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October 29, 2008



For months we’ve been hyping our awards recognizing environmentally-conscious efforts in DC medicine. Last night, over 200 green leaders, from multiple fields, joined our five medical winners at a reception in Rockville, hosted by the storied Lerner and Abramson families. It’s not very often we get leaders from five great hospitals in the same room, so we had our camera at the ready.


The winners: Providence Hospital, Inova Health System, GW Faculty Medical Associates, Shady Grove Adventist, and Sibley Memorial. Check out our Green Sheet for more on their efforts, ranging from common sense energy saving to complex waste disposal. Those certificates, by the way, are made from 150% recycled paper. (Our math sounds fuzzy, but you’re all in the business of miracles, right?)


Shady Grove’s Billy Fischer and Sibley’s Giordano Vaca. This year, Sibley added extra precautions to prevent environmental contamination when disposing of pharmaceutical waste. Giordano tells us they contract with an out-of-state firm to pick up hazardous waste and bring it to New Jersey. We double-checked to see if that was a joke, but it sounded legit. He’s just back from his native Ecuador and reports that going green is not just a US phenomenon. With the rain forest nearby, citizens and doctors realize they have much to protect.


You know the Lerner Family (Ted and Mark above) as owners of the Washington Nationals, but along with the Abramson family they’ve also been ahead on green building. Their new office at 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd, Rockville, is billed as “the world’s healthiest building,” but the slogan doesn’t seem mere marketing; it’s been winning a lot of awards. They use 41% less water than typical offices, purchase wind power to offset electrical energy, use lighting that dims in daylight and goes off if occupants leave, and door cores made from wheat straw agricultural waste. And, by the way, their new stadium is the greenest MLB stadium every built. Someday also the winningest.


Building co-owner Jeffrey Abramson thanks everyone last night; the Abramsons have been promoting green buildings for decades:  not only since before that word was fashionable, but even before it was used. Winners came from five categories: Trade Association, Legal, Real Estate, Tech, and Medical. But once everyone got to schmoozing, they were impossible to distinguish.


The one and only Fight Night rolls around again next Thursday November 6; above is founder Joe Robert and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Peter Pace at last year’s. Despite a rocky economy, the Washington Hilton will again be flooded with more than 2000 fanatical business leaders having a good time for a great cause; they’ve already raised $2 million and sponsor income is up 10%. Last week, our friend Michela English, head of parent organization Fight for Children, announced $1.1 million in education and healthcare grants for low-income children in DC, all of which comes from Fight Night proceeds. www.fightforchildren.org.

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