Conservation programmes are done on a large scale at a 200-acre hospital campus, but leaders at Health City Cayman Islands would like to see their efforts duplicated at the household level throughout the islands.
HCCI recently announced 2015 statistics for energy, water and waste reduction. Water harvesting and re-use, for example, saved an estimated 3.6 million gallons of water. Inside the building, efforts to reduce food and paper waste, and treat medical waste on-site, have translated into an estimate that 60 percent of HCCI’s waste stream has been diverted from landfill.
Hospitals measure waste on a “per patient bed” basis, and the average U.S. hospital generate 21 pounds per day. Construction Design and Facilities Manager Ryan Smith says, “We’re running at about 18 pounds now and we want to get it down to around ten.”
Project Director Gene Thompson says conservation is a good idea at any level, and they hope to inspire employees, patients and visitors to follow their lead.
“We would hope so, he said. “We try to prompt people as much as we can to try to embrace being better stewards of the environment. I hope what we’re doing here will set an example for a few other people to give it a shot and see what happens.”
Health City is planning to add a renewable energy component this year with a 1.2 megawatt solar/HVAC system.