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Cleveland Clinic Participates in President Obama's Energy Initiative

December 2, 2011

Cleveland Clinic works to create better buildings.

Cleveland Clinic represented the healthcare industry Friday at the White House in a national building challenge discussion on making U.S. buildings more energy efficient.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., and other CEOs, mayors, university presidents and labor leaders met with President Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The discussion was part of the $4 billion Better Building Challenge, which is geared toward engaging the community and corporate partners on enhancing their energy footprint for the long-term.

Cleveland Clinic was invited to the White House because of its role as an early adopter of energy efficiency measures in healthcare. The Clinic’s commitment to energy efficiency has led to a 20 percent and $20 million reduction in energy usage over the past four years.

“We’re able to set an example of how a healthcare organization can be responsible users of energy and resources, and help promote a cleaner and healthier environment,” said William “Bill” Peacock III, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Operations.

Cleveland Clinic has focused on ensuring that employees understand how to reduce their energy usage and the impact that can have on patients. The Clinic’s 43,000 employees not only impact energy usage at Cleveland Clinic, but they use what they’ve learned at home.

The Clinic’s energy efficiency efforts have included:

  • More than 60,000 LED energy efficient light bulbs in use throughout the health system.
  • In surgery, LED lights provide better lighting for surgical teams, which helps to improve the outcomes of patients, while at the same time saving energy.
  • The 100th Street parking garage was the largest garage in the country converted to LED lighting.
  • New Tomsich Pathology Laboratories building will open in 2012 will have all LED lighting.
  • No orange lights in garages – converted all to LED lighting. Promotes safer environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Putting solar panels on buildings – this is in partnership with local community groups to enhance the health and wellness of the community.
  • A dedicated department to sustainable practices; all new major construction projects follow LEED standards; and support of urban farming through farmers markets on main campus.

Media Contact:
Scott Heasley, 216.444.8853, heasles@ccf.org