May 2012 New Food Waste Liquefier unveiled at Newark Beth Israel

For Immediate Release

CITY OF NEWARK, NEWARK BETH ISRAEL HOSPITAL, AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF NEW JERSEY

UNVEIL NEW FOOD WASTE LIQUEFIER THAT TRANSFORMS FOOD WASTE TO WATER

Innovative waste-reduction project received support from a City of Newark sub-grant of federal stimulus funds;

Liquefier saves money and helps improve air quality

Newark, NJ – May 11, 2012 – The City of Newark joined with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey yesterday to unveil a new food waste liquefier at the hospital that transforms food to water. The device was partly funded by the City of Newark with funds from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, and it provides the hospital with an innovative resource for reducing food waste. Newark Beth Israel is the first hospital in Essex County to make use of this technology.

The Food Waste Liquefier, created by Food2Water, is a four-step process using Food2Water’s blend of microorganisms mixed in with food waste that breaks the waste down into water immediately. The resulting water is then drained to the sewer system. All of the food waste is liquefied within 24 hours. Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, a 673-unit hospital, produces approximately 300-400 pounds of food daily. Reducing this waste to a safe liquid saves the hospital money on waste disposal that can then be put back into its programs. The technology also helps promote improved air quality since it reduces the need for garbage truck trips as well as the amount of material sent to the regional trash incinerator located in Newark’s East Ward.  

“My administration is committed to supporting efforts to make Newark greener and improve sustainability. This new liquefier is a cutting-edge approach to cutting down on our waste, and making Newark even more environmentally-friendly. I congratulate my Sustainability team on supporting this important project and I commend Beth Israel Hospital and Clean Water Fund for their initiative,” Mayor Cory A. Booker said in a statement.

John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ, said, “As a major healthcare organization that produces large amounts of food waste, it is important for us to explore alternatives to traditional disposal.  By using the food waste liquefier we are extending our commitment beyond our current green environmental investments – making Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey a greener place to work and serve our patient community.”     

“This project demonstrates that we can create savings and economic activity in Newark by taking care of the urban environment,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Adam Zipkin. “The Newark Sustainability Office is proud to support this project as an example of strategies that move us closer to our Zero Waste goal. Beth Israel’s success in launching this pilot project with the help of Clean Water Fund is a challenge to all major Newark institutions to find creative ways to reduce and re-use their waste.”

“I applaud Beth Israel Hospital for partnering with Clean Water Fund (CWF). We are excited about establishing an economical and sustainable model for food waste handling that can be replicated at other institutions and business districts in the city,” stated Kim Gaddy, CWF Project Coordinator. “This project will reduce garbage hauling costs, truck traffic, air pollution, source of rodent and other pest problems in the immediate South Ward neighborhood, as well as the amount of waste going to the local incinerator.”

“Food2Water is proud of our relationship with the Clean Water Fund and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey – the premier hospital facility in Essex County New Jersey,” said Frank Florio, CEO of Food2Water, which is based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.  “The installation of the Food2Water technology at Newark Beth Israel exemplifies their commitment to going green and is inspiring to other businesses as they realize this facility will virtually eliminate their food waste from entering landfills, thereby reducing green house gases and reducing their disposal related pollution and costs.”

City of Newark Sustainability Officer Stephanie Greenwood as well as representatives from the offices of State Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer and Newark South Ward Council Member Ras Baraka attended the announcement and demonstration.  Also in attendance were Darrell K. Terry, Chief Operating Officer and Leroy Boone, Assistant Vice President, Support Services, NBIMC and CHoNJ.

 “Going Green” has been a major priority for the Booker Administration since it took office in 2006. Led by recommendations from hundreds of stakeholders gathered through Newark’s Green Future process, the City established its first-ever Environmental Commission, which works closely with the Sustainability Office to work across municipal departments and develop policies, programs, and partnership to support healthy neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and job creation.

Notable accomplishments include leveraging state and federal programs to reduce energy costs in municipal buildings, launching a Municipal Green Team, engaging stakeholders in a Sustainability Action Plan process to set and achieve targets in improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas, reducing waste, and generating green job opportunities, and exploring ways to move Newark toward a “Zero Waste” approach. Since 2006, Newark has facilitated hundreds of units of new energy-efficient affordable housing units coming on line; connected thousands of households to cost saving weatherization programs; helped more than 50 businesses reduce operating costs through energy efficiency upgrades; and supported career path job-training programs to put Newarkers to work in green jobs. In addition, the City has leveraged millions of dollars to reclaim brownfields and has undertaken the largest rehabilitation and renovation project of City parks in decades, opening the largest such municipally-owned facility, Nat Turner Park, in 2008. The City has marked significant accomplishments in making Newark a sustainable, vibrant community in which to live, work, and play.

For more information on any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.

Contact:         Newark Press Information Office: (973) 733-8004.

                        E-mail: Pressoffice@ci.newark.nj.us

                        Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey:

Tracy Munford, (973) 926-4398

Clean Water Fund, Environmental Justice Organization,

Kim Gaddy, (973) 420-7925

Food2Water, Tommy Barbella, (973) 868-7651

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About the City of Newark, New Jersey

Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.

With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.

Green Neighborhoods Pilot Program

This initiative is part of the City of Newark’s larger Sustainability Action Plan and is one of Newark’s several “Green Neighborhoods Pilot Programs.”  This pilot program is coordinated by Clean Water Fund with support from the City of Newark through federal stimulus funds from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond.  NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually.  NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume.  To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state’s premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-SBHS-123.

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