Sustainability

With a ‘Patients First’ vision and approach to care, HSC embraces its goal to provide environmentally sustainable operations while bringing value to high quality work and outcomes that foster public trust and comfort. Environmentally Sustainable practices are one large step to facilitating healthier internal, local and global communities within our healthcare system.

HSC's Environmental Sustainability (ES) plan focuses on five key areas:

If you have a green project in mind or you would like to know more about what HSC is doing, e-mail green@hsc.mb.ca.


News

SilverHSC Achieves BOMA BESt Level 2

HSC PsycHealth Centre and HSC Children's received a certified silver designation from the BOMA BESt Healthcare program. HSC is excited to be one of the first facilities to participate in a program specifically designed to reduce the ecological impact of healthcare facilities while providing patients, visitors and staff with a healing environment. BOMA Canada has built on these efforts by offering managers and operators of health care facilities a BOMA BESt module specifically designed to fit their building’s unique energy and environmental profiles. For more information, visit the BOMA BESt Healthcare website.


Energy

HSC aims to conserve energy and improve our overall energy efficiency throughout the campus, while promoting environmentally safe, cost effective and sustainable energy use within the campus; Regulation and management of energy is one of HSC's biggest ES achievements. These projects include:

  • Lighting retrofits were completed of the T-12 fluorescent lighting bulbs to T-8/T-5 bulbs along with electronic high efficiency ballasts. Currently LED retrofit and replacements are being tested to further enhance energy efficiency.
  • Replacement of most incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Central Control Monitoring System (CCMS) to regulate heating and cooling systems as well as operate at the highest efficiency
  • Direct Digital Control (DDC) designed to minimize operating time based on occupancy patters throughout the hospital. Dampers to match ventilation levels to occupancy
  • Steam Pressure Reset is used to reduce steam heat distribution losses in various older buildings
  • Retrofitted pump and fan systems with variable frequency drives to reduce energy
  • Intelligent parking lot controls block heater plug load in parkades to ensure power is not being wasted during warm winter periods and manages overall peak electrical consumption
  • Working with Manitoba Hydro, SMS Engineering, ABB Controls and Optimum Energy to create the Second Central Energy Plant chilled water optimization project – seen in the videos below.

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Water

HSC's water management and reduction strategies have been successful. The centre uses the same amount of water as it did 20 years ago. Water savings were made possible through the following projects:

  • Tap aerators throughout the campus reduce water flow
  • Housekeeping uses micro-fiber mops for cleaning which have reduced water consumption
  • Reduced primary reliance on water sealed medical vacuum systems
  • Deleted all single pass domestic water systems used for cooling with a year round closed loop cooling system

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Waste

HSC's building operation and management team repurposes materials within the centre whenever possible. Some of the waste diversion projects include:

  • Comprehensive recycling program, the first of its kind in Winnipeg hospitals that diverts approximately 113 metric tonnes of recyclables from landfills annually.
  • Recycle newspapers, magazines, cardboards, all paper, waxed milk cartons, juice boxes, aluminum and steel beverage containers and plastics #1-7
  • Recycle confidential waste, used oil from various mechanical building sources, scrap metal and e-waste
  • Fluorescent light bulbs are crushed and picked up by local recycler
  • Surplus office furniture and items are reused within hospital, sold to other facilities or donated to other non-profit agencies
  • Compostable garbage bags are used
  • Reuse internally or sell/donate used building materials
  • Battery recycling program in place with the help of Call2Recycle.

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Transportation

HSC's central location reduces environmental impacts based on transportation. Here are some of the transportation projects:

  • No cost bike compounds for staff are located throughout the centre with two secure parking areas and a number of unmanned racks around the centre
  • Security vehicle is a hybrid vehicle
  • Staff have access to carpooling system at carpool.ca
  • Located on 9 major public transit routes
  • HSC Bug (bicycle user group) to provide support for staff cyclists and active transportation advocacy around the centre.

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Purchasing

As a healthcare facility, HSC is mindful of the products purchased to operate the facility. Here are some of the purchasing initiatives:

  • Low impact non-butyl biodegradable cleaning products that are Green Seal Certified or Eco Logo Certified
  • All paper bathroom products are EcoLogo certified
  • Fair Trade coffee is served at Retail Food Services locations
  • Manitoba produce used for a portion of Patient Food and Retail Food Services
  • HSC has an Environmentally Responsible Procurement policy
  • Retail Food Services and Maintenance maintain a herb garden in the Rehab Courtyard which provides herbs, tomatoes and lettuce for use in the cafeteria

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