Metro Health to Hold First Ever Sustainability Day at its Weekly Farm Market
Metro Health will again promote green thinking in the community by holding its first ever Sustainability Day at the Metro Health Farm Market.
The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in Metro Health Village, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW and will coincide with regular Farm Market hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As a national- and local-award-winning leader in sustainable health care, Metro Health encourages the community to adopt green principles at home. Sustainability Day will address a wide range of themes, including:
- Shop Local. Buy Local. – Buying from local farms results in less transportation of produce and allows shoppers to speak directly with growers
- Healthy Foods – Local farms showcase healthy foods that are in season
- Water Conservation – West Michigan Environmental Action Council, or WMEAC, will provide instruction on how to build and use rain barrels
- Refurbishing – Renewing old furniture through rehabbing it saves money from purchasing new and keeps old pieces out of landfills
- Waste Streams – Visitors can learn what and how to recycle properly
- Gardening – Visitors can learn about Metro Health’s Teaching Garden and how it benefits both the hospital and kids participating in the Spartan Stores YMCA Day Camps
The event also will offer the opportunity for community members to bring materials to a confidential shredding drop off that will ensure important documents with private information are disposed of in a safe, confidential and environmentally-friendly way.
“As one of the nation’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designed, or LEED, certified hospitals, Metro was one of the first healthcare organizations to link green thinking and health,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We believe that by taking care of the environment we are helping lay the ground work for a healthy and sustainable community. And, keeping our community well will reduce the need for sick care.”
Metro Health first hosted a farmers market in 2006 when the hospital was still located in the city of Grand Rapids. The market began as a biweekly initiative to encourage employees to live healthier lifestyles. Since then, it has grown into a community-wide event that attracts hundreds of visitors each week. It is now in its 11th year.