Will Compete to “Work Off the Waste” with Help From ENERGY STAR Program
Cleveland Clinic Solon Family Health Center has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) first national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change.
In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, Solon Family Health Center (FHC) will compete against 13 other buildings 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 as the winner of EPA’s National Building Competition in late October 2010.
Other competitors range from college dormitories to shopping malls to department stores. Solon FHC is the only medical facility taking part in the contest, and it is the only participant from Ohio.
“Cleveland Clinic is honored to be a part of the EPA National Building Competition,” said Christina Vernon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy, Cleveland Clinic Office for a Healthy Environment. “The hospital system is committed to providing world class care while being environmentally friendly. Environmental stewardship is one key way that Cleveland Clinic cares for the community’s health.”
Nearly 200 buildings applied to participate in the National Building Competition, which will judge the energy performance of the 14 finalists from Sept. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010. The energy use of each building is being monitored with EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager. Contestants will receive technical assistance from EPA as well as energy fitness advice from celebrity trainer, Bob Harper. Each building will participate in a mid-point weigh-in and post their results online at the competition website. Twitter updates by contestants will also be available at www.twitter.com/EnergyStarBldgs/contestants
“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 National Building Competition for taking action to protect the environment and fight climate change.”
According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with the 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.
To learn more about the National Building Competition visit www.energystar.gov/BuildingContest, and to learn more about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic 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. 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 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine community hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.