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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
EN-16: Hospital Network

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brenda Nissley
Environmental Sustainability and Waste Management
Harborview Medical Center Environmental Services
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Is the institution a member of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network?:
No

Is the institution a member of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative?:
Yes

Is the institution a member of Practice Greenhealth?:
Yes

A brief description of the hospital’s sustainability initiatives:

UW Medicine has been recognized for environmental leadership by Practice GreenHealth.

Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and Valley Medical Center have initiated numerous projects that contribute to environmental sustainability. In 2013, these projects diverted a total of 2,345 tons from our landfills through a combination of methods including recycling, composting food waste and reducing packaging on incoming supplies.

Energy-conservation projects reduced electrical power consumption by nearly 12 million kilowatt hours per year. This equals a reduction of over 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment and is equivalent to planting 2,772 acres of trees. Other projects focused on energy-efficient facility upgrades, adopting safer cleaning technologies and chemicals, and purchasing local and sustainable food products.


The website URL where information about the hospital’s sustainability initiatives is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.