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Dubuque hospital becomes certified green business

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DUBUQUE (KWWL)-- In early 2010 officials at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque decided they wanted to strive to become one of the first businesses in the city and hospitals in the state to be a certified green business. On January 11th, 2011, that became a reality.

Members from the Green Team celebrated Tuesday afternoon with their first ever green ribbon cutting. It was an official way of showing the hospitals commitment to environment sustainability.

It's a process that took less than a year to accomplish. The Green Team made improvements in energy conservation, waste reduction, pollution prevention, water conservation and staff education.

And the new green certification, The Petal Project, is setting the bar for other businesses.

"We need to be a leader for sustainability because we owe it to the next generation and the generation after that," Director of Materials Management, Jack Ditmar said.

The hospital also has a battery recycling program that recycles 90 percent of batteries used each month. They've also switched to 30-percent recycled paper and safe energy by turning off unused lights.

Since The Finley Hospital is a part of the Iowa Health System, they hope to spread the word. Now that sustainability is a part of their business practices they say it will be easy to enforce in all their hospitals.

For more information visit www.Pertal-Project.com.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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