GHS Medical Center honored by EPA for energy efficiency

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Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center in Augusta has earned a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Energy Star” designation for 2012, honoring superior efforts to promote energy efficiency and environmental protection.

The center is the only hospital in Georgia to hold such a designation, a hospital spokeswoman said.

To qualify, a hospital must perform in the top 25 percent of its peers nationwide. Facilities included in the designation are the adult hospital, the Critical Care Center, GHS Children’s Medical Center and the Medical Office Building.

GHS formed a committee in 2006 to track energy costs and consumption and to develop a more sustainable operations plan based on EPA benchmarks. The committee identified projects to make the hospital “greener,” including a lighting retrofit and variable speed drive and steam trap replacements which saved $344,000 in energy bills the first year alone. The hospital has reduced its electrical consumption by 6 percent and natural gas consumption by 8.5 percent.

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