Focus: Energy Efficiency

Curtailing facility water usage can aid sustainability efforts

December 21, 2017

Institutional and commercial facilities take many different paths to sustainability, according to an article on the FacilitiesNet website.

Some opt for a narrow focus that delivers quick results in one specific area, while others broaden the scope a bit by identifying several related targets, then setting goals and delivering benefits in those areas.

Then there is Florida Blue. The Jacksonville-based health insurance provider — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida — put its corporate social responsibility pledge into practice five years ago by setting ambitious goals to reduce water and energy use and increase recycling.

The results? “We have reduced our electricity usage by 15 percent, reduced our water usage by 21 percent, and diverted 80 percent of our waste to recycling plants,” says Russell Peacock, Florida Blue’s senior director of facility operations.

The organization’s efforts to curtail water use in its plumbing, HVAC and irrigation systems offers insights into the process of turning sustainability goals into bottom-line benefits.

Read the article.


See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Energy and Power

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Healthcare facilities investing in infrastructure

Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla., plans a $650-million expansion



Be smart about the surfaces in healthcare

Smooth surfaces restrict cracks and crevices and help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria through cross contamination


Inova Health System following trend to inpatient behavioral health

Inova Fairfax Hospital to open new inpatient behavioral health unit


Focus: Cybersecurity

Tackling healthcare cybersecurity challenges

Many chief information security officers aren’t even close to having the tools they need to deal with cyberattacks


Designing to bring primary, behavioral care together

Healthcare organizations around the country are beginning to integrate behavioral health and primary care services in a single setting, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Post Comment


• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies

All fields are required.