The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is very proud to announce they have been awarded the ENERGY STAR Advocate of the Year – 2015 Award for work in promoting and facilitating the adoption of ENERGY STAR qualified products within Canada’s health services sector.
“We are thrilled that our work in improving energy management practices within Canada’s health sector, and our ongoing advocacy of ENERGY STAR and its benefits has been recognized by Natural Resources Canada through their ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards,” said Coalition Executive Director Linda Varangu. “Energy management is just one of many priorities we have adopted in our work as a national voice and catalyst for environmental change within the sector and we are very proud to say that our efforts have helped the ENERGY STAR brand become far more prevalent in health care across Canada.”
“Thanks to the unwavering commitment and hard work by the Coalition, and their promotion of ENERGY STAR as a recognized standard of energy performance, health care organisations across Canada are benefiting from improved facility infrastructure, lower energy costs and reduced ecological footprint. As President of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES), I am very pleased to hear that the Coalition, of which CHES is a founding member, is recipient of this important national energy management advocacy award,” stated CHES President Peter Whiteman.
“The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care’s leadership has helped energy and facility managers, and sustainability coordinators across Canada realize the value proposition behind ENERGY STAR certified products. The Coalition’s work helps the health care industry reduce operating costs which ultimately results in improved patient care environments,” said Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford. “Congratulations as our 2015 Advocate of the Year and on fifteen years of leading change and advocating for sustainable health care delivery.”
For 15 years, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has had a significant impact on greening Canada’s health care landscape with its many initiatives at the local, provincial and national levels. Better use of energy resources and raising energy conservation awareness are integral to the Coalition’s mission, which includes a strong commitment to environmentally-friendly and sustainable health care practices to compliment the delivery of compassionate care to all Canadians. ENERGY STAR is one of its primary energy management tools and a significant element in assisting organisations to be better prepared for energy-related climate change resiliency preparedness.
The Coalition’s main vehicle for promoting ENERGY STAR in Ontario has been its HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO) initiative. During 2014, the HELO Team helped Ontario health care organisations learn about the ENERGY STAR options available to them and to reduce their electrical consumption and divert scarce budget dollars back into the delivery of patient services and care.
Through walk-through audits and personalized opportunity assessment reports, HELO demonstrated the benefit of installing ENERGY STAR certified equipment, and how to secure the largest possible incentives from the Ontario Power Authority, now the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and natural gas providers; even going as far as assisting in the completion of incentive proposals.
As a result of the Coalition’s work and its HELO Team, thousands of ENERGY STAR certified products have been installed in care facilities and physical plant and energy managers have a far greater understanding of how beneficial ENERGY STAR is from energy use and financial perspectives to their institutions.
The Coalition also demonstrates its commitment through websites and newsletters, discussion papers and conference presentations, as well as energy management training workshops and webinars, including specific events designed to helping health care organisations meet their obligations under Ontario’s Green Energy Act and Ontario Regulation 397/11. (www.greenhealthcare.ca/helo)
This is the first ENERGY STAR Recognition Award for the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.