New York Hospital Queens has been an Energy Star healthcare partner since 2008. Our staff utilizes Energy Star resources to:
NYHQ is exploring on-site cogeneration, or Combined Heat & Power (CHP), and is moving forward to evaluate the economic feasibility of such a project at our main campus through a competitive RFP process and utilizing grant funding via the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
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Combined Heat & Power, also known as cogeneration, is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. By installing a CHP system designed to meet the thermal and electrical base loads of a facility, the hospital can greatly increase operations efficiency and decrease energy costs. At the same time, CHP reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, which is a contributing factor to global climate change.
The EPA's CHP partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of clean, on-site power production. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects.
A partnership program sponsored by the EPA,makes it easy to save water and protect the environment. NYHQ has pledged to purchase products bearing the WaterSense label and to build more effective controls over costs and use of water and waste water.
In December 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg challenged New Yorkers to generate ideas for achieving 10 key goals for the city's sustainable future.
The result is the most sweeping plan to enhance New York's urban environment in the city's modern history. Focusing on five key dimensions of the city's environment - land, air, water, energy, and transportation - New York had set the goal of reducing its citywide carbon emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030.
In 2009, the Mayor's office issued a challenge to New York area hospitals to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over ten years as opposed to the previous stated goal of 2030. NYHQ is one of 13 nonprofit hospitals that had accepted this challenge.
NYHQ accomplishments in the program include:
The University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab is leading a research effort directed at higher performing hospital buildings with respect to energy performance and environmental quality. The name, Targeting 100!, comes from the 2030 Challenge energy reduction goal for hospitals; a 60% energy use reduction from typical acute care hospital targets approximately 100 KBtu/SF Year, thus the name “Targeting 100!”. NYHQ's facilities management staff participated in a peer review session with the Integrated Design Lab as well as other leaders in healthcare design, construction, and operations in the Spring of 2012.