Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Earns Second Consecutive Energy Star from EPA
Nearly century-old building scores highest among hospitals statewide, garners international attention
West Philadelphia (March 13, 2012) – For the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Mercy Philadelphia Hospital with its prestigious Energy Star® for superior energy efficiency. Mercy Philadelphia scored a 99, considered perfect, for its energy use in 2011. An improvement from its rating of 90 in 2010, it is also the highest score among a total of five hospitals in Pennsylvania that have achieved Energy Star recognition.
“We are honored to receive this distinction again for our commitment to energy conservation and reducing our carbon footprint,” says Kathryn Conallen, chief executive officer of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. “The Energy Star award reflects a truly collaborative effort among our many departments to be fiscally and environmentally responsible. We are excited about the spotlight it has placed on our hospital.”
Executives from Kansai Electric, Japan’s second largest utility company, recently visited Mercy Philadelphia Hospital to learn about its success with a demand response program. This program enables the hospital to curtail its energy use during times of peak demand, such as on hot summer days, during storms or during power plant repairs and maintenance.
In addition to participating in a demand response program, Mercy Philadelphia has implemented multiple programs and initiatives to conserve energy. This includes replacing various equipment with newer and more efficient models, programming fans throughout the campus to shut down at various times throughout the evening, installing light and motion sensors and timers, and promoting a “Turn It Off, Turn It Off, Turn It Off” campaign.
As a result, Mercy Philadelphia has reduced its energy use by 35 percent and more than 700 kilowatts in addition to generating 35 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
Director of Plan Operations Jerry Moyer says, “This is an incredible accomplishment for a building built in 1918. We continue to look for ways to minimize our impact on our environment while providing a safe and comfortable space for our patients, visitors and staff.”
EPA’s Energy Star 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. In 2010 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 33 million cars.