"Reducing waste and operating more efficiently will lower costs, help the environment and ultimately benefit those patients we are privileged to serve," said Mary Larsen, manager environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care.
Oak Brook, ILL (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top health systems, will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. The Battle of the Buildings has a goal to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment. All ten Advocate hospitals will compete against thousands of other teams from buildings across the country to reduce waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
"Advocate is honored to be a part of this competition,” said Mary Larsen, manager of environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care. "Reducing waste and operating more efficiently will lower costs, help the environment and ultimately benefit those patients we are privileged to serve.”
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.
Of the nearly 3,300 competitors, the building 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.
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.