EPA Recognizes NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for "Green" Efforts
New York City hospital honored with 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award and Climate Communications Award
Apr 29, 2014
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been recognized for its efforts to promote sustainability with two honors from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The hospital won the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency and the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Climate Communications Award for its outstanding efforts to raise awareness about climate change through its sustainability initiative, NYPgreen. These accomplishments were recognized today in Washington, D.C. NewYork-Presbyterian is the only hospital in the country to earn a Partner of the Year award this year, as well as the only hospital to win the award nine times.
The 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award was awarded to the hospital for the ninth year for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. This award is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. In 2013, NewYork-Presbyterian reduced its site energy use intensity by six percent, eclipsing its goal of a two percent reduction. The hospital also has ambitious long-term sustainability goals, pledging to reduce its energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020 and its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2018 from a 2005 baseline.
NewYork-Presbyterian was also recognized for its work promoting sustainability to its employees, patients and the surrounding community. The EPA honored the hospital with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Climate Communications Awards for NYPgreen, a unified sustainability program. NYPgreen promotes a number of sustainability initiatives including a green workspace program that rewards employees for saving energy, an external website with tips to reduce energy consumption, and hospital-wide Earth Day celebrations.
In addition to NewYork-Presbyterian's Partner of the Year honors, NewYork-Presbyterian/the Allen Hospital, one of NewYork-Presbyterian's six campuses, earned an EPA ENERGY STAR certification for 2014. 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. Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
"NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is deeply committed to promoting sustainability, and through our efforts to create an efficient infrastructure as well as engage staff and patients in the cause, we are making a difference," said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Our 'green' efforts not only benefit the environment, they also help to promote good health and well-being, an integral part of our patient care and community service mission as an academic medical center.”
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive hospitals, with some 2,600 beds. In 2012, the Hospital had nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits, including 12,758 deliveries and 275,592 visits to its emergency departments. NewYork-Presbyterian's 6,144 affiliated physicians and 20,154 staff provide state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at six major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. 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.
About ENERGY STAR
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