SMH Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Aug/15/2012

SARASOTA (Aug. 15, 2012) – Sarasota Memorial has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the organization performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"We are pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Facilities Director Jim Bugyis. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in Southwest Florida to earn the certification.

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. 

Sarasota Memorial improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.   

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

Sarasota Memorial reduced total energy costs by nearly $300,000 a year through a variety of initiatives, including replacing more than 10,000 bulbs with efficient fluorescent lighting (old bulbs are recycled) and upgrading corridor lights to LED lights, which use less electricity and last longer. Earlier this year, SMH also installed 40 solar panels atop the Waldemere Tower, a pilot project designed to produce 1,000,000 BTUs of heated water per day to supplement the hospital’s air conditioning and heating systems’ boilers. 

“The savings from our energy efficiency initiatives not only reduce the hospital's carbon footprint, but also help provide additional funds for critical medical services,” said Bugyis.

 

About Sarasota Memorial

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida's greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial's 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation's largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services­ from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to rank in U.S. News' "Best Hospitals" and HealthGrades "America's 50 Best Hospitals" lists.

Media Contact: Kim Savage, (941) 917-6271 or kim-savage@smh.com

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