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Adventist HealthCare Becomes Largest Buyer of Green Energy for Healthcare Providers

Story by Adventist HealthCare
Published 1/19/2012

“An integral part of our mission is to improve the health of our communities and an important way to achieve this is by reducing our carbon dioxide emissions,” says William G. ”Bill” Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

Adventist HealthCare, based in Rockville, Md., recently announced that it is the largest purchaser of green energy of any healthcare system in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a national program that recognizes organizations that voluntarily use green power from eligible renewable sources.
The achievement follows the recent expansion of its already substantial Energy and Sustainability Program. This energy initiative and earlier efforts have resulted in Adventist HealthCare now purchasing nearly 15 percent of its electricity in the form of green energy.  At 6.75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of green energy, Adventist has exceeded all other healthcare providers participating in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  Through this purchase, Adventist is reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 5,119 metric tons each year, which is equivalent to each of the following:

• Removing 1,004 passenger vehicles from the roads each year
• Reducing total gasoline consumption by 573,892 gallons annually
• Reducing 11,905 barrels of oil from U.S. oil consumption per year
• Reducing the electricity production necessary to power 638 average homes each year.

The organization has also recently kicked off an aggressive efficiency and consumption reduction program that is expected to improve the organization’s environmental performance through the removal of an additional 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from its footprint by 2014.
“I’d like to congratulate Adventist HealthCare for being a leader in protecting our renewable energy future,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

“An integral part of our mission is to improve the health of our communities and an important way to achieve this is by reducing our carbon dioxide emissions,” said William G. ”Bill” Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.  “In addition, the money we have saved will help us invest in long term energy efficiency initiatives while advancing our overall mission of providing quality care to our patients.”

The Green Power Partnership currently has more than 1,300 partner organizations voluntarily buying nearly 20 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from electricity use of nearly 1.7 million average American homes.

“EPA applauds Adventist HealthCare on its increased purchase of green power,” said Blaine Collison, director of the Green Power Partnership.  “In doing so, Adventist HealthCare is setting a leading example among its peers in the health-care industry that supporting clean energy is a healthy choice both for the environment and for business.”