Springfield Hospital received a nod of approval from the federal government earlier this week. This coming after it was announced that the facility had earned its Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA created Energy Star in 1992, awarding buildings that perform in the top 25-percent nationwide in energy efficiency and meet strict performance guidelines.
Springfield Hospital director of engineering Mark Blanchard said in a press release that the hospital has always been very conscientious about energy consumption, and that the achievement demonstrates a commitment over several years to environmental stewardship.
Buildings with Energy Star certification use an average of 35-percent less energy than typical buildings, and release 35-percent less carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.