Leaner Energy

Leaner Energy

It is well-documented that health care facilities consume huge amounts of energy and are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions.  This fossil-fuel based energy consumption negatively impacts patients and the environment. 

“Every dollar saved on energy costs is a dollar that is devoted to improving medical care for our patients.”

Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO, New York Presbyterian Hospital

The HH Leaner Energy How-To Guide gives health care organizations enrolled in the Leaner Energy Challenge the guidance and support they need to reduce energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, purchase cleaner, environmentally safer energy alternatives, and save significantly on energy costs.  

Why Leaner Energy

High energy use can be costly and can negatively impact health by increasing air pollution

  • Hospitals use more than 8% of the nation’s energy
  • Pollutants can contribute to chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms and premature death  
  • Hospital energy costs rose 56 percent between 2003 and 2008

Review the Leaner Energy Resources for details of each level of commitment and data measurements required.


Level 1

Input energy data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to establish baseline and track subsequent energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from metered energy use.

Reduce greenhouse gases by decreasing weather-adjusted energy intensity from metered energy use by three percent from baseline.

Level 2

Input energy data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to establish baseline and track subsequent energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from metered energy use.

Reduce greenhouse gases by decreasing weather-adjusted energy intensity from metered energy use by five percent from baseline.

Level 3

Input energy data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to establish baseline and track subsequent energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from metered energy use.

Reduce greenhouse gases by decreasing weather-adjusted energy intensity from metered energy use by ten percent from baseline; OR, if facility is already an ENERGY STAR rated facility (> 75), maintain ES status.