Sarasota Memorial’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment have received national recognition, with the hospital recently earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification.
The EPA gives the designation to organizations that perform in the to 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels.
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 has been able to reduce 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, which produce 1,000,000 BTUs of heated water per day to supplement the hospital’s air conditioning and heating systems’ boilers.
These initiatives are critical for the hospital and the entire community. “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 Sarasota Memorial Facilities Director Jim Bugyis.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification, click here.