On April 6, the American Nurses Association (ANA) received a Champion for Change Award at the 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards
ceremony at the CleanMed conference, in Phoenix, Arizona. This award is bestowed by Practice Greenhealth
, whose member health care organizations are dedicated to sustainable eco-friendly practices.
This award honors ANA’s sustainability commitments inside the association and the association’s environmental health work and initiatives on behalf of our members. Since 2008, ANA’s enterprise-wide Green Team has worked to identify opportunities within ANA’s operations to promote environmentally sound choices, increase in-house recycling and reduce waste generation and toxic chemical use.
On a broader scale, ANA’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and Government Affairs Departments work diligently on environmental health issues such as pharmaceutical waste/disposal, chemical reform, sustainable food, climate change, and reprocessing of single use medical devices. Visit ANA's Environmental Health and ANA's Governmental Affairs (see below) to learn more about environmental health and how nurses can make a sustainable difference