Southeast Michigan hospitals save green by going green

Jay Greene
Crain's Detroit Business
June 14, 2015
St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor has taken advantage of low fuel oil and gas prices the past year and saved more than 20 percent through advanced bulk purchases.
 
Beaumont Health System has cut electricity usage by at least 10 percent, saving at least $1.4 million last year, by purchasing more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights and converting to variable frequency air conditioning units.
 
Oakwood Healthcare — before it became part of the new eight-hospital Beaumont Health — launched a recycling program last year and has eliminated 100 percent of its recyclable trash, or 50,000 pounds, and saves about $100,000 per year.