Energy Efficiency

Improving Energy Efficiency, Reducing Environmental Impact

In partnership with the Ohio Hospital Association, COHC has established a collaborative of hospital facilities representatives that regularly meets to learn and implement best practices for improving the energy efficiency of their facilities. To learn more read the latest energy report here.

  • Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive facilities in the United States.
  • Hospitals have more than 2.5 times the energy intensity and carbon dioxide emissions of commercial office buildings.
  • Central Ohio Hospital Energy Collaborative: meeting quarterly to review and discuss each hospital’s Energy Star benchmarking scores, comparative peer data on energy use.
  • Individual Initiatives: Identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency, including large-scale retrofits of LED lighting and enhanced controls to optimize building performance.
  • The Central Ohio Hospital Energy Efficiency Collaborative has had a positive impact on lowering hospitals’ energy usage and reducing overall health care costs. Our hospitals are committed to continuing their efforts to collectively improve energy efficiency through the “10 by 25” initiative. Under this initiative the hospitals set a goal to reduce energy use 10% by 2025.
    The Collaborative was adopted in 2014 by the Central Ohio Hospital Council Board of Directors, comprised of the CEOs of the four Franklin County hospital systems. The Collaborative is facilitated by the Central Ohio Hospital Council and managed by the Ohio Hospital Association.

    • COHC Scorecard for 10×25:
      Goal Start: 1/1/2018;
      Current as of: 12/31/2023;
      Goal End: 12/31/2025;
      Time Completion: 75%;
      Goal Completion: 72%
  • To date, The Central Ohio Hospital Energy Efficiency Collaborative has seen an increase in energy savings resulting in a savings* of nearly $5.5 million.
  • The hospitals’ collective effort to lower energy usage since 2018 is the equivalent of:
    • 8,068 cars being taken off the road;
    • 599,461 tree seedlings grown for 10 years;
    • 70 new nurses hired for patient care;
    • 4,569 homes that can run on this saved energy for 1 year.