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Taking your Green Initiative to the New Medical Facility Construction Site

By Cindy Juhas on Jan 8, 2020 1:44:33 PM

Most healthcare systems have a Green Initiative and are making great strides in reducing carbon emissions in their daily activities. To a large extent though, many are not looking at what happens at a new facility construction site. CME Corp’s Cindy Juhas recently published an article, “When green sites earn black marks” in Healthcare Purchasing News. Cindy cited an article in Building Forward that stated “While green building and energy efficiency have been a rallying cry of the construction industry for nearly two decades, the amount of waste that’s produced at construction sites to build these more environmentally friendly structures has only continued to rise, as builders still simply throw out materials on-site that could be recycled or reused.” 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there were 548 million tons of construction and demolition waste generated in the U.S. in 2015, the latest period for which data is available.

CME can help you enhance your Green Initiative at the construction site in 3 ways:

  • Decreasing cardboard, pallets and other packing materials

    • CME receives all products at their service centers located across the country. We unpack items prior to delivery and recycle most of the shipping materials. There is a small percentage of equipment that is kept in their original shipping packaging, as those products may have multiple parts that need to stay together or are too delicate to be unpacked in advance.

    • CME assembles the equipment at our service centers and delivers the new equipment blanket wrapped and protected so they are ready-to-use as soon as they are placed in their final location.

  • Working with manufacturers on greener delivery solutions

    • CME works with manufacturers to get them to use more recyclable packing materials and to reduce cardboard when shipping. Some products can be shipped from the manufacturer blanket-wrapped although this is more expensive and more time-consuming for the manufacturer.

  • Recycling, donating or reselling decommissioned equipment

    • If the construction involves renovating or repurposing space, there could be older, decommissioned equipment involved. CME can help you dispose of the old equipment instead of sending it to the dump where it will add to those carbon emissions. For more information on CME’s disposition solutions, read our blog, “3 Ways CME Can Help With Healthcare Equipment Disposition.

Besides helping at the construction site, CME can also help you choose greener equipment including refrigeration, PVC alternatives and more. For more information on CME’s Eco-Friendly Solutions, read our eBook, “Eco-Friendly Solutions for Building a Green Healthcare Facility.

About CME Corp: CME is a comprehensive healthcare equipment and turn-key logistics company providing personalized support and service. With service centers nationwide that offer more than 2 million medical products from over 2,000 manufacturers, CME works to be a healthcare system’s complete equipment solution providing product selection, procurement, warehousing, assembly, staging, direct-to-site delivery, installation, disposition and biomed services for all of its equipment. For more information, visit www.cmecorp.com.

 

Topics: New Hospital Construction, hospital construction project, Medical Construction Project

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