Mercy Health System Hospitals Awarded as ENERGY STAR® Certified
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (January 29, 2015) - Mercy Health System (MHS) of Southeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded three of its hospitals with the prestigious ENERGY STAR® for superior energy efficiency.
Throughout the years, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Nazareth Hospital have consistently been recognized as ENERGY STAR® certified buildings: Mercy Philadelphia Hospital received the designation for the fifth consecutive year, scoring a perfect 100 rating for the second year in a row; Mercy Fitzgerald received an energy star score of 94, an increase from previous scores of 91 in both 2012 and 2013; and Nazareth Hospital originally received the designation in 2008, then again in 2014 and 2013 with scores of 76, and now has an energy star score of 80.
“Earning the EPA’s ENERGY STAR designation for three of our acute care hospitals is an excellent example of Mercy’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship,” said MHS Interim President & CEO Susan Croushore. “This award recognizes the diligent work by our facility and maintenance colleagues who collaboratively work to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our energy costs. We will continue in our efforts to achieve superior energy efficiency throughout our organization.”
A few of the energy efficiency actions taken by Mercy’s hospitals include:
- LED lighting upgrades and installation of occupancy sensors
- Upgrades to Energy Management Systems and HVAC controls
- Energy efficient equipment replacement
- Changes to computer monitors to reset them for energy efficiency
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
EPA introduced ENERGY STAR® 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 70 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $239 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.9 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR®.
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