NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has been an Energy Star healthcare partner since 2008. Our staff utilizes Energy Star resources to:
- Prepare an energy strategy for the future of our organization
- Initiate a comprehensive energy management program; click here to see Energy Star's guidelines for energy management
- Benchmark our energy performance against a national database of hospitals
- Purchase Energy Star qualified products to save energy throughout the organization; click here to see Energy Star Products
- Explore potential for use of on-site renewable energy
- Bring Your Green To Work; our employees can use Energy Star to save energy here at NYP Queens. Get ideas by clicking here.
NYP Queens is exploring on-site cogeneration, or Combined Heat & Power (CHP), and is moving forward to evaluate the economic feasibility of such a project at our main campus through a competitive RFP process and utilizing grant funding via the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
More About CHP
Combined Heat & Power, also known as cogeneration, is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. By installing a CHP system designed to meet the thermal and electrical base loads of a facility, the hospital can greatly increase operations efficiency and decrease energy costs. At the same time, CHP reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, which is a contributing factor to global climate change.
The EPA's CHP partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of clean, on-site power production. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects.
Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Partnership
A partnership program sponsored by the EPA,makes it easy to save water and protect the environment. NYP Queens has pledged to purchase products bearing the WaterSense label and to build more effective controls over costs and use of water and waste water.
In December 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg challenged New Yorkers to generate ideas for achieving 10 key goals for the city's sustainable future.
The result is the most sweeping plan to enhance New York's urban environment in the city's modern history. Focusing on five key dimensions of the city's environment - land, air, water, energy, and transportation - New York had set the goal of reducing its citywide carbon emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030.
In 2009, the Mayor's office issued a challenge to New York area hospitals to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over ten years as opposed to the previous stated goal of 2030. NYP Queens is one of 13 nonprofit hospitals that had accepted this challenge.
NYP Queens accomplishments in the program include:
- As of September 2011, NYP Queens achieved a reduction of 28 percent in total carbon emissions.
- NYP Queens representatives are participating in the peer review process of a research project sponosred by the University of Washington. The research is developing strategies for new healthcare construction to use 60% less energy than current healthcare buildings. The new energy targets ar 100KBtu/SF per year, and the research project is called Targeting 100! Click here for more about Targeting 100!
- NYP Queens hosted a working session of the Mayor's Healthcare Challenge.
- The hospital is an active participant in the PlaNYC annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory to help track progress toward campus and citywide goals.
The University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab is leading a research effort directed at higher performing hospital buildings with respect to energy performance and environmental quality. The name, Targeting 100!, comes from the 2030 Challenge energy reduction goal for hospitals; a 60% energy use reduction from typical acute care hospital targets approximately 100 KBtu/SF Year, thus the name “Targeting 100!”. NYP Queens's facilities management staff participated in a peer review session with the Integrated Design Lab as well as other leaders in healthcare design, construction, and operations in the Spring of 2012.