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Pennsylvania EPA Awards Abington Memorial Hospital Funding for Green Projects
Date:2/5/2010

Hospital to install new cogeneration system

Abington, PA (Vocus) February 5, 2010 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection-Office of Energy and Technology Development has awarded two grants to Abington Memorial Hospital in support of its efforts to "Think Green.”

Three million dollars was awarded to Abington Memorial Hospital for a new cogeneration system to replace the hospital’s 45-year-old heating system. This new system will save over $2 million a year in energy costs, and significantly reduce air contaminants and water usage. It will generate 38 million kilowatt hours on-site, roughly 64 percent of the hospital’s electricity needs, while producing steam as a byproduct.

A $250,000 grant was awarded for the replacement of inefficient lighting technology with proven efficient long-lasting fluorescent tube technology in four parking garages at the hospital’s main campus. Calculated savings include a reduction in electricity usage of 53 percent with accompanying emissions at the same rate.

"As a non-profit, we do as much environmentally conscious work as we can with very little budgeted dollars,” says Meg McGoldrick, chief operating officer and member of the hospital’s "Green Team.” "These grants are a real shot in the arm for our green efforts.” McGoldrick said State Representative Josh Shapiro was a strong advocate for the hospital’s grant applications.

Shapiro says he is proud to have been able to help secure these grants to create 79 green jobs and reduce energy consumption and emissions in his district. "These grants will help boost our local economy and reduce the amount of air contaminants in our air and water sources, an
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