Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Earns EPA's Energy Star for Superior Energy Efficiency
West Philadelphia, PA (February 8, 2011) - Mercy Philadelphia Hospital (MPH) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
"We are pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," saidd Kathryn Conallen, MPH's Chief Executive Officer. "This achievement demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while lowering our energy costs--it's a win-win for the hospital."
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
MPH improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. The hospital has been able to utilize 35% less energy and generate 35% less greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.
MPH is one of only two hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania to earn this ENERGY STAR recognition.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR."
"We've been able to accomplish this through dedicated team approach that incorporates every Mercy Philadelphia colleague in our energy conservation efforts," said Jerry Moyer, MPH Director of Plant Management. "When you consider that the hospital was built in 1918, it is an exceptional accomplishment that we have been able to attain this status."
To earn the ENERGY STAR, the MPH's Facilities Department instituted a number of programs and initiatives including:
- Replacement of various equipment with newer, more efficient models.
- Programmed fans throughout the hospital to shut down at various times throughout the evening.
- Utilized the Metasys system to control night time set backs and set points in all occupied and unoccupied areas of the facility.
- Developed a daily patient room repair program to identify and repair steam leaks, to do immediate trap replacement and to lower water usage. In large mechanical rooms, we identified steam traps that are passing and make immediate repairs or replace.
- Replaced all exit lights with new LEDs. Installed light sensors, timers, photo light controls and motion sensors throughout the hospital.
- Purchased and installed Energy Star logo electronic saving bulbs throughout the hospital.
- Established an Energy Conservation Team made up of Facility personnel utilizing the phrase "Turn It Off, Turn It Off, Turn It Off." The team's goal is to look everyday for ways to reduce energy usage.
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.
Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.