By Denise Choiniere, MS, RN
UMMC Sustainability Manager
Editor’s Note: As UMMC’s sustainability manager, Denise Choiniere focuses on improving environmental quality and reducing the environmental impact of clinical processes and operations. Denise is a leader who serves as an advanced practitioner, educator, consultant, collaborator, and change agent who develops and leads a comprehensive sustainability program at UMMC. She has been with the Medical Center for over 12 years, and because of her work, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) now recognizes UMMC as a leader in the statewide movement to adopt more environmentally sound practices.
Prior to coming to the University of Maryland Medical Center, I worked at a hospital in Vermont where we recycled everything. So, when I came to Maryland, you can imagine my surprise at the lack of recycling I saw taking place around me. Eventually, I got tired of throwing away items that could be recycled and decided to make a change.
Now, I’m very proud to announce that the University of Maryland Medical Center is taking great strides to go green. Employees throughout UMMC recognize that sustaining a healthy environment is essential to maintaining both personal and public health and have become committed to promoting healthy patients and communities locally and globally by safeguarding the environment.
There are many “green” success stories happening throughout the hospital. Watch my story below to learn more.