FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2017
CHICAGO—The American Society for Healthcare Engineering has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Award winner. ASHE’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.
ASHE, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association and an ENERGY STAR partner, will be honored for its work to help health care facilities become more energy efficient.
“This award recognizes the leadership and dedication of the ASHE Board of Directors, Sustainability Committee, Energy to Care program partners, and of course our members who have made the commitment to energy efficiency within their facilities,” said ASHE Executive Director PJ Andrus, MBA, CAE. “We are excited to continue building on the success of the Energy to Care program.”
ASHE provides resources and programs specifically tailored for hospitals, which have unique energy needs due to their around-the-clock operation and energy-intensive medical equipment needed for patient care. ASHE’s free Energy to Care benchmarking and awards program helps hospitals track energy use, become more efficient, and redirect energy savings toward patient care. The Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals provides step-by-step instructions for efficiency projects proven to work in health care settings. Energy to Care challenges, awards, and publications raise awareness of the importance of sustainability. ASHE’s efforts have contributed to increased efficiency in hospitals across the country:
- Energy savings have topped a total of more than $127 million for hospitals in the Energy to Care program.
- More hospitals are making the commitment to energy efficiency. In 2014, 239 facilities participated in Energy to Care. Today more than 2,100 facilities are participating.
- More hospitals are reducing energy use quickly. For example, 29 hospitals reduced consumption by 10 percent in a single year and earned a 2016 Energy to Care Award—an increase of 25 percent from the year before and an increase of 160 percent from 2014.
- More hospitals are reaching major efficiency accomplishments. A total of 194 facilities in Energy to Care now have an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or greater, a 75 percent increase from 2010.
The 2017 Partner of the Year – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated leadership in implementing high-performing energy efficiency programs. For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
ASHE is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 12,500 members rely on ASHE as a key source of professional development, industry information and advocacy, including representation on key issues that affect their work in the physical health care environment. For more information about ASHE, contact 312-422-3800 or visit www.ashe.org.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world. Since 1992, the program has helped families and businesses save 4.6 trillion kilowatt hours and $430 billion on energy bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.7 billion metric tons.