EPA Commends NewYork-Presbyterian With ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence

Highest ENERGY STAR Honor Recognizes Hospital's Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Energy Efficiency

Apr 12, 2007


For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with its ENERGY STAR Award for leadership in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The Hospital is one of only two organizations in New York state and 26 nationally to receive a 2007 award for "Sustained Excellence" – the highest ENERGY STAR honor. The award was bestowed at a March 21 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

"I am very proud that our Hospital has been recognized for its long-term commitment to improved energy efficiency and sound environmental practices. It's a win-win, benefiting our patients, the environment and our bottom line," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "I want to salute the leadership of our energy team, who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving our energy goals."

Energy improvement projects undertaken at NewYork-Presbyterian over the past year are estimated to have increased annual savings to almost $2 million – more than the savings from 2004 and 2005 combined, and equivalent to generating $35 million in new revenue. And, as a participant in the ENERGY STAR "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, NewYork-Presbyterian partnered with GE Supply to give away hundreds of free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to employees who took a pledge to replace at least one light in their home.

NewYork Presbyterian is the first health-care provider to earn the ENERGY STAR award three times and the only health-care provider to be honored for "Sustained Excellence." Previously, the Hospital won "Partner of Year" awards for Leadership in Energy Management (2005 and 2006). The Hospital has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2003.

More than 80 businesses and organizations received awards this year, selected from a pool of more than 9,000 businesses and organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR partner program.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – based in New York City – is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,335 beds. It provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. It ranks sixth in U.S.News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Hospitals," ranks first on New York magazine's "Best Hospitals" survey, has the greatest number of physicians listed in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" issue, and is included among Solucient's top 15 major teaching hospitals. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. The program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 9,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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