Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Energy performance

GHG Emissions
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)25%
Annual (2021)-1%

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Cleveland Clinic's portfolio consists of more than 70 buildings and 18 million square feet. Cleveland Clinic has improved energy performance by 25% from a 2010 baseline, reaching their goal of 20% by 2020 and setting a new goal of 40% energy savings using the 2010 baseline. Cleveland Clinic has achieved energy savings by completing LED lighting retrofits across facilities, implementing air change setbacks in operating rooms, providing caregivers (including all new hires) with training on energy efficiency measures, and engaging caregivers in energy-saving behaviors. Some engagement efforts include supporting enterprise green teams and committees that champion sustainability initiatives at Cleveland Clinic facilities and in surrounding communities, conducting energy treasure hunts to find low-and no-cost energy savings opportunities at Cleveland Clinic facilities, and participating in Ecochallenge campaigns, during which caregivers commit to taking specific actions at work and at home for three to four weeks that benefit individual, community, and environmental health.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Not including properties that were recently aquired or new construction, Cleveland Clinic has achieved energy performance improvement in 33 properties, with more than 15% improvement in 27 properties. Additionally, 7 properties have experienced an increase in Source EUI. Many of these older properties have been targeted for energy audits and potential energy efficiency improvements.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. Cleveland Clinic's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are between 150 and 600 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2010. Properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.