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Regional Health wins ENERGY STAR certification

May 15, 2018 09:56PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis
Regional Health Rapid City Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification, honoring the hospital as a leader in energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Buildings that earn the EPA's ENERGY STAR use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.

Regional Health has taken a number of steps to reduce its impact on the environment. Hospital lighting was upgraded to efficient LED power. Occupancy sensors were installed to automatically turn off lights when rooms are empty. The hospital also reduced water consumption and undertook other measures to save energy and preserve resources.

“We took these measures because we want to be good stewards of the planet, but the ENERGY STAR certification is a very nice recognition of our efforts,” said Wes Paxton, Regional Health Vice President of Facilities Management.

ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills —while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.