WAUSAU– Three Aspirus hospitals have received the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth for their achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Aspirus announced this week.

Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Aspirus Riverview Hospital were all recipients of this award.

The award is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination. They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.

“In a shifting health care landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” said Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth founder, in an Aspirus news release. “Aspirus demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”