Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Johnston Memorial Hospital again earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency
ABINGDON, Va. – For the second year in a row, Johnston Memorial has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“Johnston Memorial is honored to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts for the second consecutive year,” said Stan Hickson, vice president and chief executive officer at the hospital. “This achievement confirms our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Johnston Memorial took the following actions over the last year:
- Converted multiple light fixtures to LED bulbs
- Installed water-saving fixtures
- Adjusted chiller and boiler units to maximize energy efficiency and reduce waste
This recognition is in addition to Johnston Memorial’s designation as a Gold-certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility by the U.S. Green Building Council – a separate certification from ENERGY STAR.
Obtaining ENERGY STAR certification has been a personal goal of Nathan Osborne, facilities services manager at Johnston Memorial.
“When we received this recognition last year, I was beyond thrilled,” he said. “To know our ongoing efforts have again earned us this prestigious certification is a testament to the dedication of Johnston Memorial to reduce our impact on the environment. I am very proud of the work my staff and our vendors put in to help us achieve this goal.”
Commercial 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. Johnston Memorial improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings