Life Chiropractic College West and the Monte H. Greenawalt Health Center, where Life West students learn clinical skills, are delighted to announce that the non-profit college and adjoining health center in Hayward, California have been recertified as a Bay Area Green Business. The news came in late December 2018.
Life West Professor Kerri Duggins Rames, DC, said the path to recertification was harder after green business standards were raised from the initial certification four years ago, but the journey has been worth it.
“This is an example of positive change that has occurred here at Life West due to our collective efforts across many departments, combined with leadership support and facilities follow-through,” she said. Dr. Duggins Rames is a leading member of the committee charged with implementing green programs and standards at Life West. She said she is grateful for advice from City of Hayward employees and the county coordinator who helped Life West achieve recertification as a green business.
Projects prompted by the desire to be an environmentally friendly business include building an air-scrubber to improve air quality, reducing water use both indoors and outdoors for campus landscaping and using recycled secondary “gray” water where appropriate, bringing in more and larger plants to help with oxygen flow, adding separated waste receptacles to encourage recycling and composting, and reducing the amount of plastic used on campus by, for example, using biodegradable utensils in the college café.
For more on those projects, see “Life West’s plan to go green features O2D2, the air scrubber” in the Life West online magazine.