Mission Green contest winners' ideas announced

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Swapna Gayam, MD, recently announced the four winners of the "best ideas" contest for Mission Green, an iniative to make WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals greener.

Below is a brief summary of the plans presented by each winner:

Ramona A Rush:

  • Create a roof-top garden to grow vegetables that can be used by Nutrition Services. This could also be used as therapy for occupational and physical therapy patients.
  • Eliminate cafeteria food waste by donating to homeless shelters.

Sarah J. Arend:

  • Initiate Mission Green teams at each WVU Medicine hospital to encourage employee engagement.
  • Convert water fountains to filtered water bottle fillers with counters.
  • Provide recycling education and promote proper recycling practices.
  • Swap styrofoam containers in cafeteria with recycled materials.
  • Change to LED lighting.
  • Track, report, and promote resulting improvements in communities to emphasize improved stewardship of resources.

Dale Quinlan

  • Avoid printing every order in the Emergency Department and elsewhere to save paper.
  • Create a bigger push for recycling in the hospital.
  • Provide paper/cardboard-based food containers.

Debra M Martin

  • Create a kitchen garden on WVU Hospitals' property where employees and patients can plant and pick produce.
  • Compost leftover vegetable scraps, which could be used for the garden.
  • Create green space with flowers and benches and/or a green house; add benches for people to sit and enjoy the green space.

Dr. Gayam thanks each participant in the contest. Although the contest is over, Mission Green still accepts ideas and suggestions.