Go Green with OHSU: Join the EcoChallenge

How does protecting the environment matter for human health? That’s something I think about a lot, along with my fellow Green Team members.

Public health and environmental protection are deeply intertwined, so it makes sense that one of the ways OHSU promotes healing is through sustainable practices.

LEEDThe Green Team is a group of employees who are committed to sustainability and the environment, and work together, many of them on a volunteer basis, to advance green initiatives at the institution.

Our members have implemented programs ranging from recycling plastics in the operating room to purchasing meat raised without added antibiotics, to the big obvious ones you can see like our energy and water efficient LEED buildings and infrastructure for public transit, biking, and walking.

Currently, we are focusing on making our sustainability agenda even more coordinated, strategic, and robust. Our goal is to help OHSU continue to promote healing throughout our region and beyond.

One way we like to show our commitment to sustainability is through the Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge. We have an OHSU team and we would love it if you joined us! For two weeks, October 15-29th, we challenge you (and ourselves) to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet.

The EcoChallenge website has many suggestions for habits to start. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • I’ll wash my clothes using cold water and air dry them.
  • I’ll disable screen savers — they use 28% more energy; I will put the computer to sleep instead.
  • I plan to check for leaks: dripping faucets can waste 20 gallons of water per day.

Remember: start small, from wherever you are, and don’t let perfect get in the way of good. Change is hard – but rewarding – and any progress helps. Thanks for all you do to protect the environment and advance public health! The OHSU Green Team salutes you.


Orly headshot (2)Orly Stampfer is the OHSU Sustainability Coordinator. Along with her fellow Green Team members, she promotes sustainable initiatives at OHSU which advance environmental health for our patients, our staff, and our larger community.

One response to “Go Green with OHSU: Join the EcoChallenge

  1. I am so glad to see OHSU is participating in the EcoChallenge again this year. This is a great opportunity to make some positive changes in each of our daily routine.

    I really encourage folks to sign-up!

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