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Cornwall Community Hospital Going Green

Hospitals require significant resources including energy, water, and materials in order to operate effectively. Finding ways to efficiently use these resources helps hospitals to keep operating costs low and divert financial resources to patient care. Cornwall Community Hospital is committed to finding practices, processes and technologies that are innovative, efficient and sustainable over the long-term. As part of its commitment Cornwall Community Hospital established a Green Team in 2008 and began to look at ways it could become more sustainable in how it uses its resources.

Green Team members are: 
Lisette Laperle, Housekeeping; Ruth MacDonald, Housekeeping; Alan Greig, Administration; Sandra Elsey, Human Resources; Rhonda Obiero, Dietary; Violette Hemmerick, Administrative Support and representative for Second Street Site

The green team’s purpose is to develop plans and strategies on Green HealthCare initiatives to enable the Hospital to reduce its carbon footprint.

For more information on these and future activities please contact Alan Greig @ 1.613.938.4240 extension 2280.

The following are examples of Cornwall Community Hospital’s efforts to become more sustainable:

Hospitals consume large amounts of energy because of how they are run and the many people that use them. They are open 24 hours a day; hundreds of employees, patients, and visitors occupy the buildings daily; and sophisticated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems control the temperatures and air flow. In addition, many energy intensive activities occur in these buildings: laundry, medical and lab equipment use, sterilization, computer and server use, food service, and refrigeration.

Beginning in 2013, all hospitals In Ontario are required to report on their energy consumption. They are also required to develop an energy conservation management plan to identify and commit to reducing energy use in their facilities by July 1, 2014. As part of these requirements all hospitals must post their energy consumption data on their website for the public to view. Here is the latest report on CCH's energy consumption as well as our strategic five-year energy conservation plan.  

The following table represents the 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for CCH. In 2011, CCH generated 3,446 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (see figure 1). In 2012, CCH generated 3,598 tonnes, a 4% increase from 2011 (Figure 2).

Figure 1: CCH Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data 

Building NameOperation TypeAddressTotal Area (sq.ft.)Electricity (KWh) Natural Gas (m3) District Heating Giga-Joule  GHG Emissions (Kg) 
The TowerHospital Purposes840 McConnell 95,677 1,940,631.183 133,082.3 7,657.62 862,617.94
The TowerAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell 79,9871,622,388.52 111,258.23 5,761.56683,049.78
JMPHospital Purposes840 McConnell70,000 1,419,820 97,366.77 5,602.53 631,115.69 
JMPAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell2,582 52,371.097 3,581.44 206.93 23,295.69 
The AnnexAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell12,000 243,397.83 16,691.44 51,029.12 
The Steam PlantAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell6,000121,698.91 8,345.72 25,514.56 
Main Hospital Purposes510 2nd Street 110,7612,246,582.25 154,063.45 5,318.93 787,569.86 
MainAdmin & other facilities510 2nd Street 53,7061,089,326.98 74,702.57 2,579.05 381,878.34 
The Steam PlantAdmin & other facilities510 2nd Street 3,975 80,625.53 5,529.04 16,903.39 

Figure 2: CCH 2012 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data  

Building Name Operation Type Address Total Area (sq.ft.) Electricity (KWh)
Natural Gas (m3)
District Heating Giga-Joule
GHG Emissions (Kg)
The Tower Hospital Purposes 840 McConnell 95,6772,300,523 113,229.5 7,720.93 892,854.93 
The Tower Admin & other facilities 840 McConnell 79,9871,923,262 94,661.07 5,809.19 708,154.32 
JMPAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell70,000 1,683,127 82,841.9 5,648.85 653,237.87 
JMPHospital Purposes840 McConnell2,582 62,083.35 3055.683 208.36 24,095.14 
The AnnexAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell12,000 288,536.1 14,201.47 54,560.68 
The Steam PlantAdmin & other facilities840 McConnell6,000 144,268 7,100.734 27,280.33 
MainHospital Purposes510 2nd Street110,761 2,663,212 131,080.7 5,362.9 821,610.76 
MainAdmin & other facilities510 2nd Street53,706 1,291,343 63,558.67 2,600.37 398,384.15 
The Steam PlantAdmin & other facilities510 2nd Street3,975 95,577.59 4,704.236 18,073.22 




Energy management ensures that energy use and costs are as low as possible while maintaining high standards of comfort, service and productivity. The various benefits associated with improving energy management include the following:                                                                                                                          

  • improved comfort
  • reduced operating and maintenance costs
  • reduced system and equipment failures
  • improved building value improved productivity of equipment and staff
  • increased building and equipment life reduced energy consumption
  • improved environmental performance

Cornwall Community Hospital has submitted a 5 Year Energy Management Plan to the province in 2014. Click here to download and view the plan.

The hospital recently conducted a kitchen waste audit and discovered it was putting between 150 and 250 lbs. of food waste in the garbage each day. That translates into spending approximately $6,000 a year on transporting food waste to the dump. Cornwall Community Hospital decided to install food-composting machines in 2012. The food cycler gets rid of 90 per cent of the waste and the remaining 10 per cent is used as fertilizer. Using it, the hospital keeps at least 40 metric tonnes of food waste out of local landfills, which is good for the environment. Once the initial cost of the machine has been paid, the Hospital will be saving money and the environment. This is a “win”, “win” initiative that shows how innovative thinking can deal with reducing common operating costs that hospitals face.

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