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St. Anthony's Hospital Is First to Earn EPA'S ENERGY STAR(R) Symbol for Superior Energy Efficiency
Date:9/1/2009

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Anthony's Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. St. Anthony's is the first hospital in Florida and one of only 86 hospitals in the nation to achieve this recognition. Buildings that receive the EPA's ENERGY STAR designation reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficient specifications set by the government.

"St. Anthony's is committed to improving its energy performance while maintaining comfort for patients and visitors," said Ronald Colaguori, vice president of Operations for St. Anthony's Hospital. "Ultimately, everyone benefits from earning the ENERGY STAR label because the investments we've made in reducing our environmental footprint also will lower our operating costs."

Commercial buildings that earn the EPA's ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. St. Anthony's Hospital improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to the building. The EPA's national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. St. Anthony's earned the EPA's ranking of 87 out of 100 -- placing it among the top 25 percent of energy efficient facilities in the country.

Since 2005, the hospital has conserved electricity by 1.5 million kilowatts, decreased natural gas use by 36 percent, and reduced water consumption by 4.7 million gallons. Ongoing maintenance focuses on efficient operation, including monitoring the performance of heating, ventilat
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