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Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Cafeteria Goes Green

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cafeteria uses eco-friendly materials

ELKHORN, Wis. -- In recent years, many companies and organizations have readjusted their policies and processes to become better stewards of the environment. On October 13, 2008, the cafeteria at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center converted to eco-friendly plates, cups and tableware.

In 2007, the hospital’s cafeteria alone used over 461,000 pieces of plastic and Styrofoam related materials. Studies indicate it takes 400 years for Styrofoam to decompose. The new eco friendly products are proven to take up less landfill space and require less energy to make. Made from a material using starch from renewable sources such as potatoes and corn, the new materials are microwaveable, cut resistant, and moisture resistant.

"We are pleased and excited about this transition," said Inge Liegl, manager, food and nutrition services, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. "With advanced technology, these new products are easy to use. Our caregivers understand the importance of taking care of our environment."

Liegl said the team that worked on this project is also looking at other ways the hospital can be environmentally friendly. Earlier this year, the cafeteria at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington also began using eco-friendly materials.

"Many of our caregivers support this trend and are taking it upon themselves to look for new ways to improve our environmental footprint,’" she added.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact; Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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