Is there a sustainability imperative for the healthcare industry?


Healthcare, as we know it, is simply not sustainable. With growing realities including escalating costs shifting market access models; stakeholder and regulatory scrutiny; low patient trust; and an evolving physical environment threatening human health — the industry needs to make itself more sustainable.

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Inside the toxin-free hospital of the future

Hospitals cut environmental impact
Hospitals are working to cut environmental impacts.

Hundreds of changemakers from hospitals, health systems and medical products and supplier companies gathered in Dallas to learn and compare notes at the 13th CleanMed Conference in May, 2016. CleanMed is the nation’s largest conference focusing on sustainability in healthcare. Every year health care leaders work to accelerate their commitment to environmental sustainability and to spur a movement in regenerative health. These leaders have moved beyond protecting the environment and human health, to improving them.

Health care is the only sector of the economy that has healing at the core of its business. At CleanMed 2016, leaders were interested in creating a new social contract between health care and society, a contract that expands the healing mission outside its walls to the communities they serve and the environment that sustains us.

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Colorado Medical Waste Named 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winner

(Left) Jerry Manzanares, Beverly Hanstrom, Matt Dizol – Gala Awards Reception 6/17/16

Colorado Medical Waste and 49 other companies were honored as 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners at the Gala Awards Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver.

50 companies selected each year make an astounding impact on Colorado’s economy. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout the state.

Colorado Companies to Watch is a yearlong program. In addition to public acknowledgement of the winners’ success, ongoing PR, celebratory events, complimentary membership to the Association for Corporate Growth, winners become members of the growing CCTW alumni community and develop strong relationships with other business leaders, community partners, and government officials to become pillars in Colorado’s economic development.

2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners are featured in ColoradoBiz Magazine. Colorado Medical Waste can be seen on pages 25 and 41. Winners will be also be highlighted by KWGN-TV Channel 2 as Colorado’s Best in July.

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Colorado Medical Waste – 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Finalist

2016 CCTW Logo

Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries across the state. These companies are fueling the economic fire of Colorado by contributing economic growth throughout the state. Each year 50 companies are selected to become Colorado Companies to Watch winners. 1024 nominations were received. Beverly Hanstrom, CEO of Colorado Medical Waste was 1 of 76 companies selected to attend the Finalists Reception on Thursday, April 7th at the Governor’s Mansion.  Winners will be announced the week of April 18th followed by the Winners Welcome Event on 5/5/16 at the Marriott City Center in Denver, CO and on 6/17/16 at the Gala Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, CO.

Finalists Reception, Governor's Mansion
CCTW Finalists Reception, Governor’s Mansion April 7, 2016

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Colorado Medical Waste Owner Selected for National Stewardship Action Council Board

NSACBeverly Hanstrom was appointed to the National Stewardship Action Council Board for her sustainability efforts in medical waste management and for her regulatory experience.  Under her leadership she has been achieving support from Colorado legislators, environmental groups and water departments to support the development of national policy and take back programs to protect public health and the environment from improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and sharps and to reduce the death rate from drug abuse.  Meet the NSAC Board Members here. To learn more about NSAC click here.

Walgreens leads fight against prescription drug abuse and their impact on the environment

Walgreens Photo

Walgreens shows leadership with the first national effort of its kind by a retailer to reduce drug abuse, misuse and accidental overdose which reduces drugs and their impact on the environment.  Congratulations Walgreens for launching a safe medication disposal program with the installation of kiosks in more than 500 stores in 39 states and for being a model of stewardship!  It’s great to see Colorado on the list of participating states.  I’d like to see King Soopers, our local grocery store/pharmacy chain join the effort.  We are gaining support from our legislative body to end the FDA’s guidance for flushing.  Greater participation, programs and policy are needed to reduce pollution and to increase prevention as the drug death rate in Colorado tops the national average.  We can make responsible decisions armed with knowledge of their effects on wildlife and from the recent alarming environmental health study which finds levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in children from improper disposal.

When, if not now is the time for change?  –  Beverly Hanstrom

Colorado 2016 Legislative Session Begins with a Focus on Climate Change


Opening Day Speech from House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder)

“Protecting our Colorado way of life means protecting our environment.”

We have no more time for silly debates. The climate is changing, we are causing it, the consequences are alarming and we had better make an effort to tread more lightly across this Earth.

Our Colorado way of life – and the billions we get from tourists who come here to enjoy the Colorado way of life — are at risk if every winter our ski season gets shorter and every spring our snowmelt fails to fill the reservoirs and every summer our forests burn.

These are the impacts of climate change.

For the first time, all the nations of the world are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Colorado must do our fair share. We must continue to lead by example and do more to invest in renewable systems like solar and wind that provide energy at a competitive price while creating good, high-paying jobs and keeping our air and water clean.

You will see a bill to include specific goals in our state’s climate action plan to reduce our carbon footprint and help us bend the curve on climate change. Let’s pass this bill.

Our Colorado way of life is tied to the successes of our people and of our innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners. They are the real engine of our economy.

Fifty percent of the jobs in Colorado are in small businesses. It’s time we focused our attention on small business.

You will see a bipartisan bill to ensure that compliance costs and regulations don’t stifle small businesses. Let’s pass this bill.


Colorado Medical Waste encourages both parties to meet in the middle to protect the health of our air, water and land that provide the quality of life we ALL deserve regardless of our political affiliation. – Beverly Hanstrom, President.

United Nations Agree to Act on Climate Change – December, 2015

Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response with a view to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.  The Convention and Agreement also recognize that deep reductions in global emissions will be required in order to achieve the ultimate objective that emphasizes the need and urgency in addressing climate change.

Adoption of the Paris Agreement

Colorado Lawmakers and Recyclers Push for Statewide Plan & Funding

According to the state Department of Public Health and Environment, fewer than half of Colorado’s 64 counties have recycling programs. Only 11 percent of its waste is recycled which is far below the national average of 34 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.