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Awards & Achievements & Press Releases


Trophy_multiEfforts by Deirdre Imus and The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® have helped usher in “Green Cleaning” Executive Orders from the governors of three states -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 




Earth Day Fashion: Wedding Dress Made From Recycled Medical Packaging Waste


Bella_and_Nadine_Flower_tossHACKENSACK - April 21, 2017 - The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University Medical Center has come up with a neat idea to commemorate Earth Day; a wedding dress made from recycled goods. Read more


Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Earns the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award for Fourth Year in a Row


Kyle_and_Nadin_Green_AwardApril 21, 2017-In recognition for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Press Release



HackensackUMC is the Only Hospital in NJ Named as One of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review

gabrellian_pavilion_240_b_(1)Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that it is the only hospital in New Jersey to be named to the “50 of the greenest hospitals in America” list, by Becker’s Hospital ReviewRead more


Kyle Tafuri Named One of GreenBiz's 30 Under 30 People to Watch in Sustainable Business

kylewebJune 16, 2016-Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, HackensackUMC, has been named one of the 30 under 30 people to watch in sustainable business by GreenBiz Group, a leading media and events company in corporate sustainability. Press Release


HackensackUMC Earn the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award Three Years in a Row

hackensackumclogoresizedJune 15, 2016-Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been honored for the third consecutive year with the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award. Press Release


HackensackUMC Celebrates Earthday

kids_at_earth_day_croppedHospital has been named one of the top 25 green medical facilities in the country. Press Release

Study Conducted by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® At HackensackUMC Finds Levels of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals in Children


A recent study conducted by The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center revealed detectable levels of various environmental chemicals in children. Press Release   


GC3 Releases Agenda to Maintain Green Chemistry


As you know, the GC3 recently released its Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry. This important document, developed with your input through member surveys, participation in our annual Roundtable. Press Release 




The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® Study Sheds New Light On Pediatric Head Lice Treatment

lice_nadine_cropJune 22, 2015 10:44 AM A new study conducted by the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center, challenges the long-held assumption that pesticide-based lice treatments are the best way to eradicate infestations. Press Release


HackensackUMC Honored As A National Leader For Environmental Excellence For A Second Year In A Row

Ken_Jose_Kyle_PGHPortland, OR: HackensackUMC is pleased to announce that it has earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor as a 2015 Environmental Excellence Award winner, earning recognition once again as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country. Press Release



Imus Greening The Cleaning® Joins National Health Organization Supporting Environmental Practices

Practice_Greenhealth_logo_1-29HACKENSACK, NJ:  The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® is pleased to partner with Practice Greenhealth, a membership organization for institutions and businesses in the healthcare field who are engaged in reducing their environmental footprints. Press Release


The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC Publishes Research Study Mapping Contaminants Associated with Autism in NJ

JGISHackensack, NJ – The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® located at Hackensack University Medical Center has published a research study, funded by the CDC, entitled “Mapping Contaminants Associated with Autism: A Public Health Pilot in New Jersey” in the Journal of Geographic Information System.  The publication, for the first time, details New Jersey maps of eight of the most prevalent toxins potentially linked to autism spectrum disorders. Press Release



Harvesting a Calm, Healing Environment at HackensackUMC's Audrey Hepburn Children's House

Audrey_Hepburn_Garden_croppedHACKENSACK — A tranquil oasis and a temporary refuge is what leadership at Hackensack University Medical Center Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital hope to provide children seeking services at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House newly-installed rooftop garden.
Hospital executives and municipal officials gathered on the brisk autumn morning of Oct. 26 to launch the "healing garden." Press Release




Halo Studios First Wellness Center in Connecticut To Adopt The Greening The Cleaning® Program
halo_logoNEW CANAAN, Connecticut - April 22, 2015 - Halo Studios is the first wellness center in Connecticut to adopt the Greening The Cleaning® program as part of its green initiatives, which support the mission of elevating health and wellness.  Press Release




Health Care Sector Moves Away From Flame Retardants In Upholstered Furniture


logoChicago, IL – Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center, and University Hospitals announced today that they will stop purchasing furniture treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals. Combined, these four health systems represent 7,000 patient beds throughout Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Press Release



The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center Is Leading Healthcare Sustainability

Top25GreenAuthor and health advocate Deirdre Imus is pleased to announce that The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center collaborated with Hackensack University Medical Center to earn Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor: the 2014 Environmental Excellence Award. The recognition names HackensackUMC as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country. Press Release


HackensackUMC Honored As A National Environmental Leader For Social Stewardship

deirdre-3Hackensack - Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received the HealthTrust 2014 Member Recognition Award for Social Stewardship. The medical center was honored for demonstrating a commitment to conservation and preservation of the healthcare environment.  Press Release


For Hackensack Hospital, Food Waste Is A Big Target For Green Ambitions

recycle_center_picHACKENSACK — Food waste at Hackensack University Medical Center doesn’t go to a landfill.Almost all of the food that patients or people eating in the cafeteria don’t eat is rolled on a cart to a stainless steel box in the corner of the hospital kitchen.The staff opens a panel on the machine, unleashing a putrid smell, and dumps the food inside. Inside, there are woodchips and about two pounds of liquidy substance filled with four strains of micro-organisms. Press Release


HackensackUMC Looks To Expand Green Programs

livingwall-021414-hk-tif_croppedHACKENSACK — Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to green initiatives through past projects, current ones, and the ambition to continue expanding its sustainability programs.
Its environmentally conscious programs include waste management via a biodigester, LED lighting and recycling, among other practices. Press Release



Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized With National Partner For Change Award 


2013_awards_banner_practice_green_health_croppedHackensackUMC was awarded the 2013 “Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. Press Release


HackensackUMC Partners With Terracycle To Recycle The Unrecyclable 
kyle_terracycle_display_1croppedHackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to partner with recycling pioneer TerraCycle to keep difficult-to-recycle items such as keyboards and mice, diaper packaging, chip bags and writing utensils out of landfills.  TerraCycle will recycle the items into affordable, eco-friendly consumer products and industrial applications. Press Release



GTC Institutional Announces New Floor Finish 
gtc_zinc-freefloorfinish_croppedIn an ongoing effort to provide the most effective green cleaning products on the market,GTC™ Greening The Cleaning® is excited to introduce the new and improved DIC 12 Zinc-Free Floor Finish to it's institutional product line. Press Release





Deirdre Imus Spoke at Womens Club of Franklin Lakes

deirdre_imus_rana_faure_3x5_-_72Deirdre Imus spoke at The Woman's Club of Franklin Lakes Annual Fundraiser luncheon on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Deirdre Imus' topic was "Green Your Life - How to Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good." Press Release




  • In September 2013 Deirdre Imus was Honored With The Canary Award 
    Deirdre Imus, National Leader for Children’s Health and the Environment, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center and co-founder/co-director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer was honored with the Canary Award Friday, September 27, at the The Harmonie Club in New York.


  • In July 2010, Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) was chosen to receive an Excellence in Patient Care award by the Studer Group for its exemplary “cleanliness” ratings on a national patient survey.  
  • In January 2010, Gilda's Club Northen New Jersey announced the addition of Deirdre Imus to its Board of Directors.   
  • In November 2009, Westport Magazine named Deirdre Imus "Greenest Volunteer" in its 2009 "Light a Fire" awards campaign honoring givers and philanthropist.
  • In April, Ms. Imus was  honored with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
  • Deirdre Imus received a Heart of Green "Guardian" Award from The Daily Green in May 2009
  • In addition, Deirdre was named as one of Glamour magazine’s Eco Heroes for 2009.
  • On December 2008, The third volume in the New York Times bestselling Green This! series from Deirdre Imus debuted. In The Essential Green You!, Deirdre Imus shares tips on how to "green" the way you take care of yourself, whether with the food you eat or the clothes you wear, or the cosmetics, toiletries, and hair products you use every single day.
  • In November, HackensackUMC was awarded the 2008 Environmental Quality Award for Excellence by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) for greening the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® was instrumental in the "green building" achievement. Among other green features, the pavilion uses wheatboard rather than particleboard (which may contain formaldehyde), recycled jeans for insulation, and the Environmental Center's award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program.
  • In October 2008, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® hosted the first "Fair and Balanced Forum on Vaccines " with experts on both sides of the vaccine safety issue. Nearly 300 parents, legislators, public health officials and physicians packed the auditorium at HackensackUMC to hear the  discussion, and hundreds more participated online. 
  • In May 2008, Deirdre Imus was named "Woman of the Year" by the USO, and named to the Board of Directors of Generation Rescue.
  • In April 2008, the second volume in the New York Times best-selling Green This! series by Deirdre Imus debuted, Growing Up Green, Baby and Child Care. Two weeks later, it became a New York Times Bestseller
  • In March 2008, the U.S. Green Building Council-NJ Chapter bestowed its first Green Products Award on the Environmental Center's commercial line of Greening The Cleaning® products.
  • In January 2008, Quick & Simple magazine highlighted the Imus Ranch GTC (Greening The Cleaning®) Citrus Sage laundry detergent at its 2nd annual New Product Awards at the Hearst Tower in New York City. (See story link below.)
  • In the spring of 2007, Green This! Greening Your Cleaning, the first volume in a new Green This! book series by Deirdre Imus, became a New York Times Bestseller.
  • In May 2007, timed with World Asthma Day, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and the East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc./Boriken Neighborhood Health Center (EHCHS) announced a collaboration to create the first "Green" primary health care facility in New York City.
  • Deirdre Imus was awarded the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society for her contributions to conservation. 
  • Pace University bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
  • The National Autism Association named children’s environmental health advocate Deirdre Imus to its Board of Directors.
  • The Autism Education Foundation of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission in New Jersey named Deirdre Imus a “Champion for Autism.”
  • The EPA award highlighted recent “Green Building” efforts, which include the Environmental Health Center’s award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program and the Center's role in creating HackensackUMC's Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian Women's & Childrens Pavilion, which opened in December 2005 and exceeds the U.S. Green Building Council's guidelines for Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED).
  • The Green Guide gave HackensackUMC Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion a "Top Ten Green Hospital " ranking from the Green Guide Institute. The Environmental Health Center provided guidance for the design and construction of the Pavilion, making it one of the few environmentally-responsible “green” hospitals in the country.
  • In April 2006, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell signed Executive Order 14, mandating the immediate use of "green cleaning" products in state facilities. Governor Rell recognized the legislation as a move to minimize risks to health and the environment.


  • In January 2006, with information from the Center and our award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program, New Jersey Governor Richard Codey signed Executive Order 76, requiring all state agencies and authorities to begin using environmentally-responsible cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals. (See bottom of page.)
  • In September 2005, The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation recognized Deirdre Imus with its 13th annual Excellence in Cancer Awareness"
  • Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
  • In January, 2005, New York Governor George Pataki recognized Deirdre Imus at his State of the State address
  •  for her time and energy in raising awareness of the hazards of chemical cleaning products. The Governor issued an Executive Order the same day, requiring all state agencies and authorities to begin using non-toxic cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals.



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