FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2022
CHICAGO – The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) is proud to announce that it received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy for the fourth year in a row, marking the sixth consecutive year that ASHE has won an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. This award recognizes ASHE’s continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR.
“Receiving this award for a sixth year recognizes our members’ ongoing dedication to reducing their carbon footprint, supporting more sustainable health care facilities,” said Kara Brooks, ASHE senior associate director of sustainability. “We are excited to build on our previous success and support hospitals in achieving their goals.”
ASHE provides resources and programs tailored for hospitals, which have unique energy needs due to the around-the-clock operation and energy-intensive medical equipment. ASHE’s Energy to Care Program helps hospitals track sustainability metrics, become more efficient and redirect energy and water savings toward patient care. Energy to Care challenges, awards, hosted programs and publications raise awareness about the importance of sustainability in health care. ASHE’s efforts have contributed to increased efficiency in hospitals across the country:
- Hospitals in the Energy to Care program have saved more than $550 million (and counting) in collective energy savings.
- More hospitals are making the commitment to energy efficiency. In 2014, 239 facilities participated in Energy to Care. Today, more than 3,650 facilities are participating.
- More hospitals are reducing energy use quickly. In 2020, 255 hospitals reduced consumption by 10% in a single year or 15% over two years and earned a 2020 Energy to Care Award. The award was canceled in 2021 due to the effects of COVID-19, however the program has been reinstated in 2022 with new metrics and award categories.
- More hospitals are reaching major efficiency accomplishments. The number of health care facilities in ASHE’s Energy to Care Program with ENERGY STAR scores of 75 or more increased from 110 in 2010 to 585 in 2021.
The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. Winners are part of a distinguished group that has made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency. They are among the nation’s leaders in driving value for the environment, the economy and the American people.
Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
ASHE is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 12,500 members rely on ASHE as a key source of professional development, industry information and advocacy, including representation on key issues that affect their work in the physical health care environment. For more information about ASHE, contact 312-422-3800 or visit www.ashe.org.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state and local organizations — including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500® — partner with the EPA to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that protect the climate while improving air quality and protecting public health. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs, and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. Over the lifetime of the program, every dollar EPA has spent on ENERGY STAR resulted in $350 in energy cost savings for American business and households. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 500 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $39 billion in energy costs. More information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.