Bon Secours Health System | Developing an Energy Efficient Strategy

The amount of energy used by U.S. hospitals is costly and contributes to environmental pollution that negatively impacts health.  Bon Secours Health System developed an Ecological Stewardship Plan with a goal of reducing its carbon footprint and minimizing these impacts by improving energy efficiency through operational and behavioral changes.  

To achieve this, Bon Secours developed an energy task force charged with engaging internal and external stakeholders. Internally, an energy policy was adopted; a communication campaign was launched to educate employees and leadership about energy conservation; and an Ecological Stewardship Plan was implemented.  The energy task force partnered with  stakeholder groups such as engineering, facilities management and vendors to identify potential capital improvement projects such as central energy plant upgrades, Where possible Bon Secours purchased only Energy Star-rated electronics and pursued energy-saving strategies such as chiller optimization, energy-efficient lighting, steam trap maintenance, temperature monitoring, efficient generator testing, and continuous monitoring and energy auditing.   The facilities’ energy utilization is reviewed at monthly Green Team meetings.

As a result, Bon Secours has achieved more than a 20 percent reduction in energy, $150,000 in energy rebates and $850,000 in cost savings. They also received an Energy Star designation for one hospital and significantly increased employee and leadership engagement.  Bon Secours continues to improve its energy performance