Mequon, WI, February 24, 2011 – Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee has earned an ENERGY STAR designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its energy efficiency. The award, which was presented to the hospital in early February, recognizes the facility for using 35 percent less energy and generating 35 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than the average hospital.
“It is an honor to receive this award, because so few hospitals achieve it,” said Brian Weyker, manager of plant engineering at the hospital. “Only 36 hospitals nationwide and only two in Wisconsin, achieved the designation in 2010.”
The 628,000 square-foot, 182-bed hospital was built in 1993 and expanded in 2000 and 2007. “Energy efficiency was a key design objective for the original hospital and both additions,” Weyker said. Among the hospital’s energy-saving features: automated building controls, T-5 and T-8 fluorescent lighting, and high-efficiency equipment.
Weyker also praised hospital employees, who have embraced Columbia St. Mary’s system-wide energy-savings initiatives.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to promote energy-efficient products and practices.