HHS received the SEAL Business Sustainability Award in Innovation for our Linen Utilization Management (LUM) program. This award recognizes innovations representing game-changing ideas that bring a more sustainable future. HHS is honored to be chosen by a panel of 10 sustainability and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) experts, along with 16 other global companies and high-growth startups.
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Matt Harney, SEAL Awards’ Founder shares, “Increased corporate prioritization of ESG initiatives has been a welcome and needed change as our climate crisis further accelerates. This increased investment in sustainable business practices has raised the bar for ESG excellence, making this our most competitive award event ever with a record number of submissions. Our mission at SEAL is to rigorously assess and then celebrate extraordinary sustainability leadership. We’re honored to present these2021 Sustainability Award winners.”
HHS’ Linen Utilization Management (LUM) program, launched in 2014, was developed to assist hospitals across the United States with an issue plaguing the industry — the overuse, misuse, and cost of linen.
Since its inception, LUM has helped hospitals reduce linen usage by more than 68 million pounds while providing significant cost savings — often reaching six figures.
From 2014 to July 2021, HHS’ LUM program has:
- Eliminated 68,411,695 pounds of linen usage
- Conserved 184,027,460 gallons of water
- Saved 1,368,234 kilowatt hours
- Reduced 8,483,050 pounds of greenhouse gas
David Kraeger, President of Healthcare Diversifications at HHS, comments on this achievement, “We are committed to identifying where there is overuse and misuse of linen within healthcare facilities and developing best practices and tracking metrics to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, and save energy. Together, with support from hospital frontline caregivers, laundry processing partners, and the commitment of forward-thinking healthcare leaders, our goal is to double our sustainability outcomes within the next five years.”
About the SEAL Awards
SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an environmental advocacy organization that honors leadership through their business sustainability awards & environmental journalism awards while funding research and pursuing their environmental impact campaigns.