University of Maryland Medical Center


Challenge Commitment
2.5Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity10%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) campus consists of a 2 million sq ft urban academic medical center with 800 beds, a 309,000 sq ft underground parking garage, a 70,000 sq ft medical office building, and another 51,000 sq ft medical office building.  The medical center building has expanded seven times since the original building was built in 1937.  The most recent expansion was the 160,000 sq ft LEED Gold certified critical care tower expansion in 2012.

UMMC has over 30,000 patient admissions and 400,000 outpatient and Emergency Department visits annually.   UMMC’s commitment to improving the health of its patients and community has led to a number of sustainability initiatives involving energy efficiency. 

Since 2012, UMMC has improved energy efficiency through initiatives such as daylight harvesting sensors in public atriums, LED light upgrades in the parking garage, occupancy light sensor upgrades, variable frequency drive installations, air handler upgrades, and the addition of heat recovery chillers.  

UMMC’s strategy moving forward is to continue to make capital improvements to various mechanical systems, to incorporate the “Internet of Things” into the controls system, to optimize utility system operation, and to improve community engagement. Similar to our well-established regulated medical waste reduction program, the energy intensity reduction leadership group consists of a multidisciplinary team of clinical staff, facility engineers, and executive champions.

Learn more about UMMC’s sustainability initiatives at