MELVILLE, NY -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to dental, medical, and animal health office-based practitioners, celebrated Earth Day with the launch of its 2012 Global Reflections program, which helps health-care practitioners more easily use environmentally-friendly products.
"Henry Schein firmly believes that protecting the health of our planet is an important part of our commitment to 'helping health happen,' and we are dedicated to doing our part," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "We embrace environmental stewardship as a pillar of our corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, and we are proud to provide our customers with thousands of environmentally-friendly health care products to help 'green' their practices through Henry Schein's Global Reflections program."
Henry Schein's Global Reflections offering provides an opportunity for customers to incorporate a wide variety of green products into their practices, and helpful tips for minimizing their environmental impact. A portion of Global Reflections purchases are donated to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation in support of environmental causes.
Beyond helping customers, Henry Schein has implemented several measures to minimize the Company's footprint on the environment. Henry Schein has achieved LEED certification at the Company's Melville East headquarters through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings program. The LEED-EB program is a voluntary standard that defines high-performance green buildings that are healthier, more environmentally responsible, and less costly to operate.
Under the LEED rating system, buildings are rated according to different aspects of operations and maintenance across six environmental categories — sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Henry Schein has installed more efficient lighting systems in its facilities, including motion-activated lighting in its distribution centers and offices. The lighting in the company's U.S. distribution centers consumes half the electricity of traditional lights.
Henry Schein's transportation partners participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's "Smart Way" program. The company's U.S. distribution centers recycle over 8,000 tons of wood, paper, plastics, and batteries annually, and have reduced carbon emissions by over 4,800 metric tons. Henry Schein's technicians drive the most fuel-efficient cargo vans available.
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