Eco-friendly building projects include West Kendall Baptist Hospital, at SW 96 Street and SW 162 Avenue. The hospital is one of the first acute care hospitals in the region to be certified as a green building through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Other LEED-certification projects include the conversion of Homestead Hospital and the South Miami Medical Arts Building. Those buildings will conserve energy and water due to green building practices.
Baptist Health’s commitment to the environment dates back to 1972, when an energy-efficient plan was implemented for Baptist Hospital. That plan was the vision of Brian E. Keeley, an up-and-coming executive who led the building team with a passion for the environment. Nearly 40 years later, as CEO of Baptist Health, Mr. Keeley remains committed to green policies and construction.
Here is summary of eco-friendly initiatives launched over the last year:
- PC monitors. An energy-saving feature powers down computer monitors on more than 8,000 desktops throughout the organization after 30 minutes of inactivity. The measure will yield about $150,000 in annual energy savings.
- Waste management and recycling programs. Baptist Health recycles more than 20 tons of solid waste per month through a pilot program that is being rolled out throughout the organization.
- Paperless purchases. Baptist Health is eliminating catalogues and other paper materials from many purchasing processes.
- Recycled printing supplies. The organization uses recycled materials for printing.
- Educational and training events. Baptist Health provides sustainability training, Earth Day fairs and other educational opportunities to employees.
- Community outreach. Using print, television and online media, Baptist Health shares green initiatives with the public.
Community events include Hands on Miami Day, on which Baptist Health employees landscaped, painted and refurbished the Florida Baptist Children’ Home, a residence for abused and neglected children in Miami.