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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


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

Ohio Ranks 1st Nationally in ENERGY STAR Hospitals

ENERGY STAR Hospitals save about 35 percent on energy costs as compared to typical hospitals. 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
  • Barnesville Hospital
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy Tiffin Hospital
  • Mercy Willard Hospital
  • Miami Valley Hospital South
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Summa St. Thomas Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Hospital East

P2 University

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:

For more information, contact Rick Sites.


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. 

More than 100 Ohio hospitals and health care buildings competing in the Ohio Hospital Association’s 2017 Energy Cup contest to reduce energy use and limit greenhouse gas emissions have reduced year-over-year energy consumption by 1.2 percent, almost twice the national average, in the first six months of the year.

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.

The total mid-year energy savings could power 236 roundtrips to the moon in a passenger vehicle and pay for the cost of hiring 48 nurses. Forty-five percent of the participating facilities have reduced energy consumption greater than the national average.


2017 Midyear OHA Energy Cup Results                                                                                              

Large Hospital Finalists

  • Mount Carmel East (Columbus) – 14.14 percent reduction
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann’s (Westerville) – 8.10 percent reduction
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth) – 7.34 percent reduction

Small Hospital Finalists

  • Barnesville Hospital – 12.76 percent reduction
  • Adams County Regional Medical Center – 11.18 percent reduction
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center – 8.18 percent reduction

Non-Hospital Finalists

  • ProMedica Physicians Internal Medicine - Woodley – 32.11 percent reduction
  • Nelsonville Health Center – 30.30 percent reduction
  • Lake Health Painesville Quick Care Center– 22.86 percent reduction
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