Baylor focuses on sustainability

For more than eight years, Baylor College of Medicine has been committed to conservation efforts on campus.

Students, trainees, faculty and staff alike join forces with our partners in the Texas Medical Center to help make the College’s Resource Stewardship and Sustainability Program a success.

 

This Earth Day, we highlight the program’s achievements.

Throughout the last year, we have:

  • Conserved 2,731,240 kWh of electricity, enough to power 2,164 homes in Texas for an entire month. This is a 3.2 percent reduction in consumption from 2012.
  • Recycled 10 tons of plastic, enough to save 163 barrels of crude oil. This is a 60 percent increase from 2012.
  • Conserved 37,514,191 gallons of water, enough to fill over 60 Olympic sized swimming pools. This is a 13 percent increase from 2012.
  • Recycled 66 tons of metal, enough to make 70 full-size cars. This is a 9 percent reduction from 2012.
  • Recycled 449 tons of paper and cardboard, enough to save 7,633 trees. This is a 5 percent increase from 2012.

The efforts helped rank Baylor as the top medical school in the United States in the recent RecycleMania competition.

According to Baylor’s Recycling & Sustainability Coordinator Gabi Ramirez De la Rosa, Baylor recycled 96,777 pounds of material during the eight-week competition.

“This averages to nearly eight pounds (of recycling) per person, per week,” De la Rosa said.

Additional Resources

Want to help? Find out where you can recycle on campus.

Check out ways to reduce your environmental footprint.

Learn more about Baylor’s sustainability efforts.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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