November 20, 2012

Mercy Medical Center earns its fourth EPA ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency

For the fourth year in a row, Mercy Medical Center has earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which signifies that Mercy performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“Mercy Medical Center is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, Mercy Medical Center president and chief executive officer.” Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn 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.  Mercy improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

Mercy Medical Center recognizes the importance of conservation on a daily basis and strives to be a good steward of its resources through energy conservation, recycling, buying green and building green.  In addition to earning the ENERGY STAR certification, Mercy Medical Center has also initiated the following green programs:

• Hospital-wide recycling of glass, aluminum, #1-#7 plastics, light bulbs, cardboard and lab chemicals.
• Water conservation, reusable sharps containers and reduction of pharmaceutical waste.
• Replacement of most incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact florescent light bulbs)
• Electronic charting and paystubs, and digitalized testing.
• Collaboration with business and community partners that support green.

In addition to the main campus, Mercy Medical Center’s satellite facility, Mercy Health Center of Carroll County, located at 125 Canton Rd. in Carrollton, also earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Superior Energy Efficiency certification.

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 may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, 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 as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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