"The end result of this competition will ultimately benefit the patients and families we are privileged to serve,” said Joe Buri, manager energy solutions, at Advocate Health Care
Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
At the midpoint of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star 2012 Battle of the Buildings competition, Advocate Health Care, ranks 2nd place nationally in the health care multiple building category.
Of the nearly 3,200 competitors, the building(s) that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use will be recognized as the winner in April 2013.The competing teams represent more than 30 different types of commercial buildings — such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums from across the country.
"The end result of this competition will ultimately benefit the patients and families we are privileged to serve,” said Joe Buri, manager energy solutions, at Advocate Health Care. “Focusing on improving sustainable and environmentally sound methods has a direct impact on positive health outcomes.”
All 11 Advocate hospitals are competing against thousands of other teams from across the country to reduce waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
Advocate sites will measure and track their facility’s monthly energy consumption, make improvements to their building's energy performance and then share their progress.
According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted.