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by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 27, 2022
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners from the hospitality and healthcare sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to water efficiency, conservation, and safety. The event brought together Better Buildings partners and affiliates, including Hilton, Travel + Leisure, the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 10, 2022
Better Buildings Affiliates are NGOs, associations, and nonprofits that identify, recruit, and support organizations interested in improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions across their U.S. building portfolios. Through the Better Buildings Initiative, Better Buildings healthcare...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 07, 2022
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners from the commercial real estate and healthcare sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to renewables integration, decarbonization strategies, and financing for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The event brought together Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 27, 2021
The healthcare sector faces unique challenges in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency – but with unique challenges come unique opportunities. Tim Wilson of Gundersen Health System shares the organization’s new efficiency projects and two things you can do right now...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 10, 2021
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners in the healthcare and higher education sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to energy efficiency and renewable energy procurement on a campus setting. The event brought together over a dozen participants from Better Buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 17, 2021
For the second year, healthy and efficient building operations was a popular topic during the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit. Several sessions featured healthcare partners discussing their hands-on experience at the intersection of health and building operations. Commercial real estate (...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 25, 2021
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to waste reduction and diversion in the medical field. Hosted by the DOE Waste Reduction Pilot team, the event brought together over a dozen participants...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2020
The current pandemic is challenging the US healthcare system in unprecedented ways. Facilities have been reimagined, renovated, strained, and underutilized simultaneously – ICUs and other critical care areas have seen an increase in occupancy while offices in medical office buildings sit empty....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 25, 2020
In 2011, Cleveland Clinic Foundation became one of the first healthcare partners to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce its energy use intensity by 20% by 2020. Right on schedule, in 2020 the organization reached 22% energy savings across 18+ million square feet. Through...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 21, 2020
Healthcare energy efficiency was a popular topic throughout this year’s Better Buildings Summit. To kick off the four-day Virtual Leadership Symposium, Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Allen of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health highlighted the importance of promoting human health and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 24, 2019
Upon joining the Better Buildings Alliance in 2011, Mayo Clinic committed to improving the energy productivity of its Rochester, Minnesota campus by 20% by the end of 2020. Mayo Clinic reached this goal two years early, and this year received Practice Greenhealth’s Emerald Award and Greening the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 29, 2019
On July 23, DOE visited Sparta, Wisconsin to recognize Better Buildings Alliance partner Gundersen Health System at their Sparta Clinic for impressive portfolio-wide energy efficiency advances. The 35,000-square-foot Sparta Clinic was built with numerous energy-efficient design features aimed at...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 26, 2019
On July 17 and 18, 2019, the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE), a Better Buildings Alliance Affiliate, led an Energy Treasure Hunt with the help of DOE at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). To help to share its energy-savings knowledge and experience with others,...
by Megan Krest, RE Tech Advisors on Dec 10, 2018
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities account for 7% of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. The historically low cost of water and concerns about waterborne diseases, especially legionella, have kept many healthcare systems from prioritizing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2018
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include partner solutions from Bullitt County Public Schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Trinity Management as well as strategies for green revolving funds, water efficiency, outdoor lighting, commercial solar PV, and more. Check them out...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Aug 02, 2018
UW Health is an integrated health system that serves more than 600,000 patients each year and includes seven hospitals and 80 outpatient sites. In 2016, UW Health committed to the Better Buildings Challenge setting the goal of a 20% energy use intensity (EUI) reduction from a 2013 baseline by 2023...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Jul 25, 2018
Leaders in healthcare sustainability convened at the 2018 CleanMed conference in San Diego, California to “accelerate the sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.”[1] This year, Better Buildings Challenge...
by Allison Nozza, JDM on Nov 02, 2017
The Beat Blog recently told you about Cleveland Clinic’s new case study on Green Revolving Funds for Healthcare projects. Inspired by the growing interest in this funding mechanism, Better Buildings has compiled this excellent resource, and many others, into the Green Revolving Funds Toolkit....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 18, 2017
Recently we wrote about Better Buildings partners at the 2017 CleanMed conference who presented about different strategies and mechanisms for financing energy efficiency improvements at healthcare facilities. Cleveland Clinic spoke about their Green Revolving Fund, the largest of its kind for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 06, 2017
What happens when a service you need is taken off the market? You figure out how to get the job done yourself! In 2013, ENERGY STAR® retired their certification for medical office buildings, based on the lack of a good data set for scoring and comparison. Better Building Alliance partner...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 24, 2017
The CleanMed conference and exposition is a significant annual event for those advancing sustainability within the healthcare sector. Influential healthcare stakeholders convene with vendors of cleaner and safer products and services to propel forward a stronger commitment towards sustainable...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 27, 2017
At the Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center, part of Cleveland Clinic’s network of hospitals and healthcare facilities, the answer to more savings was in low and no-cost improvements. The Twinsburg facility was designed and certified LEED Gold, but after only a year of operation was using...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 27, 2017
Leaders in energy efficiency know that goals are rarely achieved without trying something new. Better Buildings Challenge healthcare partner UW Health recently took advantage of an energy incentive pilot program offered through their local utility, and managed to reduce demand levels for three...