ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Practice Greenhealth, a leader in promoting efficiency, environmental
stewardship and patient safety, has presented its 2015 “Champion for
Change” Award to 3M Health Care for the company’s success in greening
its operations and for helping customers improve their environmental
“At 3M we apply science to solve customer needs every day, whether it is
to help improve patient outcomes, reduce waste or use less energy,” said
Ann Meitz, sustainability director, 3M Health Care Business Group.
3M was recognized for its commitment to sustainability, including:
Preventing the generation of nearly 4 billion pounds of pollutants
since 1975 through completion of more than 11,800 Pollution Prevention
Pays (3P) projects.
A 42% reduction in global water usage and 50% improved energy
efficiency, indexed to net sales, since the year 2000.
A 57% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, on an absolute basis,
3M solutions for improving outcomes and sustainability in health care
Medical tapes designed for single-patient use that help combat
cross-contamination and reduce costs by minimizing waste.
Forced-air patient warming blankets, proven to help reduce infection
risk by sustaining normal body temperature during surgery, that are
made of a lightweight material to help minimize waste after use.
Blood and fluid warming systems, which also help reduce infection risk
by keeping surgical patients warm, with tubing sets that are no longer
made with Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
In addition to health care products, 3M also makes sun-filtering
window films, water filtration systems and surface cleaning products
designed to help hospitals and other facilities reduce energy, water
usage and waste.
“I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of the many people who have
contributed to 3M’s strong track record of waste, energy and water
reduction in our operations—as well as 3Mers all around the world who
continue to develop innovative solutions for health care providers,”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented
in Portland, Oregon, May 14, at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition,
the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily.
With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers
all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the
world’s problems at www.3M.com
or on Twitter @3M
About Practice Greenhealth:
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that
empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental
stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best
practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.