According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Gundersen Health System is one of “50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America.”
Becker’s recently published 2015 list features hospitals that are leading the industry in sustainable innovation, ecofriendly design and green improvements. These hospitals have won awards and earned prestige for their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint.
Becker’s review team conducted research and analyzed sustainability information from sources such as Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
In 2008, Gundersen began making efforts toward improving efficiency and developing regional partnerships to produce renewable energy. By 2014, Gundersen became the first hospital system in the nation to achieve energy independence by producing more energy than it consumed in fossil fuels. Gundersen has multiple LEED-certified facilities, as well as construction recycling and reuse rates of more than 93 percent. Gundersen is a Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award honoree and a member of Practice Greenhealth’s Circles of Excellence for leadership, waste reduction, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission tracking.
Find out more about Gundersen’s energy program, Envision.