Scottsdale Healthcare’s continuing investment in energy efficiency is paying off, with Arizona Public Service Co. recognizing the local nonprofit hospital system for reduced energy use.

An upgrade to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at the Scottsdale Healthcare Greenbaum Surgery Center last fall resulted in a significant reduction in energy needs and earned a $31,314 rebate from APS, said Dan Evans, facilities manager at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, where the surgery center is located.

The APS Solutions for Business Program offers rebates based on how much energy may be saved through energy efficient equipment as well as efficiency built into system design, according to Evans.

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital also has earned recognition for reducing energy use during peak periods. Scottsdale Healthcare is a longtime participant in this green initiative, said Trevor Swanson, hospital facilities manager.

Scottsdale Healthcare has several other ongoing sustainability programs including:

·         Early adoption of LED lights, which last longer and use less energy.
·         Printing reduction, saving more than 3 million pieces of paper.
·         Recycling of paper, plastic, cardboard, metal, medical sharps and computer parts.
·         On-site document shredding, with more than 290 tons of paper recycled in FY2012.
·         Using electric and/or alternative fuel vehicles.
·         Incentives for staff choosing transportation alternatives: free bus passes, employee van pools, carpool partner-finder program, inter-campus shuttle service, secure lockers for bicycles, compressed work weeks and guaranteed ride home program.

Valley Metro’s Clean Air Campaign named Roman Kludka, a coordinator in Scottsdale Healthcare’s Information Technology department, the 2013 Outstanding Bus Commuter for greater Phoenix. Kludka has logged more than 70,000 miles commuting by bus over 14 years. He’s also covered 14,000 miles walking, for a grand total of 84,000 miles.