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CleanMed is over – what’s next?

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In May, we met with remarkable healthcare leaders from across the country, who are actively creating tangible changes for a cleaner healthcare future.

Achievements made in energy efficiency and sustainability in hospitals are for the benefit of patients, staff, and community. But what is next?

Electricity generation is the largest emitter of harmful carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for 29% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The healthcare industry contributes 10% of U.S. GHG emissions.

Ranking the U.S. healthcare industry as a nation would place it as the 13th largest GHG emitter in the world.

A big reason CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR) got actively involved with Healthcare Without Harm and Practice GreenHealth a few years ago, was our belief that on- and offsite renewables energy solutions would emerge as an important go-to solution on healthcare institutions’ priority list. With renewable energy, you can create cleaner air for your community – and the world – to breathe.

Recently, Boston Medical Center partnered with MIT and Post Office Square to purchase the equivalent of 100 percent of BMC’s projected electric consumption, making BMC the greenest hospital in Boston and on pace to become the first carbon-neutral hospital in New England upon completion of their campus redesign.

“This is the right thing to do for the quality of life and health of our patients and our planet,” said Robert Biggio, vice president of facilities and support services at BMC.

With an implicit obligation to public health, hospitals and healthcare can make step-change reductions in emissions with on- and offsite renewable energy solutions. As an experienced and trusted advisor who supports clients in a tailored end-to-end way, CFR can help you think strategically about your options, procure the most competitive and economically attractive projects, and provide support over the contract life to maximize the value of solutions for your organization.


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