When we first began the planning process for the new children’s and women’s hospital, one of the things we knew right off the bat was that we wanted our new hospital to be “green.” Here are a few ways we’re “going green” at Mott:
- Cleaner air: Our new hospital is designed to minimize the use of cleaning products andbuilding materials that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, which essentially are gases that can affect the air our patients breathe, and therefore their ability to heal while in our care. The building also features HEPA filters hospital-wide to ensure the highest standards of air quality so that patients with compromised immune systems will be able to walk in the hallway and not be confined to their room.
- Less waste: We already offer recycling in our facilities, but we’re especially proud of the fact that 93% of the material harvested from the site the new hospital was built on has been recycled for use in the new Mott Children’s Hospital. More than 200 tons of concrete and asphalt were recycled from the project site. Even the beverage containers from the hundreds of workers on the construction site each day are being recycled, many of which will be featured in a magnificent art exhibit in our new lobby! (Watch for more on this in a future post!!)
Less energy consumption: Our new “living roof” (aka our “green roof”) is made up of seven kinds of plants. The more than 70,000 individual seedlings help insulate the building and reduce energy loss, resulting in anticipated reduction of heating and cooling costs by 50%! A green roof also lasts about 20 years longer than a traditional roof.
- Peace of Mind: Our staff and visitors will feel the “green” difference just by looking around! Research has shown a positive impact on health, comfort, and productivity of people who spend time in an environment with abundant natural light and good air quality. All of our patient rooms have windows that let in ample natural light, and, in many cases, offer views of U-M’s beautiful arboretum. The goal is to create an environment where patients and staff will have an easier time focusing on improving healthcare and recovery.
Learn more about Mott’s environmentally friendly features.
Thanks to all these environmentally friendly aspects of the news hospital, we are pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design) certification. We will keep you posted on our progress with achieving this designation!
What do you think?
Do you have more suggestions for making Mott green that we should consider as we get ready to move in next fall? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts!