidi.davis@providence.org, Wendy Trapp, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, BS, MHA at wendy.trapp@providence.org, or Beth Watts, RN at elizabeth.watts@providence.org. Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Everett, Washington Addresses key environmental stewardship opportunities, including sustainable agriculture, through a comprehensive WE ACT framework developed by their environmental stewardship committee. Efforts and successes include: o 50 percent of food is locally sourced, and contractually required by our food vendor. o Uses a food waste reduction software program called LeanPath which cuts food waste in half and makes labor more efficient by tracking and measuring the purchasing and preparing of food. https://www.leanpath.com/healthcare/ o Weighs and reports food waste daily and weekly on a central bulletin board in the café for all caregivers to see, which builds camaraderie, accountability, and transparency. o Hosts Farmer's Markets where locally grown fruit, produce, and jellies/jams are sold. o Selected energy and water efficient appliances during the last kitchen renovation including fan cooled ice machines, LED lighting, programmable hood controls, and composting (instead of garbage disposals). For more information please contact Mersedeh Schmidt, RD, Director Nutrition Services at mersedeh.schmidt@providence.org or Frank Goff, Executive Chef at frank.goff@providence.org. Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington Claims bragging rights as the first hospital in the organization, and the second hospital in North America, to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. St. Peter first received this certification in 2015. o MSC certification ensures that seafood products bearing the blue MSC ecolabel are fully traceable through the supply chain to a fishery that has been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Video: What does MSC mean? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVD8INZwaU0

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