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Focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and delivering the significant health benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation to the communities we serve.

Co-Chairs: Gary Gottlieb, MD, President + CEO, Partners HealthCare and Kate Walsh, President + CEO, Boston Medical Center

Major initiatives include:


L-R: Facility leaders from Tufts Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute,
Boston Children's Hospital, Partners Healthcare, Boston Medical Center,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Massachusetts General Hospital
discuss best practices in energy efficiency.
  • Leading Boston in understanding and responding to the many health benefits of climate action. For example, in November 2011, Boston Medical Center became the first institution from any sector to sign the new Renew Boston Pacesetter Pledge. With this pledge, BMC joins with Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a commitment to help meet the Boston Climate Action Plan’s energy goals of a 25% reduction by 2020. BMC will implement seven executive and institutional actions, including strategic goal-setting, MOU’s with utilities, and energy use reporting and tracking.
    Energy/GHG Metrics: All the major Boston area hospitals, encompassing over 65 buildings with 23 million square feet of owned space, have entered 2008 through 2012 energy and facility data into EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, completing a first-in-the-nation health care metro area energy and GHG assessment. For 2012, GRC-HC GHG emissions are down 5%, overcoming facility and service growth, and a historical 1.5%/year load growth pattern.
  • Strategic Energy Master Plans (SEMP): Based on work by Partner’s Health Care, participants created a uniform RFP for Simplified Strategic Energy Master Plans/Strategic MOUs. The document has been shared across all GRC sectors.
  • Leased Space: Based on Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s demand ventilation reduction program, participants created standard language for institutional Landlord-Tenant-Utility agreements to advance energy efficiency projects in leased space. The document has been shared across all GRC sectors.
  • Energy efficiency and Clean Energy policy input to state, utility and municipal policy makers and governmental departments.
  • Monthly working meetings of facility directors from all the hospitals typically advance:
    • Sharing of best practice case studies and strategies for energy efficiency
    • Energy efficiency and clean energy policy
    • Leverage alternative financing, incentives and ROI tools
    • Coordinated research on clinical equipment energy consumption, in preparation for asking the manufacturers, such as GE, Siemens, etc. to create more efficient equipment
    • Ensure energy/climate action is part of community health improvement programs
    • Promote & Implement renewable energy systems
  • Encourage the Adoption of Combined Health and Power (CHP) Systems - Massachusetts health care facilities are poised to become national leaders in CHP adoption. At least 13 Massachusetts facilities currently have CHP systems that provide sustainable energy solutions, reduce polluting emissions, and save a significant money over the life of the system. With the publishing of its report, POWERING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE-Financial & Operational Resilience: A CHP Guide for Massachusetts Hospital Decision Makers, The Boston Green Ribbon Commission will continue to recommend best practice to hospitals in adopting this technology.

Supporting organizations include:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Carney Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Children’s Hospital Boston
Covenant Health Systems
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Faulkner Hospital
Heywood Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
MetroWest Medical Center
Newton Wellesley Hospital
North Shore Medical Center
Partners Health Care System
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Steward Health Care System
Tufts Medical Center

Health Care's GRC effort is coordinated by Health Care Without Harm-Boston, which works with health care providers to create 21st century health care delivery facilities, systems and process: resilient and regenerative buildings with sustainable practices that embed environmental health concerns.