Lexington Medical Center won the large business/entity award category for implementing a multi-media environmental awareness program.
DHEC honored Lexington Medical Center for several environmental efforts in 2008: Lexington Medical Center recycled more than a million gallons of water, recycled more than 610,000 pounds of material, reduced its municipal waste stream by 357,969 pounds, implemented a variety of air quality initiatives and recycled expired and unused medical supplies by donating them to animal shelters and sanctuaries. In addition, more than two thousand employees and customers participated in Lexington Medical Center’s Earth Day celebration and, in conjunction with the South Carolina Hospital Association, Lexington Medical Center hosted the first “Green Cleaning” symposium for hospitals in South Carolina.
Other winners included Linda Van Epps, Riverside High School, the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and Oakview Elementary School. “By developing sustainable programs that result in energy efficiency, cost savings, pollution prevention, waste reduction and other measurable environmental improvements and protections, they have each demonstrated meaningful ways that citizens – alone or as a group – can make a positive difference for our environment,” said Bob King, DHEC’s Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality Control.