Presbyterian Hospital One of Three Hospitals in the Country to Earn ENERGY STAR Award
News Release: June 22, 2009
PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL ONE OF ONLY THREE HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY TO EARN ENERGY STAR AWARD
Mayor Chavez Helps Recognize Presbyterian Hospital's Energy Efficiency
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez was on hand to help award Presbyterian Hospital the prestigious 2009 ENERGY STAR from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at an event this morning. Presbyterian Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the country to receive this award for 2009 and is one of only 13 buildings to ever be designated as an ENERGY STAR recipient in the state of New Mexico.
ENERGY STAR recipients are recognized for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection and are rated in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide for building energy performance.
"It would certainly be an accomplishment to build a new building and equip it with the latest technology to earn an Energy Star," said Jim Hinton, Presbyterian president and CEO. "I would suggest that it is an even greater challenge to take a hospital that has parts that date back to 1930 and has seen multiple additions over the decades, and modernize it to Energy Star standards. It takes a team of engineers working every day for this effort, and I want to recognize their hard work."
The staff of Presbyterian Hospital's Energy Center provided Mayor Chavez a tour of its energy facility and described some of its energy advances. These include retrofitting to new, low-energy lighting, increasing efficiency of our large air handlers, chillers and boilers, building systems to store chilled water during off-peak hours for use during peak hours, and installing sensors to turn off lights when they are not in use.