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St. Vincent Medical Center North - Leaner Energy Initiative

Catholic Health Initiatives is committed to environmental stewardship, and has been engaged in green efforts since its inception, 16 years ago. Reducing energy consumption has been a focus of CHI’s efforts, and CHI has been actively partnering with Practice Greenhealth and Energy Star since 2004 to improve energy efficiency. Many of the CHI facilities are aging, which challenges this goal, so CHI looks to retrofit systems where and when it can, especially seeking projects that have a 24-month payback. All new CHI facilities are built with energy cost and consumption in mind to maximize efficiency and increase our capacity to be good stewards of our environment.

Incorporating Sustainable Principles into New Hospital Design

In 2011, Gundersen Health System broke ground on a 425,000 sq. ft. hospital building that will serve people in a 19-county, 3-state service area. Those involved with the project were challenged with designing and constructing a building that used sustainable principles to limit the building's overall impact on the environment, both during construction and once the building is open.

Kaiser Permanente | LEED Saves Energy, Water and Money

Kaiser Permanente had long pursued green building strategies for construction and renovation of hospitals and medical offices, including construction waste recycling, healthy building materials, and energy conservation. However, there was a general perception that LEED was too expensive, and would delay schedules. Learn how Kaiser Permanente overcame this challenges.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Energy Efficiency

Demand Ventilation Control System installed on the OR platform, which reduced the number of air exchanges during off-hours.

Leaner Energy Advocate Health Care

Energy consumption at Advocate Health Care is expected to increase with added facilities, medical and office equipment, associates and patients contributing to our growing use of hospital facilities. Technology and other types of equipment are also being added to the infrastructure reflecting a further increase in overall energy needs and consumption.

Energy Reduction: A commitment to transformation at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Healthcare organizations spend between $6-$8 billion a year on energy. Our challenge was to create and implement a strategy achieving sustainable and quantifiable positive results in decreasing our local carbon footprint through low-cost energy- efficiency measures.

Partners HealthCare Strategic Energy Master Plan

In 2008 Partners HealthCare was incurring $100m. in annual energy costs in 15 constituent facilities with a consumption escalation rate of 1.5% per year. Power sources were 49% carbon fuel, 30% hydro, 18% nuclear, and 3% renewables. Massachusetts imports over 90% of its energy and is subject to volatile price swings.

Renewable Energy at Marian Medical Center

With the nearby Santa Maria Landfill, hospital staff developed a plan to use landfill gas from the facility to provide electricity to the hospital. As a large user of electricity and natural gas, hospitals are a natural choice for onsite co-generation. The use of landfill gas as a fuel source is an opportunity to achieve a fully renewable facility.


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