We believe that protection of the environment is a critical business objective. We are committed to the conservation of resources and the minimization of any negative impact our operations and facilities may have on the environment. We will take environmental impact into consideration when making decisions about the materials and services we purchase and are committed to compliance with applicable regulations and standards. Since embarking on our GreenQuest in 2008, we've found new ways to significantly reduce our environmental footprint, recycle or reuse materials and conserve energy. Our quest to be an environmentally conscious company is a founding vision that continues to this day. We invite you to check back often to learn about new initiatives and green projects that we're implementing in order to fulfill our promise.
Each of our key sites establishes groups of employee volunteers called Green Teams. These teams work together to brainstorm eco-initiatives and identify specific green projects that will not only have a positive impact on the environment but on our business as a whole. The scope of these projects is only limited by the creativity of our employees. Some embarked on projects to recycle batteries, electronic waste, ink and toner cartridges, and even sneakers, often donating proceeds to local charities. At one site, 75 medical specimen processing centrifuges (in good working order, but no longer useful to us) were donated to Project C.U.R.E., which delivers medical equipment and supplies to developing countries. Whether the initiatives are big or small, our Green Teams continue to think of new ways to make Earth a better place for all of us to live.
One of the most significant ways that we can positively impact the environment is by rethinking how we work. In 2008, Quest Diagnostics embarked on a system wide conservation effort to reduce energy and water consumption. Since that time, we have taken many steps to cut down on the amount of waste generated by our facilities. We have invested in more efficient heating/cooling equipment and lighting, energy saving insulation and roofs, and motion sensor light switches to save electricity in vacated rooms and offices. We’ve reduced the water we consume both indoors (installed water efficient toilets and faucets) and outside (updated water saving landscaping).
Since 2007, our facilities reduced:
• electricity consumption by 7%
• water consumption by 21%
• garbage generation by 27%
• bio-hazardous waste generation by 14%