Bronson Battle Creek Receives Recognition for Energy Conservation
Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) recently received the Energy Star label from the Environmental Protection Agency for successful energy conservation. This label recognizes the hospital for using 25 to 35 percent less energy than the average hospital. BBC is one of only 23 hospitals in the United States to receive the Energy Star label in 2016. It is the only hospital in Michigan to receive the label since 2012.
“We are very proud to receive this honor. We have been working deliberately to reduce our environmental footprint for several years, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” explains Paul Ratliff, Director of Facilities at Bronson Battle Creek. “In the coming years, we will continue to make changes that will positively impact our patients, employees and community.”
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 (E2C) 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. In 2015, they replaced all exterior lighting to LED technology. This resulted in an approximate 75 percent decrease in energy costs and a 22 percent increase in energy efficiency.
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.
About Bronson Battle Creek
Bronson Battle Creek Hospital is a 218-bed, all-private room community hospital providing a full range of outpatient and inpatient services including emergency care, heart and vascular care, neurology and neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery, testing and diagnostics, and rehabilitation services. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, home health and hospice services, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Bronson Battle Creek is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer program since 1995 and is the only hospital in Michigan to be a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award three review cycles in a row.
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: www.energystar.gov/buildings.