Montefiore Medical Center

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Challenge Commitment
4.9Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity-1.3%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

Montefiore Health System is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a  population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of 10 hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 3,242 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 180 locations across the region. In line with its standard of innovations, Montefiore was the first hospital in NYC to install a cogeneration plant and has continued to develop innovative energy efficiency strategies for over 20 years. 

As a Better Building’s Challenge Partner, we are committed as an organization to reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2023. As part of New York City’s Greener Greater Buildings Plan, the Mayor’s Office created a Carbon Challenge for Hospitals through which participating institutions committed to a 30 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2018. Since Montefiore’s baseline year of 2007, we had effectively reduced our emissions by 24 percent through 2015. Plans to achieve the 30 percent reduction target include addressing inefficiencies in building design, lighting, mechanical systems and waste generation. Specifically, a recent installation of a new energy efficient industrial washer and will conserve electricity, gas and water. Montefiore is the only hospital in NYC to have in-house laundry service, with over 13 million lbs. of laundry in 2015.  

Part of Montefiore’s mission is to advance the health of the communities we serve, and here at Montefiore we feel that cannot be accomplished without addressing sustainability, environmental and community health, and their place within the healthcare setting. Montefiore’s facilities team is continually working to provide our patients and staff with an indoor environment that facilitates the healing process. This group of individuals truly understands the connection between a person’s thermal comfort and the ability to work and or heal.