Award from the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy Program Recognizes Leadership in Energy Management
March 14, 2011
Cleveland Clinic was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The ENERGY STAR program promotes energy efficiency practices that protect the environment through intelligent product design and practices. More than 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.
“Cleveland Clinic’s robust energy management program is a national model, demonstrating how to fight climate change through energy efficiency,” said Elizabeth Craig, Acting Director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. “Effective energy management not only helps the bottom line, but it also is our most cost-effective climate strategy.”
Healthcare organizations spend nearly $8.8 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs, which is about 4 percent of all of the energy used in the United States. Cleveland Clinic Senior Director for Facilities John D'Angelo said the hospital system has instituted numerous efficiency initiatives, and it has championed ENERGY STAR and efficiency initiatives across the industry.
“Because of our community health mission, ENERGY STAR is particularly important to healthcare as it focuses on sustainable practices that have proven to positively impact the health of our communities,” he said.
Cleveland Clinic Chief of Operations Bill Peacock said Cleveland Clinic has shown that you can positively impact patient outcomes, patient safety and patient experience while saving energy.
“As a leader in healthcare delivery, we consider it our responsibility to take a leadership role in clinical support areas such as energy management,” he said. “Hospital leadership has made energy awareness and waste reduction a top priority, and we have seen some excellent results. We avoided $4 million in costs in 2010 due to energy efficiency gains throughout our hospital system.”
Cleveland Clinic established the Office for a Healthy Environment in 2007 to expand and oversee the hospital’s environmental initiatives. The office has implemented a comprehensive recycling program throughout the hospital system, developed new waste tracking tools and spearheaded the hospital’s other environmental stewardship programs.
“Cleveland Clinic is committed to being a leader in sustainability in healthcare,” said Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy. “We are honored to receive this award, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to support healthy environments at all of our facilities.”
Cleveland Clinic is launching www.clevelandclinic.org/sustainability this week to provide details and resources on the hospital’s sustainability program.
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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