The Department of Pharmacy has become the first unit of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center to receive the Green Buckeye honor.
Green Buckeye certification is a University-wide initiative to recognize Ohio State areas that are doing their part and more to protect the environment. The certification process asks employees about their practices related to communication of environmental goals, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, water conservation and purchasing.
Like many successful initiatives, Pharmacy’s program started small and grew.
“Liz Trolli and I have been consciously trying to integrate more environmentally focused initiatives into our everyday work life. All of us have an opportunity to make a significant difference. As a department of 350 employees, we can have a considerable impact when small changes are made,” says Lauren Kleinman, administrative manager in Pharmacy, who has helped spearhead the department’s green movement.
Here’s a sampling of practices Pharmacy staff are working on: more recycling bins; a copier with an added scanner-email functionality to cut back on paper usage; conveniently located coffee pots to encourage multiple-use instead of single-use cups; dishes and silverware to encourage re-use instead of single-use plastic ware; caterers with environmentally friendly practices; and electronic rather than print communications. The Department of Pharmacy will also pioneer the way by holding the first zero-waste event for the Wexner Medical Center. When the Pharmacy Residents graduate this June, their celebration will be missing only one thing: a trash can.
“This is something to truly be proud about as this demonstrates yet again our Department’s leadership and innovation,” Kleinman adds.