Designing Greener Buildings and Improving Energy Efficiencies
Hospitals account for about two percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions from New York City buildings. As energy intensive facilities, we can save literally millions of dollars in operating costs by reducing energy consumption.
With this in mind, in 2009, Montefiore proudly accepted Mayor Bloomberg’s Carbon Challenge which invited hospitals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017. To meet this goal, already Montefiore:
- Works with Healthcare Without Harm, Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability, the Center for Health Design, and other organizations to identify ways to lessen our impact on the environment.
- Is a member of Practice Greenhealth— a nonprofit membership organization founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the healthcare community.
- Creates its own power to provide heating/cooling and hot water at our facility without causing any strain on local utility companies.
- Reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 109,000 metric tons, earning the hospital a certificate in 2011 from the U.S. EPA’s Combined Heat & Power Partnership.
- Established a building management system that allows us to regulate the temperature inside our facilities and lower our operational expenses, thus allowing the hospital to put those savings back into patient care.
Looking Towards the Future
Our Engineering Department is always researching new ways to save money and reduce our energy consumption. Our future goals include:
- LEED Silver certification on new green buildings using materials and resources that are less harmful to our patients.
- Energy audits at buildings 50,000+ square-feet to identify energy savings.
- Retro-fitting our buildings and optimizing systems through more efficient equipment.
- Enhancing relationships with such organizations as the U.S. Green Building Council, Association for Energy Engineers, Department of Energy and the United States Clean Heat & Power Association.