UH Parma Medical Center Honored for Exemplary Environmental Excellence

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Among Top 10 in Nation for Reducing Food Waste

PARMA, Ohio – University Hospitals Parma Medical Center maintained its perch as a leader in environmental excellence by placing in the top tier of more than 1,000 health care facilities across the country honored by Practice Greenhealth as a Partner for Change. The nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care gave special recognition to UH Parma for reducing food waste.
UH Parma was among only 10 hospitals in the U.S. honored by Practice Greenhealth with the Food Circle of Excellence Award for its comprehensive efforts to purchase sustainable, locally sourced food and beverages, educate the community, compost and reduce food waste.
Through an innovative program called WasteWatch at all of its food service locations across the 21-hospital UH health system, site team of Sodexo – the food service provider for UH –  measure food waste, capturing data and acting upon intuitive analytics to drive behavioral change to help end avoidable food waste. Employees log into the WasteWatch program to weigh food waste such as fruit and vegetable trimmings and unusable leftovers and adjust amounts purchased and prepared based on usage. The software tracks transactions and highlights their financial and environmental impact.

WasteWatch helped UH hospitals prevent 223,000 pounds of food waste, conserve nearly 2.5 million bathtubs of water and save more than 186,000 meals in 18 months from late 2020 until the spring of 2022. And UH Parma was instrumental in this effort.

“UH Parma Medical Center remains a health care leader for its continued focus on finding opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle,” says Jay Loughner, Manager of Food & Nutrition Services and long-time leader of the Sustainability Committee at UH Parma. “We work continuously on engaging our staff to influence a culture of sustainability.”

<< Back
  • News Media Access

  • Register
  • Forgot My Password
  • Search:

    Advanced Search

  • Subscribe To Our Latest News

    Subscribe to University Hospitals' RSS Feeds or Email Alerts to get our latest news.

    University Hospitals RSS Feed  University Hospitals Email Alerts
  • Twitter

    Must select a Twitter Account for Rail Gadget in Twitter Tool.

You must be logged in to view this item.


This area is reserved for members of the news media. If you qualify, please update your user profile and check the box marked "Check here to register as an accredited member of the news media". Please include any notes in the "Supporting information for media credentials" box. We will notify you of your status via e-mail in one business day.