Utah Governor honors Intermountain with “Excellence in Energy” award

Intermountain Healthcare has been recognized by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the State Office of Energy Development for working to improve the environment and create a more sustainable future by reducing energy use in our facilities across Utah. The award was presented to Intermountain’s Energy Management Program, part of our Supply Chain Organization, which has helped us implement a wide range of efficiency, conservation, and sustainability initiatives.

Two key achievements helped us earn the award: 1) Our energy management program has helped us reduce energy costs by almost 10 percent since we started the program in 2008; and 2) we host an annual energy symposium to educate, share best practices, and bridge the gap between supplier innovations/technologies and hospitals in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.

Here are a few examples of what Intermountain is doing to promote environmental sustainability:

  • We recycle more and produce less trash. Intermountain now recycles 23 percent of our total waste stream. We’ve increased recycling from 1.5 million pounds in 2012 to 4.3 million pounds in 2013. We have an FDA-approved medical device reprocessing program that’s helped us reprocess 30,000 devices since 2009 and divert nearly 60,000 pounds of waste that otherwise would have gone to the landfill or been incinerated, saving $3 million.
  • We’re using less water. Our Central Laundry uses dramatically less water than other healthcare laundries. We use .52 gallons of water per pound of laundry, compared to an average 1.5 gallons a pound at similar laundries. Additionally, we saved 105,525 gallons at TOSH by adopting an alternative water treatment system.
  • We’re using less energy. From 2008 to 2012, our system-wide energy-saving efforts reduced our costs by $2.7 million a year—which represents about a 10 percent decrease in our total energy costs. In addition, we’ve installed occupancy sensors that turn off lights when rooms aren’t in use.
  • More of our employees are using public transportation. Intermountain employees travel an average of 482,337 miles per month on public transportation. We offer a van share program to give our people rides from Trax stations to work. We subsidize employee use of public transportation.
  • Our vehicle fleet is greener. The carbon footprint of our vehicle fleet decreased 20 percent from 2013 to 2014. We have 23 vehicles that run on natural gas. We purchased our first electric car this year. Also, we’ve installed auto shut-off devices on all Central Laundry trucks.
  • We’re installing solar panels to create our own energy. We installed 168 solar panels at our new Supply ​Chain Center, which produce approximately 58,369 kilowatt hours per year.​
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