It's Easy Being Green at Providence

June 01, 2012

Providence is committed to the communities it serves, which is why each facility has implemented environmentally friendly practices that help foster more sustainable communities. “Every little thing adds up and leads us to truly live out our core value of Stewardship,” says Sara Kettler, sustainability coordinator at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.

Here’s a sampling of the green deeds happening across the Providence system.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center:

As the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver-certified hospital in Southern California, Providence Holy Cross features energy-saving roofing, water-efficient landscaping and an air conditioning system designed to reduce ozone depletion.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro:

A few notable green initiatives here include landscaping with 95 percent California native, drought-tolerant plants; the installation of water-saving devices on sinks; and the installation of a cardboard baler to crush and recycle cardboard boxes. The hospital also has received four Energy Star awards and is plastic bottle-free.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance:

This medical center received the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award for its efforts to increase recycling and the installation of occupancy sensors, energy efficient lamps and daylight controls for lighting.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center:

Cafeteria staff has placed an emphasis on purchasing locally grown produce, eliminating non-compostable materials (i.e., Styrofoam) and installing recycling bins.

Providence Tarzana Medical Center:

Energy-efficient bulbs and recycle bins have been installed hospital-wide. In addition, Providence Tarzana is saving hundreds of gallons of water each month by using recycled water to run certain pieces of equipment, and the installation of electronic medical records continues to conserve copious amounts of paper.