Creating an eco-friendly medical practice

August 25, 2013

The Whole Child Center in Oradell, New Jersey, is considered one of the first green pediatric practices in the country.

 

So, what is a green practice?

“It’s about being mindful of the [impact of the] environment on health and the impact of healthcare on the environment,” explains Lawrence Rosen, MD, founder of the Whole Child Center in Oradell, New Jersey.

The broad definition of a green design is a facility that uses materials that have been either recycled, produced locally, are energy conserving, and are non-toxic and non-allergenic. Rosen’s practice, considered one of the first green pediatric practices in the country, was designed by DRG Design Group. It uses everything from natural linoleum flooring tiles to PVC-free leather furniture to nontoxic stains and sealers.

The Whole Child Center is said to be one of the first "green" practices in the United States, and it uses everything from "enviroleather" to many energy-conserving building materials.