June 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.
“I want to congratulate Kyle on this national recognition,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “He is a vital member of our sustainability team at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and a true leader in the field.”
This 2016 list highlights individuals to watch for breaking new ground in green business. These individuals are making a difference in areas as diverse as renewable energy and green building, the circular economy and supply chains, resilient cities and transportation, chemicals and health care, agriculture and finance.
“Congratulations Kyle on this recognition and for continuing to lead our innovative environmental efforts at HackensackUMC,” said Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at HackensackUMC, which has been leading the way in protecting the health of children and the environment for the last 15 years.
“Considering the company I’m in on the GreenBiz 30 Under 30 list, it’s humbling and inspiring to see the change that’s occurring,” said Tafuri. “It’s exciting to see how our work at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at HackensackUMC is influencing positive environmental change and it’s rewarding to be engaged in work that is so meaningful.”
The 30 awardees work at corporations such as Apple, JetBlue and Steelcase; at startups including Building Robotics, Kuli Kuli and Etology, and at nonprofits including CDP, Ceres and Greenlining Institute. They hail from more than a dozen U.S. cities, including Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco. Their titles include engineer, founder, CEO, consultant, manager and director.
“These men and women have demonstrated leadership qualities in their organizations, sectors or in the wider world of business, including within some of the world’s largest companies,” said GreenBiz Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower. “They represent the full potential of sustainable business to transform companies, consumers, value chains and systems of commerce.”
HackensackUMC, in collaboration with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, is committed to identifying, controlling, and ultimately preventing the toxic exposures in the environment that threaten the health and well-being of children, their families and the wider community.
Pictured: Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, HackensackUMC, was recently recognized as one of GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 emerging young leaders in business sustainability. This 2016 list highlights individuals to watch for breaking new ground in green business.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 12,400 team members and nearly 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.