Bronson Battle Creek Recognized for Energy Conservation
Consumers Energy recently presented Bronson Battle Creek with a $62,364 rebate check, representing the amount saved from the hospital’s energy conservation projects during 2018. This check presentation comes shortly after receiving a $92,183 rebate check from SEMCO Energy and Efficiency United. Both rebates recognize the hospital’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
“Our entire organization is committed to sustainability and reducing energy use,” says Jim McKernan, chief operating officer at Bronson Battle Creek. “Not only does it help limit the impact on the environment, but it reduces costs. Those savings can ultimately be invested in other local healthcare services that help advance the health of our community.”
Bronson Battle Creek began focusing 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, staff have continued to reduce energy usage, leading to a decrease in facility costs and the carbon footprint left on the Battle Creek community. In 2018 alone, Bronson Battle Creek replaced the chiller at the Fieldstone Center, rebuilt the chiller at the hospital, and replaced much of the lighting throughout the hospital to more energy efficient LED options.
In 2018, Bronson Battle Creek was awarded the national Energy Star label for a third year in a row. This is a recognition achieved by only 40 hospitals across the country. To learn more about Bronson’s commitment to environmental sustainability and reducing energy use, visit bronsonhealth.com.