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Letís Go Green Together! Community Invited to Washington Hospitalís Free Earth Day Expo

April 07, 2010

To help promote a cleaner and greener environment, Washington Hospital is observing the anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a special community event that will focus on how all of us can help make our community a healthier place. On Saturday, April 17, members of Washington Hospital’s Green Team and other local Tri-City organizations will stage an education expo to raise environmental awareness and share eco-friendly ideas to people in our District.

The "Let’s Go Green Together!" event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditoriums located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. Portions of the event will also take place in the Washington West parking lot.

"Washington Hospital is dedicated to developing green ideas and solutions to foster the best possible outcomes for patients, while also conserving resources, reducing waste and creating sustainability programs all around the hospital," says Paul Kelley, manager of Biomedical Engineering at Washington Hospital and Green Team chairperson. "Our upcoming event will be a great opportunity for people to learn how to reduce waste at home and learn new ways to go green."

Visit Our Farmer’s Market
A farmer’s market offering locally grown produce will take place outside in the parking lot adjacent to the Conrad. E. Anderson M.D. Auditoriums. All proceeds from the farmer’s market will be donated to local charities in the Tri-City area.

Learn Gardening Tips
Representatives from Regan Nursery in Fremont will share their expertise and help you prepare for the spring gardening season. Come learn more about Bay Area friendly gardening, see samples of drought resistant plants, California natives, and plants that attract pollinators.

Drop Off Your Residential Waste for Free
A designated drive up lane in the Washington West parking lot will be available for those who would like to drop off and recycle the following items:

· Electronic Waste: Includes TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, printers and cell phones. These will be collected and recycled by ECS Refining/ United Datatech, a designated E-Steward Recycler. Please no batteries or fluorescent lamps.

· Confidential documents for shredding: Recall, a professional secured destruction company will shred your personal documents on site. Bring old bank statements, check books, household records or other private material and watch it as it is dumped into the shredder.

The following items can be dropped off and recycled inside the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium during the event:

· Disposal of unused, unwanted medications: Do not dispose of medicines down the drain where they end up polluting our waters. Instead bring expired or unwanted medications for drop-off, knowing they will be processed in an environmentally responsible way. The Union Sanitary District booth will accept liquids, creams, aerosols and inhalers. NO glass bottles and no controlled substances are allowed.

· Disposal of home generated sharps: This includes needles and syringes, lances, etc. These sharps must (by state law) be in an approved sharps container. We will have a limited number of sharps containers available free of charge to those who need them. Identification will be required per the County of Alameda.

· Donating eyeglasses: The Lions Club recycles and distributes eyeglasses all over the world to people in need. Bring your old eyeglasses and give someone else the gift of sight!

· Mercury Thermometer Exchange: Washington Hospital and the Union Sanitary District are working to keep Mercury out of our local waterways by reducing its presence in products and devices. If you bring us a mercury thermometer we will swap it out for free with a digital thermometer that is mercury free.

Free Lead Testing
Did you know that toys, jewelry and pursues not uncommonly contain lead? Pigments for coloring, paints, vinyl, and other materials are potential culprits. Bring in your personal items, have them tested, and learn more about toxic chemicals in the environment. The Center for Environmental Health will check children’s toys or other household items for free.

Learn More At Our Education Booths

· Healthy eating: Washington Hospital clinical registered dietitians will talk about healthy eating, weight control and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

· Recycling and reducing household waste: See exhibits from Waste Management, talk to specialists and learn the proper ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle at home and at the workplace.

· Learn how to save energy at home: (PG&E booth)

· Commuting options and ride sharing: ( booth)

Fun Activities for the Kids
Kids activities will include a bounce house, face painting, games and children will be able to draw and contribute to a special Earth Day mural.

Washington Hospital’s Sustainability Programs
Members of the Washington Hospital Green Team will be on hand to explain how the hospital is implementing eco-friendly programs and showcase the sustainability practices that are already in place. From our cafeteria to our construction projects, Washington Hospital is committed to creating a healthier place for patients and a cleaner, more sustainable environment for our community.

Mark Your Calendar!
What: Let’s Go Green Together!
Date/Time: Saturday, April 17, 2010 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditoriums, 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont.