DEEP: Skilled Nursing Homes

Skilled Nursing Facilities
 
 
 
 
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Nursing homes, like hospitals and other healthcare facilities, have a range of environmental impacts and issues that all contribute to harmful emissions and pollution. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have:
  • intensive energy, lighting, heating and cooling needs,
  • generate large quantities of waste and recyclable materials including: trash; food and other organics; biomedical; universal; pharmaceutical; and hazardous wastes.
  • regularly undergo renovation, newly constructed additions, and upgrades that involve a wide range of interior and exterior building materials and furnishings,
  • deal with toxics from cleaning chemicals, and
  • may also have mercury containing equipment such as blood pressure cuffs
CT DEEP is committed to providing assistance to nursing facilities to minimize waste, reduce energy usage, conserve resources, improve indoor air quality and lower emissions. 
 
  
Smart Energy Upgrades, Healthy Savings
The cost of investing in upgrades may seem out of reach, or just not in your capital budget.  But, many facilities are finding ways to reduce energy use with low or no upfront costs through innovative programs from the CT Energy Efficiency Fund and the CT Green Bank.
 
Energy-efficient lighting, HVAC equipment, chillers, water heating, refrigeration controls, kitchen equipment, or renewable energy like solar power are examples of upgrades supported by Connecticut’s nationally recognized clean energy programs.  You can benefit from cash incentives, process improvement programs, or overall project financing support.  And, in many cases your investment costs will be fully covered by your monthly savings, so you’ll benefit from immediate improvements to cash flow. 
  • Find out how your facility can invest in smart upgrades and get healthy savings by visiting EnergizeCT healthcare page.
  • Learn how to benchmark your facility to see how energy efficient it is and compare it with other similar facilities in US EPA's Energy Star Buildings program. Portfolio Manager is a free online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
Resources:
 
 
  
Reducing Waste, Increasing Recycling = $ Savings
 
 
Workshop Presentations: 
 
Business Sustainability Roundtable Meeting for Skilled Nursing Facilities Presentations from 3/29/17:
 
Presentation for CT Association of Health Care Facilities, February 2016 quarterly meeting:
Why Skilled Nursing Facilities Should Care About Energy Use, Mary Sherwin & Connie Mendolia, CT DEEP
  
April 29, 2015 workshop at Leading Age:
 
Contact connie.mendolia@ct.gov or mary.sherwin@ct.gov for additional information.

Content Last Updated August 2017