Geisinger has committed to ensuring that all new facilities are LEED certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED certification requires that a facility accrue points points across several sustainability criteria.
Geisinger’s first LEED facility, the Henry Hood Center for Health Research, received silver certification in 2007. Geisinger Gray’s Woods was the first healthcare facility in the state – and the seventh nationwide – to earn LEED gold designation.
As of 2017, Geisinger holds one gold certified, five silver certified, and five certified facilities. An additional four facilities are in the process of becoming certified, with another two developed using the LEED protocol (but lacking certification).
Sustainable building products
Geisinger emphasizes using renewable materials in buildings, such as rubber, linoleum and bamboo instead of carpeting or vinyl tile.
Teaching an older hospital new environmental tricks
Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) received the 2016 and 2017 Energy to Care Award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association. Thanks to improvements including new lighting and HVAC controls and upgrading equipment with more energy-efficient models, the hospital trimmed its energy consumption by more than 10 percent. GCMC was one of 30 hospitals nationwide to receive the award, and one of just two hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Building green facilities is not just good for the environment and patient health – it also helps drive down healthcare costs by reducing building operating costs and improving staff productivity.
Solar energy for a cleaner future
Geisinger used a $100,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, along with Geisinger Foundation “green fund” dollars, to install 144 solar panels on the roof of Janet Weis Children's Hospital.
The panels produce non-polluting energy (supplying about 20 percent of the hospital’s peak energy load), helping shrink Geisinger’s carbon footprint, and reducing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions.
By choosing the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger reinforced the importance of environmental stewardship in shaping a better future for our children. In 2016, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence recognized the project for using innovation, collaboration, and public service to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s environment.