Sierra Vista Herald
Jan 29, 2016
BISBEE — Copper Queen Community Hospital earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” said Guy Shoaf, the hospital’s Director of Facilities.
Earning Energy Star certification highlights the hospital’s status within the top 25 percent of hospitals in the nation with regard to energy performance. The hospital improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plants.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s facilities is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star certification.”
To earn the Energy Star, the hospital implemented energy efficient lighting, installed building automation systems, monitored energy consumption through daily dashboards, installed water saving flush-o-meters, and educated staff on energy saving initiatives.
Energy Star was introduced by the 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 65 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, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from Energy Star.
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