Rochester General Hospital Receives National Award for Accelerating Green Healthcare

Sustainability is at the heart of our healing mission—and we’re proud to share that our sustainability strategies have won us a national award. Rochester General Hospital received the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

The Forefront of Sustainable Practices in Healthcare

In order to provide the highest quality of care to our community, we foster a sustainable mindset by considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts in all of our decisions. We think and purchase local, reuse and recycle to reduce medical waste, and design green facilities to have a positive impact on our environment.

Committed to Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

At Rochester Regional Health, we understand that the health of our community, environment, and finances are all intertwined. We’re managing all of our resources to reduce our overall environmental footprint and lead sustainability efforts in the Northeast. Hospitals can use more than double the amount of energy as commercial buildings and on average generate more than thirty-three pounds of waste per patient per day — we’re making Rochester Regional Health the exception.

Our Sustainability Department is dedicated to helping improve the healthcare experience, ensure a healthy environment, and lower healthcare costs. We’re reducing waste, eliminating toxins, and creating a more sustainable community now and for the future.

Quick Numbers

Since 2015, our sustainability efforts resulted in:

of purchased produce grown at local farms
saved annually from energy efficiency measures
of annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced
light bulbs upgraded to LEDs
solar panels to be installed in 2017
of LEED certified space designed
saved from annual energy efficiency upgrades
of materials recycled annually

Focus Areas

The Built Environment

Creating a healthier, more pleasant environment for patients and employees

Waste Reduction & Diversion

Improving our management of natural resources and diverting resources from landfills by reusing and recycling whenever possible

Food Sourcing and Waste

Supporting our local Rochester farmers and reducing food waste

Sustainable Purchasing

Purchasing products that reduce our energy consumption, use safer chemicals, and come from companies that promote social and environmental responsibility

Energy Systems & Conservation

Improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy use

Community Outreach & Education

Providing a range of hands-on experiences and career development opportunities for students from local high schools and universities


Sustainability is a global problem with everyday solutions.
Please help Rochester Regional to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • Switch off lights in empty rooms.
  • Report leaky windows, doors, faucets, or fixtures to
  • If responsible for equipment, consider energy-saving or lower water use models.
  • Turn computers off or change to “Sleep” mode when not in use.
  • If you normally use three paper towel or napkins, try two. If two, try one.
  • Think before you print or copy. Really necessary? If so, recycle when you no longer need it.
  • Change default printer settings to double-sided.
  • Use reusable water bottles or coffee mugs whenever possible.
  • Take the stairs – saves energy and burns calories.
  • Have other ideas? Please contact

Our patients and staff, from today and tomorrow, thank you.