Virginia Mason Memorial is committed to supporting and improving sustainability in health care. We believe the “first do no harm” doctrine extends not only into how we treat patients, but also in how we impact the air they breathe and the soil where their food is grown. We see it as a commitment to our patients, their families, and future generations of their families. Providing high quality care while reducing costs, enhancing health and preventing environmental illness.
Our award-winning environmental stewardship initiative, EnviroMason, is fully supported — from senior leadership to our team members. It empowers every one of us to reduce our environmental impact in every aspect of our daily work. The Virginia Mason Production System helps us identify and implement waste reduction measures. Our Green Team, made up of members from around the organization, supports — and often inspires — these efforts.
- Virginia Mason Memorial awarded national recognition for sustainability programs
- Clinicians, chefs collaborate on hospital meals- How 3 hospitals are going antibiotic free
- Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital wins a 2016 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award
- Memorial plants onsite garden to supply Cafe with fresh veggies
We are committed to provide our patients and team with healthy, local, sustainably harvested food. Learn more
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is one of the ways we reduce what we send to our local landfill. We average 190 tons of recycled materials a year. Learn more
Lighting, water, and heating all contribute to our energy usage. We focus on reduction initiatives to lower our carbon footprint. Learn more
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Virginia Mason is expanding its efforts to educate about the human health impacts of climate change. Learn more
Leadership and Community
Our leadership has made an environmental commitment to do no harm and create healthier staff, patients, community and planet. Learn more
Lean and Green
Cost savings and reduction activities in addition to healthier interiors and safer chemicals throughout the organization Learn more