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Three Cleveland Clinic Facilities Selected As Contestants In EPA National Building Competition

Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Columbia Road Medical Offices Will Compete to 'Work Off the Waste' with Help From ENERGY STAR Program

May 2, 2011

Three Cleveland Clinic facilities have been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) second national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change.

Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Cleveland Clinic’s medical office on Columbia Road in Westlake will be taking part in the competition.

In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, these Cleveland Clinic facilities will compete against hundreds of other teams across the country to “work off the waste” through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be recognized Nov. 2 as the winner of EPA’s National Building Competition.

“Cleveland Clinic is honored to be part of the National Building Competition,” said John D’Angelo, Cleveland Clinic’s Senior Director for Facilities. “We are committed to improving our energy efficiency, and we look forward to seeing how we measure up against other buildings across the nation.”

Last year, Cleveland Clinic’s Solon Family Health Center came in 6th place in the competition.

The 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition includes 245 teams from 26 different types of commercial buildings - such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums - that hail from 33 states and the District of Columbia. Eleven buildings are 100 years old or greater, the smallest building is just over 6,000 square feet, and 15 buildings cover more than 1 million square feet.

“Buildings of all shapes and sizes are saving money and energy with help from EPA and ENERGY STAR,” said Jean Lupinacci, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Program. “We applaud the contestants of EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition for taking action to protect the environment and save energy in the buildings where we work, play and learn.”

Each competitor will measure and track their building's monthly energy consumption using EPA's ENERGY STAR online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building's energy performance; and share their progress. Of the initial pool of 245 competitors, a small group of buildings will be selected as finalists in July.

According to the EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.

Watch the battle unfold at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.

Learn more about Cleveland Clinic’s sustainability programs at www.clevelandclinic.org/sustainability.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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