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Ingalls Health System Achieves Green Energy Savings, Reduces Carbon Footprint

Business Wire

Ingalls Health System has taken a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, achieving an estimated 3,433-ton reduction of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas, from the purchase of 5 percent of its electricity from renewable, or “green,” energy sources. Ingalls also realized an $840,000 savings on its purchase of renewable electricity and natural gas.

The Chicago-based Ingalls achieved these savings as part of the Premier healthcare alliance’s SPHERE collaborative, which focuses on reducing the healthcare industry’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Healthcare ranks as the country’s second most energy intensive industry, spending more than $6.5 billion each year while experiencing double-digit cost increases. According to the EPA, 30 percent – or $1.95 billion – of the healthcare industry’s energy usage could be reduced without sacrificing quality of care through the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar, hydroelectric and wind power.

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