Ecosystem is proud to announce that one of its clients, Lakeridge Health, has received the Green Hospital of the Year Award. Lakeridge Health’s energy efficiency project was named first of the five finalists in their category during the Green Health Care Awards. This event, sponsored by the Ontario Hospital Association, recognizes leadership and excellence in reducing health care’s environmental impact.
The energy efficiency project currently underway at Lakeridge Health targets four hospital sites and is expected to generate annual savings of over $1.3 million. The project includes the installation of solar photovoltaic panels, LED lighting of an outdoor multi-level parking structure and the conversion of several steam heating systems to hot water. A 1.6 MW cogeneration unit is also planned for the Oshawa site.
The savings achieved by Lakeridge Health have substantial benefits for the Ontario health care system and taxpayers. They enable the funding of essential systems upgrades without dipping into maintenance budgets, while improving facility reliability and occupant comfort. The energy efficiency project also lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Lakeridge Health has partnered with Ecosystem to take advantage of the deep energy retrofits that the firm designs and implements. Ecosystem’s retrofits are paid for by the savings they generate and are carried out by a multidisciplinary team of energy services professionals that integrate client stakeholders into every phase of the project: design, implementation, commissioning and performance monitoring. Ecosystem is compensated based on the money it saves, not spends, an approach which fosters innovation and maximizes project performance. In total, Ecosystem has guaranteed $2.6 million in incentives for Lakeridge Health’s projects.
In the photo, from left to right: Lucas Kruitwagen, Account Executive at Ecosystem; Darrell Sewell, Vice President of Human Resources & Hospitality Services at Lakeridge Health; Kevin Empey, President & CEO at Lakeridge Health; Lisa Shiozaki, Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive at Lakeridge Health; Peter Clancy, Director of Occupational Health & Safety at Lakeridge Health; Guillaume Lavallée, Project Director at Ecosystem.
Another Ecosystem achievement was also qualified in the Green Health Care Awards among the five finalists in the “Energy Efficiency” category. The energy efficiency project implemented at Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) is a whole-building retrofit program that reduces energy bill by 44%.