Canton, OH: For the third year in a row, Mercy Medical Center, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR award, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that Mercy’s building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. An ENERGY STAR facility since 2009, Mercy was the second hospital in Ohio – and one of fewer than 100 nationwide – to earn this prestigious designation from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
"Mercy Medical Center is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, Mercy Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer. Adding, "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
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. Mercy improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building(s).
“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.”
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. To earn the ENERGY STAR, Mercy Medical Center has 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.
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 the ENERGY STAR. 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, 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 31 million vehicles.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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