For Release: October 20, 2017
Rochester, NY- Rochester Regional Health announced that by 2025, all electricity used by the system will be from renewable sources. This goal is the most ambitious sustainability commitment shared publicly by any health system in New York State, and is matched or exceeded by only a handful of other health systems in the nation.*
Rochester Regional activated its first set of on-site solar panel generators at their Riedman Campus this month—an early step in a long-term electricity plan.
“Sourcing carbon-free and renewable energy is in line with our mission to support a healthier community,” Dr. Eric Bieber, president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health, remarked. “These investments also allow us to lock in electrical costs at a reduced rate so they pay for themselves within four years, in some cases, within two.”
The path to 100 percent renewable electricity will take a three-pronged approach over the next several years:
- Reduce electricity use: through equipment updates, facility modernization and routine facility maintenance, such as replacing old lighting with LED.
- Increase our on and off-site generation of renewable energy: through initiatives such as the solar panels at the Riedman Campus and securing other future electricity-producing resources.
- Committing to only purchasing renewable electricity for remaining needs: when the health system does need to purchase additional electricity, it will be acquired from renewable sources.
“We have to be good stewards of the environment that’s our home and home to the people we serve. Furthermore, we’re living in a time when the technology allows these investments to be smart business decisions that pay for themselves,” Bieber said. “No matter how you look at it, it’s the right thing to do.”
*Practice Greenhealth, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting health care sustainability, knows of only a handful of health care organizations in the United States who have shared this kind of sustainability commitment.
Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer.