Ohio Hospital Association Earns 2022 Energy Star® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award

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COLUMBUS, OH (43215) - Ohio Hospital Association is proud to announce that it has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

“We appreciate receiving this important recognition and are grateful to our team, partners and member hospitals for their commitment to energy and sustainability,” said Kevin Zacharyasz, director, OHA Energy & Sustainability Program. “Without our members supporting these programs and endeavors in the energy and sustainability realm, OHA would not be able to continue the year-over-year success that we have been able to demonstrate.”  OHA was recognized with the same honor in 2021, in addition to being selected for the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery in 2016, 2019 and 2020. 

In 2021, participating OHA member hospitals achieved $7.7 million in utility cost savings from OHA Energy Program Benchmarking, energy efficiency support and technical assistance – all while managing a pandemic. Ohio is leader nationally with 20 ENERGY STAR Certified Hospitals. OHA was recognized with the same honor in 2021 for hospitals’ 2020 savings, in addition to being selected for the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery in 2016, 2019 and 2020. OHA’s nationally recognized Energy & Sustainability Program supports Ohio hospitals’ commitment to optimize operating costs and become more environmentally sustainable. Hospitals are incredibly energy intensive, with inpatient health care ranked by U.S. EPA as the second largest commercial energy user in the United States. Health care facilities consume close to 10% of the total energy used in U.S. commercial buildings and spend more than $8 billion on energy every year.  

“We know it’s going to take all of us working together to tackle the climate crisis, and the 2022 ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are demonstrating what it takes to build a more sustainable future,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “These companies are showing once again that taking action in support of a clean energy economy can be good not only for the environment, but also for business and customers.”

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health. Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

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. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at www.energystar.gov/impacts and state-level information can be found at www.energystar.gov/statefacts