Regional Health recognized for sustainability

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health has received the Rapid City Sustainability Award for their efforts to recycle and become energy efficient.

They were honored Monday night at the Rapid City Common Council meeting.

Over the past several years, Regional Health has launched initiatives to make an impact on the community.

“Regional’s efforts have resulted in many benefits within their organization and to the greater Rapid City community,”  said Kevin Crosby, chair of Regional’s Sustainability Committee, “including reducing landfill waste, lowering carbon emissions, improving the regional economy through utilization of local resources, protection of natural resources, habitat creation, and improving the well-being and quality of life for patients and employees.”

Regional Health has made a variety of improvements to their hospital and Urgent Care clinics, including:

  • New LED lighting and energy efficient motors, which save over $400,000 annually.
  • Switching to reusable microfiber cloths, saving over $20,000 annually and cutting down on landfill waste.
  • Donating older medical equipment to the nonprofit Convoy of Hope, which donates the equipment to impoverished communities.
  • Expanding recycling opportunities in their facilities.
  • Installing honeybee hives to help pollinate their gardens.
  • Establishing new solar panels at Regional’s Urgent Care facilities in Rapid City, which will provide 70 percent of the energy.
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