Certification and Commitments
When BOMA Quebec launched its Go Green certification program to recognize buildings where environmental best practices have been implemented, the MUHC stepped up to the plate. BOMA certification is a useful tool to help the MUHC meet its objectives for greening existing buildings. Requirements:
- Energy (energy consumption, etc.)
- Water efficiency
- Resources (waste reduction and recycling)
- Emissions, effluents and other impacts (ozone depletion, hazardous materials, etc.)
- Indoor environment (including indoor air, lighting, and noise)
- Environmental management (including EMS documentation, purchasing etc.)
- In March 2006, the MUHC’s Montreal General Hospital became the first hospital in Canada to be certified “Go Green.”
- In May 2007, its Royal Victoria Hospital became the first hospital in Canada to be certified “Go Green Plus.”
- In November 2007, its Montreal Children’s Hospital was certified “Go Green Plus.”
- Re-certification of these facilities is an ongoing process, as is the certification of the MUHC’s other sites.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Currently in the planning stages, the Glen and Mountain campuses have been registered as LEED® projects (See New MUHC, A Greener Future). The objective is to ensure the facilities meet LEED criteria for design, construction, as well as for operations and maintenance. The MUHC is following the LEED® Canada rating system, a system based on prerequisites and credits that are organized according to five principal categories. Categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- An additional category, Innovation & Design Process, addresses sustainable building expertise as well as innovative project features that go beyond LEED criteria
- The environmental clean up of the Glen Campus, completed between 2005 and 2006, put the MUHC on track towards obtaining LEED® certification. Thus far, the MUHC has complied with requirements for erosion and sedimentation control, redevelopment of contaminated sites, management of construction waste, and innovation. Using this approach, 97% of demolition debris was recycled and the use of 3.67M litres of potable water was avoided by leveraging tableland runoff and storm water for dust-control measures.
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
In January 2007, the MUHC became the first Quebec hospital member of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E). The MUHC earned membership status because it shares H2E’s vision of a healthcare system that recognizes the link between operational decisions and health outcomes. H2E has recently become part of Practice Green Health. As a Practice Green Health partner, the MUHC pledges to support:
- Virtual elimination of mercury
- Reduction of the quantity and toxicity of healthcare waste—from manufacturing, purchase and use of products and materials to improved end-of-life management
- Minimization of use and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic (PBT) substances
- Reducing health care’s ecological footprint through resource conservation and other measurable environmental improvements
- Integrating sustainable design and building techniques with environmentally sound operational practices to create a true healing environment
- Since making its pledge, the MUHC has worked hard to eliminate the use of mercury from its operations. This commitment should be met by 2009.
City of Montreal Sustainable Development Partner
In August 2007, the MUHC partnered with the City of Montreal on the First Strategic Sustainable Development Plan (2007-09) for the Montreal Community, thus becoming the first healthcare centre to commit to helping bring to life the plan’s guiding principles. As Montreal’s Partner, the MUHC pledges to:
- Ensure the new Car Idling bylaw is respected on its sites
- Implement measures to encourage active and public transport (walk, bike, carpool, metro, bus, train)
- Promote a clean and calm environment at its hospitals
- Take action to reduce and recycle waste materials
- Implement potable water-saving measures
- Improve the energy performance of its buildings
- Integrate sustainable development into management practices
- Participate in major environmental events to help mobilize the community
- Begun implementing its Environmental Management System
- Tackled the challenges of mixed paper recycling in a multi-site environment.
- The Car Idling law has been enforced across all sites
- Since 2003, the MUHC has been implementing energy-efficiency programs across all sites (See Energy Efficiency Projects at the MUHC [.pdf] for more details and positive results).
- The MUHC has promoted carpooling and public transit as part of the Allégo program
- MUHC employees have participated in the Marche des entreprises in downtown Montreal to raise awareness about active transportation and public transit
- In August 2007, the MUHC presented a brief with regards to Montreal’s 2007 Transport Plan. Click MUHC Brief_Plan de transport_30-8-07 [.pdf] to view a PDF of the brief.
- In spring 2008, the MUHC launched a Construction, Renovation and Demolition waste-management pilot project at its Montreal General Hospital site. Results will be posted in fall 2008.
- In June 2008, the MUHC presented a brief with regards to Montreal’s 2008-2012 Residual Waste Management Plan. Click Mémoire CUSM_Projet de plan directeur de GMR_ juin 08 [.pdf] to view a PDF of the brief (in French only).
- In June 2008, the MUHC launched a battery-recycling program for domestic and work-related batteries. Six weeks later, 73.01 kilos/160 lbs (2,281 units) of batteries were recycled at just one of six sites, demonstrating that there was a definite need.