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EPA Recognizes Cleveland Clinic with 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award

Cleveland Clinic Earns Award for Protecting the Environment Through Superior Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Cleveland Clinic with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Cleveland Clinic, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2008, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency and its many accomplishments at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26.

“Cleveland Clinic is committed to increasing energy efficiency through our partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Bill Peacock, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Operations. “Efficient management of our natural resources controls costs and helps us address and reduce environmental public health pressures. These are key concepts healthcare providers must embrace as we enter a period of rapid change in our industry.”

In December of 2011, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, MD, accepted President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020, while transparently showcasing the solutions used to reach the goal. This public promise launched Cleveland Clinic’s long-term commitment to energy conservation. The hospital system continues to improve the energy efficiency of its existing buildings by optimizing building systems, making targeted reinvestments, managing the energy consumed by electronic devices and engaging caregivers to change energy-related behaviors.

Cleveland Clinic also continues to build new high-performance green buildings and follows the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program, the nationally accepted green building standard, for all new major construction projects. To date, the Cleveland Clinic health system features 13 LEED-certified buildings and projects.

“We view our energy program as a direct contributor to a healthier community.  We can improve air quality and support a healthier community by reducing our reliance on high-polluting sources of energy,” said Chris Parkinson, Interim Director for the Office for a Healthy Environment. “As a leader in healthcare, we consider it our responsibility to lead in this area.”

Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.

“EPA is recognizing Cleveland Clinic for earning EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Cleveland Clinic leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment.”

The 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

For more information on Cleveland Clinic’s energy conservation and sustainability efforts, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/sustainability.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, 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, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1.888.STAR.YES (1.888.782.7937).

Media Contact:

Jenny Popis, popisj@ccf.org, 216.444.8853
Kristinn Vazquez, vazquez.kristinn@epa.gov, 202.343.9062