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Providence Health & Services Receives 2008 EPA Energy Star(R) Partner of the Year Award

Monday, March 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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Providence is the only health care company in the nation to receive this award in 2008



SEATTLE, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Providence Health & Services as a 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Providence's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2008.



Providence Health & Services, previously named an ENERGY STAR partner in 2004, will be honored for smart energy management practices and investments throughout its operations that resulted in significant energy and financial savings. Providence's 2007 ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager verifies that through energy management, ministries have saved more than:



-- 19,137,258 Kilowatt hours

-- 495,819 Therms

-- 47,891,661 pounds of carbon dioxide

-- $3,990,747 in verifiable energy savings



This is equivalent to removing the CO2 emissions of 4,702 cars for a year, or 2,474,199 gallons of gasoline saved, or, 50,518 barrels of oil saved.



Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are continuing to promote strategic energy management through participation in ENERGY STAR.



"As an Energy Star Partner, we will continue our efforts to achieve superior sustainable business best practices through energy efficiency in our organization," said Richard Beam, Director of Energy Management Services for Providence's supply chain management. "The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award is a visible sign to our patients, employees and the communities we serve that we are living our Core Value of Stewardship," Mr. Beam said.



Providence was able to claim eight ENERGY STAR Certified Hospitals/Medical Buildings in 2007, the most of any health care system in the nation:



1. Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR

2. Providence Elder Place - Cully, Portland, OR

3. Little Company of Mary San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, San Pedro, CA

4. Providence Education Center, Portland, OR

5. Providence Medical Office Building, Clinic B, Portland, OR

6. Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Spokane, WA

7. St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Missoula, MT

8. Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA



The 2008 Partner of the Year Awards recognize efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations and to integrate superior energy management into overall organizational strategy. Award winners are selected from more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. Providence Health & Services is the only health care institution in the nation to receive the prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for 2008.



"Providence Health & Services' leadership in managing their energy use is a model for other businesses looking for ways to protect the environment," said Robert J. Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air & Radiation. "Because commercial and industrial facilities account for half of all energy consumption in the U.S. and are responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, energy management is a critical element in our efforts on climate change."



ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 9,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of pr
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