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2012-03-15 / Community News

St. Mark’s Medical Center Wins the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange has been named the winner of hospital category in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition, “Battle of the Buildings,” which helps improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings that account for nearly 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the United States. According to ENERGY STAR measurements, St. Mark’s reduced its source energy consumption by 22.7 percent during the competition period. The total site energy use was reduced by 34 percent in the first full year after implementation.

“We are excited that we were able to go above and beyond our goals in increasing our energy efficiency,” said Nathan Staggs, chief executive officer, St. Mark’s Medical Center. “I am proud of my team and I know we will continue to strive to improve our energy conservation every day.”

The 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition included 245 teams in 33 states and the District of Columbia, representing 26 different types of commercial buildings including retail stores, schools, offices, hotels, museums and healthcare facilities.

St. Mark’s has recently been announced an ENERGY STAR hospital. This is a rare honor for Texas hospitals; currently there is only one other hospital in the state with this 2012 designation and just seven total in 2011. As of the December 2011 savings period, St. Mark’s has saved a 29 percent cost reduction and 34 percent reduction in energy consumption.

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