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Sustainable Health Care means delivering health care to meet today’s needs without compromising the health needs of future generations 


A video message from Bill Santulli, Executive Vice Preisdent, Chief Operating Officer

As a health system, Advocate Health Care is committed to serving the health needs of individuals, families and communities. We recognize the inextricable link between a healthy ecosystem and human health. It is natural for us to strive to deliver health care that meets today’s needs without compromising the health needs of future generations. Through the commitment of a growing coalition of leaders, physicians and associates, Advocate is proud to be spearheading efforts to mitigate environmental harm and contribute to the well being and health of the communities we are privileged to serve. In 2012, Advocate demonstrated progress in its efforts to be ‘true stewards of the environment’ in many ways.

2012 Sustainable Operations Results:

  • 14.5 percent cumulative reduction in energy consumption since 2008
  • 30 percent reduction in medical waste volume since 2010
  • 73 percent of major construction and demolition debris recycled
  • 27 percent of paper, glass, plastic and cans recycled
  • 34 percent increase in medical device reprocessing and related waste reduction

2013 Goals

  • Reduce energy consumption by 2 percent (over the 2012 baseline) in support of a multi-year goal to reduce energy by 20 percent by the end of 2015
  • Reduce total solid waste from landfill by 500,000 pounds over the 2012 baseline
  • Reduce medical waste across the system to 1.65 pounds per adjusted patient day
  • Reduce paper consumption by 10 percent over the 2010 baseline
  • Recycle at least 30 percent of paper, glass, plastic and aluminum waste

Environmental Stewardship Awards

Advocate Health Care recently honored 21 associates and physicians with the second annual Environmental Stewardship Awards. These individuals were recognized at a special event near America Recycles Day for being true stewards of our environment.  Please take a moment to view a video featuring some of these "green leaders."


What We're Doing

You can learn more about Advocate's commitment to conservation and sustainability by reading the most recent Environmental Stewardship Report. Here are a few highlights.

Leaner Energy Smarter Purchasing
Less Waste Awards and Recognition
Healthy Spaces Engaged Leadership


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