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Sustainability Drives Facility’s Future

By Cathryn Jakicic Energy Efficiency
Doctors and nurses walking in hospital hallway, blurred motion.

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio, has adopted a new five-year sustainability plan, according to The Athens News. The plan has a range of social, environmental and economic goals divided into eight categories.

They include energy reduction and renewables, water use and protection, waste reduction and recycling, healthy living and foods, local and sustainable purchasing, green building, greenhouse gas emissions, and communication & education.

The plans include upgrading to energy-saving windows, creating a bike check-out system, promoting carpooling, and installing at least two electric vehicle chargers on the hospital property, according to a copy of the plan distributed at the event.

In all, the plan has 27 objectives and 140 action steps need to accomplish the objectives. Thirty-seven of the tasks are designated to energy reduction and renewables goals.

This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, FacilitiesNet. For more about hospital campuses and other medical facilities, visit


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