CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Clinic was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The ENERGY STAR program promotes energy efficiency practices that protect the environment through intelligent product design and practices.
More than 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.
"Cleveland Clinic's robust energy management program is a national model, demonstrating how to fight climate change through energy efficiency," said Elizabeth Craig, Acting Director of EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs.
Healthcare organizations spend nearly $8.8 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs, which is about 4 percent of all of the energy used in the United States.
Cleveland Clinic Senior Director for Facilities John D'Angelo said the hospital system has instituted numerous efficiency initiatives, and it has championed ENERGY STAR and efficiency initiatives across the industry.
Cleveland Clinic Chief of Operations, Bill Peacock, said Cleveland Clinic has shown that you can positively impact patient outcomes, patient safety and patient experience while saving energy.
"As a leader in healthcare delivery, we consider it our responsibility to take a leadership role in clinical support areas such as energy management," he said.
"Hospital leadership has made energy awareness and waste reduction a top priority, and we have seen some excellent results. We avoided $4 million in costs in 2010 due to energy efficiency gains throughout our hospital system," Peacock said.
Cleveland Clinic established the Office for a Healthy Environment in 2007 to expand and oversee the hospital's environmental initiatives.
The office has implemented a comprehensive recycling program throughout the hospital system, developed new waste tracking tools and spearheaded the hospital's other environmental stewardship programs.