MI Residential Community Earns Energy Star Certification
LAWRENCE (MA) – December 5, 2017 – Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services Independent Living Residential Community has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance. This is the 3rd year that Mary Immaculate’s Residential Community, Building II has earned the ENERGY STAR certification; and the 2nd year that its Residential Community, Building III has earned the certification, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings.
“Mary Immaculate Health / Care Services continues to demonstrate true environmental leadership by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are proven to contribute to climate change,” stated Jean Lupinacci, ENERGY STAR Director for Commercial & Industrial Buildings. “Today, 45 percent of U.S. emissions are attributable to commercial and industrial buildings, which is why improving energy efficiency is so critical for our future.”
ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.
“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at our Independent Living Residential Community and appreciate staff and residents who are proactively implementing energy saving practices,” said Jeanne Leydon, President and CEO of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. “Saving energy direcly contributes to our efficient operation and is just one of the ways we show the community we care. We’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”
Leydon credits this success to a number of energy efficiency measures implemented throughout the Independent Living Residential Community. She also acknowledges the the help of local utility partners Columbia Gas and National Grid in achieving this certification. Efforts included:
- Installing eco-friendly air conditioners in all apartments
- Phasing-in energy star rated appliances
- Incorporating a Building Management System (BMS) to automate the site’s exterior lights, heating and cooling systems
- Upgrading apartment and common area windows
- Distributing smart power strips, LED bulbs, and LED night lights to all 300 apartments
- Installing LED motion-sensor light fixtures and programmable thermostats throughout all common areas
On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.
For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit www.energystar.gov/buildings
Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services is one of the largest senior care providers in the Commonwealth, and has long enjoyed a reputation in the Merrimack Valley as a quality provider of healthcare and housing services to older adults. What distinguishes Mary Immaculate today is its continuum of care designed to meet the broad life-support needs of elders. The expanded mission of this organization includes nursing center care, short term rehabilitation services, independent and supportive housing, adult day health, and assisted living and chair car transportation services. Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services is a member of Covenant Health and is accredited by CARF International (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International). For more information about Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services, visit www.mihcs.com or call 978-685-6321.