Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 2, 2019

Advocate Aurora sets 2030 goal for 100% RE

Advocate Aurora Health announced a goal to power its facilities with 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The health system currently operates more than 500 sites, including 27 hospitals, in Illinois and Wisconsin.

In a report by the Journal-Times, Bill Santulli, CEO of Advocate Aurora Health, said, “Clean power produces clean air, and clean air helps save lives. This commitment builds upon our strong track record of leadership in sustainability and environmental stewardship.”

A combination of on-site, off-site, and purchased renewable electricity will be used to meet the goal. Energy efficiency efforts will also be employed to lower overall demand. Moving forward, the health system will evaluate the financial feasibility of adding on-site renewable energy to all major construction and renovation projects over the next decade.  

Advocate Aurora Health said it is the first health system in Illinois to make a public goal of converting its facilities fully to renewable electricity.  “As the 10th largest not-for-profit integrated health system in the country, it’s imperative that we help lead the way toward a healthy environment that can support healthy people. Transitioning to clean energy reduces air pollution that is responsible for many chronic health conditions and mitigates the health impacts of climate change,” said Mary Larsen, director of environmental affairs and sustainability. “Accelerating our work to make good on this pledge is just another way we will support the health and wellness of the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.”

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