Environmental Policy Statement –
Stony Brook University Hospital is committed to promote healthier communities both locally and globally, and to be an environmental leader in all aspects of our buildings and operations in a manner that demonstrates protection of the environment and human health.
We recognize the critical link between human health and the health of the environment, and continue to seek new and innovative ways to improve environmental performance through conservation, purchasing, reduction, re-use and recycling programs.
SBUH applies these principles to achieve optimal environmental standards consistent with our mission to deliver world-class, compassionate care to our patients, advance our understanding of the origins of human health and disease, and educate the healthcare professionals and biomedical investigators of the future, so they can bring the fruits of scientific discovery to our patients.
In an effort to respect and protect the Earth’s resources, restore environmental quality and protect human health, SBUH will:
- Instill environmental responsibility as a corporate value
- Set annual goals and develop action plans to continuously improve the quality and measurable outcomes of our environmental programs
- Monitor, evaluate and report our practices as they relate to these environmental principles.
DEHP/PVC Free Pledge –
Stony Brook University Hospital is committed to the health of our patients, our staff and our communities. We are committed to the reduction of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and our hospital. Specifically, we are committed to the following measures to make our NICU, and our institution, a model of environmental responsibility, by reducing the use of DEHP-containing and PVC-containing products. We pledge to:
- Conduct a PVC/DEHP audit to identify uses and sources of DEHP/PVC in our medical devices.
- Continue to regularly monitor the availability of safe and effective alternatives to reduce the amount of DEHP- and PVC-containing products.
- Commit to eliminating, where possible, the use of PVC- / DEHP-containing products.
- Communicate the commitment to PVC- /DEHP-free purchasing to contractors and vendors, and include language in our contracts and request for proposals (RFPs) that express our commitment to minimize the use of PVC and DEHP in our institution.
- Collaborate hospital-wide to urge support for implementation of PVC and DEHP reduction measures.