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Going Green While Advancing Military Medicine

Gary Pettit
United States

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) accelerates military medical research around the globe through a range of research administration, technology transfer and staffing solutions. This crucial work benefits warfighters, veterans and civilians alike. In addition to the medical benefits borne out of military medical research, HJF prides itself on being careful stewards of the resources it uses, especially those celebrated on Earth Day.

HJF’s IT Department has recently improved printing functions across the home office that reduce energy and paper consumption as well as decreasing the amount of ink used. Digital forms already limit the need to print and the IT Department is currently working to take that a step further by digitizing the entire form workflow.

“HJF is proud of the work we do to benefit warfighters and our military partners,” said HJF President and CEO Dr. Joseph Caravalho, Jr. “That work includes being conscientious stewards of the resources entrusted to us. These efforts reduce waste, increase efficiency and mitigate our environmental impact.”

Part of HJF’s work involves setting up and operating labs around the world. To do this in an efficient manner, HJF has established multiple procedures to be responsible stewards of fiscal and environmental resources. The first is a re-use program. When a research project is nearing a close, HJF catalogs the furniture and equipment and distributes the list to other programs and partners. If there is a good fit, HJF facilitates the transfer of the equipment. The second is a recycling program that helps dispose of IT equipment in an environmentally friendly way. Equipment is collected and stored until a sizeable amount has been obtained. HJF then works with C2 Management to schedule a pick-up of these items. C2 Management is an R2 (responsible recycler) and their environmental objective is to keep waste out of landfills. Any products still in working condition are repurposed and reused.

HJF’s home office building is managed by Bridge Property Management, which has implemented a variety of programs that promote environmentally responsible business practices.

HJF helps contribute to more than 13,000 pounds of comingled materials recycled every year, and refillable water bottle stations on every floor help promote the use of reusable bottles and eliminate the demand for single use plastics.

In addition to these resource recycling and reducing activities, Bridge Property Management saves both electricity and water through multiple conservation methods. The air conditioning system has a closed loop water reclamation system, saving hundreds of gallons of water each year. The chemicals in the system are tested daily to ensure safety and efficiency of the system. The building is undergoing a transition to LED lighting that has a 15-year lifespan. This effort will reduce energy and eliminate the use of heavy metals used to control voltage in non-LED lighting. Motion sensors will further reduce energy usage by automatically turning off lights when they are not in use.

About HJF

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global nonprofit organization with the mission to advance military medicine. HJF’s scientific, administrative and program operations services empower investigators, clinicians, and medical researchers around the world to make medical discoveries in all areas of medicine. With more than 35 years of experience, HJF serves as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, federal and private partners, and the millions of warfighters, veterans, and civilians who benefit from military medicine. For more information, visit hjf.org.