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Tanner Green

Tanner.org - jpg - TannerGreenLogoSince the Tanner Green initiative began in 2006, Tanner Health System has remained committed to finding, adopting and championing environmentally-friendly practices. For Tanner, this initiative is a continuation of the full continuum of quality health care that we provide to communities in west Georgia and east Alabama. Learn more by watching theTanner Green slideshow at the bottom of this page.

Tanner employees have remained passionate about theTanner Green initiative, and we have found more and more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here is a comprehensive list of the things we are doing at our facilities to reduce our impact on Earth’s precious and life-giving resources:

  • Improvements in maintenance and operations
    • Well water for landscaping
    • Low-mercury light bulbs
    • Energy-efficient chillers and a heat-recovery unit
    • Variable speed drives for pumps and air handlers
    • Increased roof insulation
    • Economizer modes in air handling systems
    • State-of-the-art air conditioning controls
    • Photo sensors to control parking deck lights
    • Replacement of low-efficiency through-the-wall air conditioning units
  • Improvement in housekeeping
    • Environmentally-friendly cleaning agents and systems
    • Biodegradable trash bags
    • Recycled paper products
    • Core-less toilet paper rolls
  • Improvements in the labor and delivery rooms and operating rooms
    • Reducing medical waste by using sterile and reusable alternatives to disposable surgical gowns, drapes, towels and basins
  • Donating empty laundry detergent barrels to Carroll County Master Gardeners to be transformed into rain barrels
  • Reusing batteries
  • Reusing office paper to make note pads
  • Monthly sustainability workshops for employees and medical staff
  • Earth Day activities
  • Recycle plastic and glass during annual fundraising black tie gala
  • Weekly Farmers' Market at Tanner Café in Carrollton every Thursday during the summer
  • Company newsletter published online
  • Improvements in the cafeterias
    • Locally-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables
    • Socially, economically and environmentally-responsible Eco-Grounds&™ coffee
    • Lower prices on healthy foods
    • Cold cups made with at least 20 percent post-consumer recycled material
    • Hot cups made with 100 percent renewable resources
    • Take-out containers made with at least 94 percent renewable resources
    • Greenhouse for growing herbs
    • Plasticware eating utensil dispensers mete out a single utensil at a time
    • Napkin dispensers provide a single napkin at a time
    • Napkins, made from 20 percent recycled materials
  • Print Shop
    • "Greenest" press on the market - Presstek DI press (highly automated four-color digital offset printing press)
      • Eliminates chemistry-based platemaking with its associated chemistry and waste (including waste water) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
      • Waterless printing
        • Reduces VOCs by 75 percent
        • Preserves water
      • Enables use of vegetable-based waterless offset inks and other "renewable" inks; reducing toxins in the waste stream
      • Creates less waste by using paper more efficiently
  • Recycling programs
    • Aluminum
    • Cardboard
    • Plastic
    • Phone books
    • Copier, fax and printer cartridges
  • Corporate sponsorships, partnerships and memberships
    • Keep Carroll Beautiful
    • SRI Surgical
    • Georgia Native Plant Society

Grants to Green

Grants to Green logoTanner Medical Foundation was awarded a Grants to Green Assessment through the Community Partnerships Committee of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The Grants to Green Award is part of a larger initiative that Tanner Health System has undertaken to reduce the system’s impact on the environment by creating a long-term sustainability plan.

Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. The founding partners of Grants to Green are The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (www.cfgreateratlanta.org) providing expertise in grantmaking, Southface (www.southface.org) providing expertise in energy efficiency, and Enterprise Community Partners (www.enterprisecommunity.org) providing expertise in community development.

Tanner Green Slide Show

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