It was recently announced that OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital recently received the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification. In a letter to the community, O’Bleness President Lee-Ann Lucas-Helber explained the significance of this certification:
“I am pleased to share that OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency. This recognition is awarded to buildings that outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Though Ohio leads the nation in the number of ENERGY STAR-certified hospitals, as of April 2022, only 20 hospitals had received this certification.
A September 2021 consensus statement from 200+ medical journals named climate change the number one threat to global public health. It exposes millions of people in the U.S. to harm every year — with disproportionate impacts on vulnerable and underserved communities.
Our energy efficiency work supports our mission “to improve the health of those we serve” by reducing the negative health and climate impacts of our energy consumption while improving community health and minimizing costs. It is also a part of a larger initiative being carried out by OhioHealth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and to zero by 2050.
I could not be prouder of our associates and physicians for their efforts to move us closer to this important goal.
Sincerely, Lee Ann”
You can read the full press release about the certification below: