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Green Business Recognition for Good Sam

The Village is pleased to announce that Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized as a Downers Grove Green Business for their environmentally sustainable practices in energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention. Members of the Good Samaritan Hospital Green Team were recognized at the Village Council meeting on December 17, 2013, as well as at the Environmental Concerns Commission meeting in November. 

Since 2008, Good Samaritan Hospital (GSAM) has made significant strides towards reducing energy consumption. Advocate and GSAM have an energy reduction target of 20% by 2015 and have taken the following steps to reach this goal:

  • Installation of programmable thermostats
  • Insulation of hot water wipes and refrigeration lines
  • Replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED lighting
  • On-site energy use auditing

Recycling materials whenever possible is an important part of any sustainability plan. According to the GSAM Green Team, in 2012 over 80,000 lbs of materials used during the course of daily hospital operations were diverted from the wastestream.  Here is a recycling breakdown:

  • Office paper: 1,500 lbs
  • Newspaper: 1,100 lbs
  • Magazines: 1,200 lbs
  • Cardboard: 25,350 lbs
  • Wood: 2,460 lbs
  • Metal: 200 lbs
  • Concrete: 10,200 lbs
  • Shred It: 25,467 lbs
  • Medical waste: 18,232 lbs
  • Aluminum, glass, plastic, fiber cartons: 4,871 lbs

Water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention are important elements of the program and there are many green features on the hospital's campus including:

  • Permeable pavement parking lot to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Wetland area for cleansing of stormwater runoff
  • Timer and moisture sensor on irrigation system
  • Native low water or no water landscaping
  • Plant landscaping near parking areas to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Use of environmentally-sound cleaning products

The items listed here are just a sampling of the many outstanding environmentally sustainable activities underway at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. Congratulations for being a Downers Grove Green Business.

The goal of the Green Business Recognition Program is to recognize businesses within the Village of Downers Grove that support the Village's goals of Continual Innovation and Steward of Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability. Questions about the program may be directed to Nick Santoro at (630) 493-8875.