Conservation and Sustainability
UW Health's Green STEPS efforts - Simple Things, Eco-Positive Solutions - aim to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces, recycling practices, waste management and more, with the goal of sustaining a healthy environment in and around our spaces, and within the community.
Energy Star Partnership
UW Health is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR to demonstrate and reinforce our commitment to protecting the environment through continuous improvement of our energy performance. This important partnership also commits us to:
- Measure and track the energy performance of our organization's facilities where possible by using tools such as those offered through ENERGY STAR.
- Develop and implement a plan consistent with the ENERGY STAR Energy Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings.
- Help spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency to our staff and community.
- Support the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call-to-action to help improve the energy efficiency of
America's commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.
- Highlight our achievements with recognition offered through ENERGY
MPower Business Champion Program
Sustain Dane's MPower Business Champion program systematically ensures businesses go green effectively and efficiently. Over one year, the program moves businesses from intention to implementation with projects focused on energy, climate change, waste management, water, transportation, and employee engagement. Participants develop a business case and strategy that enable them to achieve measurable results.
In 2011, UW Health joined the MPower Business Champion program with Research Park Clinic as the first participant. In 2012, University Station Clinic was deemed our UW Health Champion and made the following strides:
- Aligned energy conservation projects with Refresh Program
- Improved recycling program, building insulation and lighting efficiency
- Created Green Team at University Station Clinic
- Estimated $7,065.63 saved per year from lighting project alone; payoff in 4.78 yrs
- Estimated 64,233 kWh saved per yearr from lighting project
- Estimated 142,597.26 lbs CO2 emissions avoided per year from lighting project
- Plans to start composting on site
- Plans to assess and implement LEED EB Certification
Currently, our 2013 MPower Champions include both UW Health East and West Clinics.
MPower Champion businesses understand that sustainability needs to be included in their strategic plan to stay competitive. Regardless of size or industry, these businesses learn from one another and create a network of leading green businesses.
The UW Health Energy Team identifies areas where energy can be saved. The latest projects include:
- Hand dryers that have been installed in many of the public rest rooms in UW Hospital and Clinics (on first and second floors), eliminating the use of paper towels reducing the amount of paper waste.
- Occupancy sensors at several clinic sites
- HVAC controls
- Converted to T8 (fluorescent lighting)
- Daylight sensors
- Vending misers that allow machines to sense activity and save energy
- Building tune-ups
- Insulated attics
- Energy audit of 1 S. Park
Many of these projects have resulted saving enough electricity to power more than 130 homes for one year.
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