Intermountain Healthcare Receives Utah's "Excellence in Energy" Award

By Peggy Lee

Intermountain receives Utah’s “Excellence in Energy” award for working to improve the environment and create a more sustainable future.

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Intermountain Healthcare has been recognized by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the State Office of Energy Development for 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. Our energy management program has helped us reduce energy costs by almost 10 percent since we started the program in 2008

Here’s more of what Intermountain is doing to help us be more sustainable:

We’re Installing Solar Panels To Create Our Own Energy

  • We have installed 168 solar panels at our Supply Chain Center to help us evaluate the potential efficacy for installation at other facilities. Watch this short video to learn more about the panels and other steps Intermountain has taken to reduce our footprint.

We Recycle More And Produce Less Trash

  • Intermountain now recycles 23 percent of our total waste stream.
  • We increased recycling from 1.5 million pounds in 2012 to 4.3 million pounds in 2013.

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 of 1.5 gallons a pound at similar laundries.
  • We saved 105,525 gallons at TOSH by adopting an alternative water treatment system.

We’re Using Less Energy

  • Since 2009, the average “Energy Star” rating for Intermountain facilities has increased by 20 points.
  • We’ve installed occupancy sensors that turn off lights when rooms aren’t in use.
  • We reduced natural gas usage by 25 to 30 percent at LDS Hospital by upgrading their steam plant.

More Of Our Employees Are Using Public Transportation

  • Intermountain employees travel an average of 482,337 miles per month on public transportation, up 20% from 2013.

 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 and one electric car.

These efforts demonstrate Intermountain’s commitment to fulfilling our Community Stewardship mission, save costs, and help the environment. How does your family conserve energy during the summer?