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 is to reduce our energy use intensity, or EUI, 20% by 2023. 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. Our commitment also includes training several staff in the Building Operator Certification program.   

We have a very robust Sustainability Program that reaches across our 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 our entire portfolio. We also have a physician champion leading initiatives to reduce energy and waste in our Operating Rooms. Our highly engaged staff throughout our enterprise are the key to our success.

Challenge Commitment
4.7Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
Goal Achieved25%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
Energy Goals
34%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
24%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
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