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Woodstock Hospital Celebrates Earth Day

Multiple vendors were set up at the Woodstock Hospital on April 22nd, in order to educate the public how they can be greener in their everyday lives.

WOODSTOCK - Usually people go to hospital looking a little green, but on Earth Day they left knowing how to be a little greener in their daily lives.

The Woodstock Hospital celebrated Earth Day by hosting a variety of vendors to help educate staff and the general public about some environmental initiatives. These vendors play a major role in helping the hospital to reduce their carbon footprint.

The hospital has been striving for sustainability since it was originally built. Capital Project Coordinator Chris Marion says it is always top of mind for them.

"Well we formed a green team here at the hospital and that team's focused on trying to improve the hospital in terms of our waste diversion, our energy intensity, as well as just bringing education to our staff. Since the hospital was build we a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver status which was the first in the country to get that level for a hospital."

Marion says not only is it good for the Earth, but taking these extra steps can also be good for the patients of the hospital.

"What it is is connecting patients to the outdoors and this is actually proven to help promote health and increase their healing. So this is actually a great thing for the hospital because staff can go outside, relax, and create that healing environment."

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