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
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
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.