At the Hospitals: Mt. Ascutney Honored for Energy Efficiency

Friday, March 09, 2018
Mt. Ascutney Honored for Energy Efficiency

Windsor — After working for four years to improve energy efficiency Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which is given to hospitals that are in the top 25 percent in the country in terms of energy use.

“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship, lowered our energy costs, and provided a better healing environment for our patients, with our spaces lit and climate controlled to industry best practices,” Dr. Joseph Perras, CEO and chief medical officer at Mt. Ascutney, said in a news release.

The EPA scores hospitals from 1 to 100 for energy efficiency, with a higher score meaning the facility is more energy efficient. Four years ago Mt. Ascutney received a score of 57 and began planning improvements, including installing more efficient lighting and utilizing software that analyzed energy use at the hospital. This year, Mt. Ascutney received a score of 83, making it the highest-coring hospital in Vermont.

Karen Glitman, director of Efficiency Vermont, said that hospitals improve patient care when they prioritize energy efficiency.

“The real winners are the patients: lower energy costs contribute to more affordable healthcare. Improved lighting and comfort can support positive health outcomes,” she said in a news release.

Perras noted that efforts to improve energy efficiency will be ongoing.

“As we know from our work as healers, technologies and practices continue to advance,” he said. “We always strive to do better, and we remain committed to a continuing focus on reducing our use of energy.”