San Francisco, CA - April 21, 2011 - Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the nation's eighth largest health system, has been a leader in environmental advocacy since its founding in 1986. With a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, the organization has been issuing detailed sustainability reports since 1997. On the eve of 2011 Earth Day celebrations, CHW has announced the following goals for its sustainability program:
2020 Energy Goals:
By the end of the year 2020, CHW will achieve the following energy benchmarks:
The organization will achieve these results through a combination of investments in energy efficient equipment, as well as increasing the use of power produced from renewable sources such as photovoltaic, solar hot water, cogeneration, and fuel cell technology.
In 2010, CHW continued to make significant strides in environmental stewardship, including (but not limited to): 162,000 lbs of medical equipment diverted from landfills, resulting in overall savings of $5.4 million; 7.2% reduction of energy intensity over FY09, bringing three-year reduction to 13.2%; 45,000 electronic devices diverted from landfills, or the equivalent of saving enough electricity to power 6,343 houses for a year, removing 812 cars from the road, and preventing 2,881 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
2011 Ecology Goals:
CHW will continue to set broad goals for the 2011 fiscal year, and has committed to
Publish date:Thursday, April 21, 2011