UW Health

UW Health

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison serving more than 600,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with 1,400 physicians and 16,500 staff at six hospitals and 80 outpatient sites. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill their patient care, research, education and community service missions.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health is the nation's only combined school of medicine and public health. Its 1,500 faculty engage in research, education and clinical care at UW Health's clinic locations, University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Health at the American Center, UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, other Madison hospitals and approximately 90 regional locations.

UW Health’s goal was to reduce energy use intensity, or EUI, 20% by 2023; they successfully achieved that goal in 2018. They have set a second goal for an additional 14% from their initial baseline. Progress toward this goal has begun in earnest and has included retro-commissioning several buildings, LED lighting upgrades, HVAC scheduling changes, temperature set-backs, HVAC occupancy sensors, high efficiency equipment, and demand reduction strategies. UW Health is committed to energy improvements that enhance both staff and patient comfort. UW Health has been a proud ENERGY STAR Partner since 2010. Their commitment also includes training several staff in the Building Operator Certification program.   

They have a very robust Sustainability Program that reaches across their entire system with a team of dedicated staff and stakeholders looking specifically at energy and water reduction strategies in existing and new buildings, and monitoring energy performance across their entire portfolio. They also have a physician champion leading initiatives to reduce energy and waste in their Operating Rooms. UW Health's highly engaged staff throughout the enterprise are the key to their success.

Challenge Commitment
4.7Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
Goal Achieved
Energy Goals
34%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
24%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)