Canton, Ohio: The main campus of Mercy Medical Center recently received its fifth consecutive ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Stark County, Ohio-based facility is one of only 10 hospitals in the U.S. to receive ENERGY STAR five years in a row.
Mercy is also one of four U.S. hospitals to earn its fifth consecutive award from 2009 to 2013, placing it in the top two percent of certified ENERGY STAR hospitals.
The Mercy Health Center of Carroll County, located in Carrollton, Ohio, is also an ENERGY STAR building. Facilities like these use 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, views environmental stewardship as an integral part of the hospital’s long-standing mission. “Providing quality, compassionate and affordable healthcare includes protecting the community where our patients and employees live,” he says. “To maintain and even improve on our levels of energy efficiency for the past five years speaks to our long-term commitment to conservation and eco-friendly practices.”
In addition to lowering energy use and cutting related costs, Mercy has also implemented many green initiatives over the past decade, including:
- Annual electronic recycling, document shredding and drug take-back events
- Hospital-wide recycling of glass, aluminum, plastic, cardboard, light bulbs and lab chemicals
- Water conservation, reusable sharps containers and reduction of pharmaceutical waste
- Use of CFLs (compact florescent light bulbs) instead of incandescent bulbs in most applications
- Electronic charting, imaging and paystubs, as well as real-time results and reports for physicians
- Partnerships with businesses and community partners that support environmental stewardship
Since the program began in 1992, ENERGY STAR efforts have helped the U.S. save $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. More than 65 products carry the ENERGY STAR label, and buildings that can earn the designation include new homes, offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.
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