More than 500 hospitals across the United States with more than $20 billion in purchasing power are joining forces in a project called the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) in an effort to reduce energy costs, reduce waste, boost recycling and buy "environmentally preferable" materials.
In an interview with Plastics Today, John Messervy, chairman of the HHI, described the consortium as a place where best practices are exchanged. Each member is pursuing its own strategies. Cost reduction is one of the major goals of the project, Messervy said, adding: "That's the environment we live in today."
An architect and the Director of Capital and Facilities Planning for Partners HealthCare in Boston, Messervy began a sustainability initiative in 2008 and says the HHI project is partly a continuation of efforts at Partners to design "green buildings".