Another important part of our corporate social responsibility is to minimize the environmental impact of our operations. We take this responsibility seriously and are committed to complying with environmental laws and regulations.
Each of our inpatient facilities has a Risk Manager, whose responsibilities include effective environmental management, and an environmental compliance officer. We have detailed policies and procedures regarding the storage, handling and disposal of waste products, hazardous waste and other regulated materials to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Our Risk Management Incident Reporting program provides for the immediate reporting of any unsafe storage or improper disposal or release of a hazardous or toxic substance. We did not receive any notices of violations for any significant environmental non-compliance in 2017 at any of our facilities.
Reducing our environmental impact
In addition to adhering to environmental laws and regulations, we also look to reduce our biggest overall environmental impact – the use of energy in our buildings.
MEP Systems: We specify for all our new construction and renovations Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing systems that, on average, achieve facility energy performance that is 50% better than typical systems.
Lighting designs: In our construction and renovations, we specify lighting designs that typically are over 20% more efficient than code – including long-life lamps, high-efficiency ballasts, and LED lighting.
Energy Conservation: All Acadia facilities are fully IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) compliant. Our corporate headquarters are in a LEED-certified building.