June 5, 2013
Recognizing the vital link between health care and the environment, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London have pursued energy conservation and sustainability for more than 40 years. Part of those efforts have included decreasing their carbon footprint and encouraging staff members to improve their own communities by planting trees in their neighbourhoods.
For the second year in a row, staff at LHSC and St. Joseph’s have been offered discounted trees through ReForest London and the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge. On May 29 and 30, staff picked up more than 600 trees they purchased to plant in their own homes and communities. Once these trees reach maturity they will be absorbing 7,200 kg of carbon dioxide per year (which is about how much CO2 is created by 15 homes in London).
Monica Bainbridge picks up her new trees, purchased through ReForest London and the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge. Pictured at left is Dave Crockett, integrated vice president of facilities management at LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Dave has championed the need for trees, having personally planted 3,200 trees in his lifetime.
In addition, since the Million Tree Challenge began in 2011, more than 500 trees have been planted at LHSC and St. Joseph’s, with the goal to plant 1,000 new, large caliper trees by 2014.
As well, 6,000 trees will be planted in the Celebration Forest by Westminster Ponds behind Parkwood Hospital through the generosity of community donors.
“If each person makes seemingly small changes, like planting a tree, we can make a huge collective impact on our environment,” says Dave Crockett, integrated vice president of facilities management for LHSC and St. Joseph’s. Dave himself has personally planted 3,200 trees in his lifetime. "Trees clean the air, produce oxygen, help to manage rain water, provide sun protection, reduce heating and cooling costs, and provide a healthy environment for work and play.”
The Million Tree Challenge began in 2011 and calls on all Londoners to plant on million trees over the next 10 years. Once you have planted your new trees, don’t forget to register them as part of the Million Tree Challenge by visiting www.milliontrees.ca!