NEW HAVEN — Practice Greenhealth has honored Yale-New Haven Hospital with two awards for environmental excellence at the annual CleanMed Conference & Exhibition. The Circle of Excellence Award, Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals, recognizes those facilities leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is embedded in their culture.

YNHH is also among the first-ever winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards, the most prestigious environmental achievement award offered by the organization. It recognizes health-care facilities that exemplify the best of the best in environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care.

Some of the sustainability initiatives for which YNHH was recognized include operating room recycling, LEED ratings for “green” buildings, a sustainable pharmaceutical waste program, various operating room reprocessing initiatives, the reduction of BPA/DEHP (chemicals found in some plastics) and safer chemicals hospital-wide.