In 2015 Ohio hospitals saved enough energy to power 10,351 homes for a year.
OHA’s Energy & Sustainability program assists hospitals with energy procurement, advocacy, ENERGY STAR benchmarking, energy audits, pollution prevention and environmentally conscious sustainability programs.
In the five year period ending June 2016, hospitals participating in OHA’s ENERGY STAR benchmarking project saved enough money to hire 137 nurses, and reduced their carbon footprint equivalent to taking 22,168 cars off the road or the climate benefits of 2.7 million mature trees.
OHA has been active before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on behalf of hospitals since the 1990's, saving hospitals millions of dollars in rate cases and working to connect them with financial incentives offered by utilities and government for the completion of energy efficiency projects.
To participate in OHA’s free ENERGY STAR benchmarking program, hospitals should email OHA at email@example.com.
Energy Procurement Programs
OHA offers members natural gas and electric supply. The natural gas program, established in 1998, includes a free comparison of natural gas supply offers as well as market information. OHA’s electricity supply program began in 2011. OHA’s procurement program is overseen by OHA's Board of Trustees.
All revenue received by OHA for its energy supply programs remain in OHA’s Energy and Sustainability Program and support free hospital ENERGY STAR benchmarking, representation of hospital interests before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, free or discounted hospital engineering education, technical communications such as OHA’s weekly Energy Cup Update email newsletter and support for OHA’s affiliated Ohio Society for Health Care Facilities Management.
For more information about OHA’s energy procurement program, email OHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Ranks 2nd Nationally in ENERGY STAR Hospitals
ENERGY STAR Hospitals save an average of $3,000 per bed per year on energy costs. OHA offers participating hospitals access to the energy utilization database, enabling them to benchmark their energy efficiency and qualify for an ENERGY STAR rating.
Ohio ENERGY STAR hospitals:
Adena Greenfield Medical Center
Firelands Regional Medical Center - South Campus
Good Samaritan Hospital - Cincinnati
Mercy Medical Center
Miami Valley Hospital South
Ohio State University Hospital East
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
Summa St. Thomas Hospital
OHA’s Pollution Prevention University is a hands-on approach to evaluate waste systems. Participating hospitals learn how to identify cost saving opportunities for pollution prevention and waste minimization activities, review the requirements of the Joint Commission's Environment of Care Standards involving the safe management of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes, prepare pollution prevention plans and programs to increase compliance with state and federal laws, and conduct a thorough audit of a hospital waste stream.
Hospital waste assessments for pollution prevention:
Energy & Sustainability Resources
Ohio Society for Health Care Facilities Management
OSHFM was established as an affiliated society of OHA in 1983 to advance the development of hospital engineering, security and safety in Ohio. For more information, visit the OSHFM webpage.
Environmental Leadership Council
The governing board of the Ohio Hospital Association established more than 15 years ago a board committee named the Environmental Leadership Council. The mission of that Council is to lead Ohio hospitals toward the goals of environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, energy efficiency and pollution prevention, all of which will result in healthier hospital workforce and communities. The first chair of the Council was Melvin Creeley, then CEO of the East Liverpool City Hospital. In recognition of his service, the Council established annual Melvin Creeley awards for those hospitals demonstrating environmental leadership. In addition, the Council created the John Chapman Award, which is awarded annually to the hospital eligible for the Melvin Creeley award that has demonstrated the highest level of environmental leadership.
OHA Energy Cup — Battle of the Buildings
Ohio hospitals and health care buildings compete to reduce energy use each year in the Ohio Hospital Association Energy Cup. Competitors opt-in by submitting energy use information from the previous year, then race to reduce energy use and consumption as much as possible during the current year. For a list of the mid-year leaders, click here.
The goal is for every competitor to reduce consumption by 2 percent within the competition year. Competitors do so using any options or avenues that best fit their facility. There are multiple ways to win and various awards presented annually at the OHA Energy Cup recognition dinner.