|Pictured in the front: John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ); Stephanie Burroughs, Sustainability Officer, City of Newark; Mark and Frank Florio, Founders of Food2Water and COO and CEO, respectively. Pictured in the back are: Leroy Boone, AVP and Darrell K. Terry, COO, NBIMC & CHoNJ, Joy Thompson, Sodexho; and Kim Gaddy, Clear Water Fund, Environmental Justice Organizer & Project Coordinator.
NEWARK, New Jersey – May 10, 2012 – Officials from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital (CHoNJ) of New Jersey were joined by environmental and city officials to unveil the latest in renewable technology that transforms food to water. Officials unveiled the new food waste liquefier that transforms food to water.
John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ said, “As a major healthcare organization that produces large amounts of food waste, it is important for us to explore alternatives to traditional disposal. By using the food waste liquefier we are extending our commitment beyond our current green environmental investments – making Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey a greener place to work and serve our (patient) community.”
NBIMC and CHoNJ, a 673 unit hospital produces approximately 300-400 pounds of food daily. The Food Waste Liqufier, created by Food2Water, provides a renewable resource for food disposal.
"This project demonstrates that we can create savings and economic activity in Newark by taking care of the urban environment," said Adam Zipkin, Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic and Housing Development. "The Newark Sustainability Office is proud to support this project as an example of strategies that move us closer to our Zero Waste goal. Beth Israel's success in launching this pilot project with the help of Clean Water Fund is a challenge to all major Newark institutions to find creative ways to reduce and re-use their waste."
The Food2Water liquefier is a 4-step process using Food2Water’s blend of microorganisms mixed in with food waste that breaks down immediately. All the food waste is liquefied within 24 hours.
“I applaud Beth Israel Hospital for partnering with Clean Water Fund (CWF). We are excited about establishing an economical and sustainable model for food waste handling that can be replicated at other institutions and business districts in the city," stated Kim Gaddy, CWF Project Coordinator. “This project will reduce garbage hauling costs, truck traffic, air pollution, source of rodent and other pest problems in the immediate South Ward neighborhood, as well as the amount of waste going to the local incinerator."
"Food2Water is proud of our relationship with the Clean Water Fund and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey - the premier hospital facility in Essex County New Jersey,” said Frank Florio, CEO of Food2Water. “The installation of the Food2Water technology at Newark Beth Israel exemplifies their commitment to going green and is inspiring to other businesses as they realize this facility will virtually eliminate their food waste from entering landfills, thereby reducing green house gases and reducing their disposal related pollution and costs.”
Representatives from the offices of L. Grace Spencer, (D) 29th District and Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka attended the announcement and demonstration. Also in attendance were Darrell K. Terry, Chief Operating Officer and Leroy Boone, Assistant Vice President, Support Services, NBIMC and CHoNJ.
Green Neighborhoods Pilot Program
This initiative is part of the City of Newark’s larger Sustainability Action Plan and is one of Newark’s several “Green Neighborhoods Pilot Programs.” This pilot program is coordinated by Clean Water Fund with support from the City of Newark through federal stimulus funds from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
CONTACT: Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Fund, Environmental Justice Organizer
Tracy Munford-NBIMC & CHoNJ - 973-926-4398/862-236-0166
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Date: May 10, 2012
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