Environmental factors have far-reaching impacts on individual and community health. Land use, the built environment, energy production and use, and food and water systems all affect health.
As an organization dedicated to improving health, and as one of the region’s largest employers, Geisinger has long committed to:
- Understanding and helping address environmental impacts on health
- Reducing Geisinger’s environmental impacts by incorporating green building practices, systems and technology in its facilities
- Sponsoring initiatives to make it easier for the Geisinger family to conserve and recycle resources and achieve sustainability
- Developing resources and programs to promote healthy environments throughout our communities and region
In 2011, we established the Geisinger Sustainability Initiative to coordinate, improve and increase environmental stewardship programs across the system.
By going green, Geisinger has achieved significant savings that help reduce healthcare costs, hospital visits and the number of premature deaths associated with environmental impacts.
The co-generation plant on our Danville campus alone achieved annual energy savings of $2.2 million - while significantly decreasing pollutants and their health impacts.
Across Geisinger, energy conservation efforts save more than $15 million a year in lower electric, gas and water bills - as well as lower maintenance costs for energy technologies and systems.
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2017, 2016 Energy to Care Award: From the American Hospital Association’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering, for Geisinger Community Medical Center’s efforts to become more energy-efficient, and devoting saved resources to support patient care.
2017 Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters: Corporate Responsibility magazine recognized Geisinger for serving as a prime example of green construction.
2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: Recognizing the installation of solar panels on the roof of Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital as an efficient, non-polluting, sustainable energy source.
2015 Making Medicine Mercury Free Award: From Practice Greenhealth, recognizing efforts to eliminate mercury in all aspects of patient care and operations at Geisinger Medical Center.
2000 Businesses for the Bay Award for Large Business: Chesapeake Bay Foundation recognized Geisinger’s work to improve water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.