Bronson Battle Creek Recognized for Energy Conservation
For the third year in a row, Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) has received Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency for successful energy conservation. This certification recognizes the hospital for saving approximately $700,000 dollars in energy use when compared to the average healthcare facility of comparable size. BBC is one of only 40 hospitals in the United States to receive Energy Star certification in 2018. With an Energy Star score of 93/100, it is the highest ranked organization in Michigan, as of August 1, 2018.
“Bronson Battle Creek is committed to advancing the health of our community,” explains Jim McKernan, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Bronson Battle Creek. “One way we create a healthier, more sustainable community is by reducing waste and lessening the impact we have on the environment.”
BBC began focusing initiatives on environmental sustainability over a decade ago, while functioning as Battle Creek Health System. In 2008, the hospital reached a 15 percent reduction in energy and was awarded the Energy Efficiency Commitment award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Since then, the organization has continued to reduce energy usage, leading to a decrease in facility costs and the carbon footprint left on the Battle Creek community. In 2010, BBC redesigned the hospital’s exhaust stacks and boiler system. This resulted in an increase of 25 percent in boiler efficiencies. In 2015, all exterior lighting was replaced with new LED technology. This resulted in an approximate 75 percent increase in efficiency compared to the old lighting. And most recently, the hospital installed new, state-of-the-art clinical vacuum systems, re-engineered the outpatient building cooling system, and installed a new compressed control air system. The hospital also recently completed projects with both SEMCO Energy and Consumers Energy. All of these changes and initiatives have resulted in a significant reduction in energy use.
Bronson Battle Creek also focuses on sustainability through local food sourcing, smarter purchasing and wasting less. In 2014, Bronson Battle Creek became a member of the Michigan Green Healthcare Committee and the Healthier Hospital Initiative, supporting and encouraging sustainability that improves human and environmental health within the healthcare sector.
“Receiving Energy Star certification validates the hard work we have been putting toward reducing our environmental footprint,” explains Mark Allen, facilities supervisor at Bronson Battle Creek. “There is still a lot to be done in order to reduce waste and build a healthier, more sustainable community. We will continue to make changes that will positively impact our patients, employees and community.”
About Energy STAR
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 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1/7 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings: energystar.gov/buildings.