Cleveland Clinic Receives Top Environmental Awards

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U.S. EPA Names Cleveland Clinic an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year;
Practice Greenhealth Presents Cleveland Clinic 30 Awards

May 24, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Practice Greenhealth recently recognized Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations with numerous top awards.

For the second straight year, the U.S. EPA named Cleveland Clinic an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for integrating energy management into its mission to put Patients First. Among the key accomplishments the U.S. EPA noted:

  • Improving efficiency by 1.5 percent despite a higher employee density and the addition of more than 150,000 square feet of space, for a total improvement of more than 20 percent since 2008.
  • Reducing costs by $1.2 million by actively managing energy use and pursuing available energy efficiency credits and rebates.

For the third straight year, Practice Greenhealth awarded Cleveland Clinic’s main campus its highest award, the Environmental Leadership Circle Award, for successfully improving environmental performance, protecting human health and demonstrating a dedication to higher standards of sustainability.

“Cleveland Clinic has been a member of Practice Greenhealth for five years,” said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Laura Wenger. “Cleveland Clinic has shown great leadership and come to the forefront of our membership, acting as mentors and leading by example in our membership community.”

Cleveland Clinic also received the System for Change Award, which recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to gather data, set system goals and share successes in environmental performance. Overall, 19 Cleveland Clinic facilities received honors.

“These awards recognize the changes, both big and small, that our caregivers are making across the organization. Going well beyond recycling and energy conservation, these awards recognize achievements in green building, safer chemicals, local foods, surplus supply donations and more,” said Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy, for Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment. “I’m proud of what our caregivers accomplished in 2011, and look forward to another year of continued progress and innovation.”

Practice Greenhealth recognized Cleveland Clinic facilities with the following awards:

Partner for Change Award – Facilities eligible for the Partner for Change must be recycling at least 10 percent of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs.

  • Ashtabula County Medical Center
  • Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Brunswick Family Health Center
  • Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Hillcrest Hospital
  • Independence Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Lakewood Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Marymount Hospital
  • Medina Hospital
  • Solon Family Health Center
  • Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Westlake Family Health Center
  • Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
  • Wooster Family Health Center

Partner for Change, with Distinction Award – Recognizes healthcare facilities that have well-established environmental programs. These facilities must have a recycling rate of 20 percent or higher, and a Regulated Medical Waste generation rate of 10 percent or lower.

  • Euclid Hospital
  • Fairview Hospital
  • South Pointe Hospital

Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award – Recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free. The following facilities join eight Cleveland Clinic facilities that previously won the award.

  • Brunswick Family Health Center
  • Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
  • Independence Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Marymount Hospital
  • South Pointe Hospital
  • Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Westlake Family Health Center
  • Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
  • Wooster Family Health Center

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