Greening of Healthcare Event Offers Best Practices for Healthcare

Energy and Sustainability Best Practices Take Center Stage on September 22 in Spokane

 

CleanTech Alliance is helping hospitals and healthcare facilities meet energy and waste reduction goals with a Greening of Healthcare special event held Tuesday, September 22, at Ecova’s headquarters in Spokane, WA. The event offers energy efficiency and sustainability best practices and lessons learned from Pacific Northwest healthcare and cleantech industry leaders.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), hospitals consume 458 trillion Btus each year, accounting for 5.5 percent of all commercial sector energy consumption even though healthcare facilities make up less than one percent of all commercial buildings. At the same time, 33 pounds of waste is produced per patient each and every day. Advanced diagnostic, imaging and laboratory equipment must run 24/7 along with laundry, food preparation, IT networks, HVAC equipment, lighting and more.

“Achieving energy and sustainability goals is very challenging in regimented hospital and healthcare operating environments,” said J. Thomas Ranken, President and CEO of the CleanTech Alliance Washington. “But, it can be done. The healthcare and cleantech industries have collaborated over and over again to generate substantial energy and cost savings while improving operational efficiencies and patient care in the process.”

Greening of Healthcare will feature industry experts from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Ecova, Providence Health Care, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Scope 5 and Washington State University. Presentation topics include:

  • The Role of Healthcare Leadership in Addressing Climate Change
  • Engaging Healthcare Employees in Waste Reduction
  • Examples of Energy Conservation and Environmental Leadership
  • How Smaller Health Care Organizations Can Have a Big Impact on Climate Change

Greening of Healthcare; Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices will be held Tuesday, September 22, at Ecova in Spokane from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To learn more and register, visit: www.cleantechalliance.org/events/event_details.asp?id=676934&group=

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