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DALLAS – For Parkland Health & Hospital System, celebrating Earth Day — a worldwide acknowledgement to protect the planet — is a chance to showcase what employees are doing all year long to recycle, conserve energy and reduce the carbon footprint.
Parkland will operate two booths from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 20 – 21 at Earth Day Dallas, a free event in Fair Park. Parkland staff members will be on hand to explain in detail what the hospital is doing to protect the earth. In addition there will be games and souvenirs for all ages. Last year more than 58,000 people attended Earth Day Dallas.
At both the main Dallas campus at 5201 Harry Hines Blvd. and the new campus under construction, Parkland has made a conscious effort to reuse materials, become energy efficient and limit the amount of harmful gases depleting the earth’s ozone layer.
“From the first rollout of Parkland’s Sustainability Committee in April 2011 till today, there have been many initiatives implemented that are yielding fantastic results,” said James Tucker, Director of Organizational Sustainability & Energy Conservation at Parkland.
Parkland has been dedicated to recycling. More than 46 tons of paper and 21 tons of cardboard are recycled every month. Parkland also recycles 1 million gallons of laundry wash water per month. In addition, 75 percent of materials used in constructing the new campus will be recycled or salvaged.
Parkland also has reduced its energy intensity by 4.5 percent and reached an Energy Star Score of 53, up from 23 in August 2010. The new Tower Parking Garage boasts photovoltaic solar panels, which generate enough power for two floors of garage lighting. In addition, energy efficient lighting and controls will be installed in the new hospital.
To help reduce its carbon footprint, Parkland chose refrigeration equipment for its new power plant that uses a non-ozone depleting refrigerant. Boilers will burn natural gas and other fuels to turn water into steam used for heating. This will help create 87 percent fewer volatile organic compounds. In addition, the land that the new campus sits on is a converted brownfield.
Walter Jones, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Facility, Planning and Development, said he expects the new Parkland campus to receive a silver certification, and possibly gold, from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, which sets voluntary standards for buildings.
But Jones said awards are second to improving patient care.
“It starts with the overall global purpose of the hospital — a sustainable resource for Dallas County,” he said.