by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
10/17/2012 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The
375th Medical Group is leading the way in this year's Air Force energy
conservation efforts by reducing energy use in the clinic at Scott. The
Scott Clinic recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Energy Star certification signifying that the building is in the top 25
percent for energy efficiency compared to similar nationwide facilities.
Any building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1 to 100 scale may be
eligible for Energy Star certification. The EPA's energy performance
scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use
energy. This project started with the Air Force Medical Support Agency
installing billable meters in all medical clinics Air Force wide.
Benchmarks were established and then efforts began to start saving
energy with the ability to watch and see improvements.
"The 375th Medical Group is pleased to accept the certification in
recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Thomas Stoddard,
375th MDG facility management flight commander. "Through this
achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental
stewardship while also lowering our energy costs by 37.5 percent in the
past two years."
The 375th Medical Group improved its energy performance this year by
managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by
making cost-effective improvements to Buildings 1529 and 1530. There is
still equipment in there from 1956 when the Scott hospital originally
"The 375th Medical Group replaced outdated heating and air conditioning
systems, installed new lighting, reduced and implemented strict
guidelines on personal appliances and used the new digital system to
control temperatures, shutdown equipment and lighting when the clinic is
closed," said Stoddard.
The energy star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary,
market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions are produced when fossil
fuels are burned to create electricity. The Earth's atmosphere prevents
the heat created from escaping into space contributing to global
According to EPA calculator, the amount of greenhouse gas the 375th
Medical Group has prevented is equal to electricity use of 742
households for a year. Commercial buildings that earn this certification
use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and
also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
"This was not just facility managements doing but most of the staff
stepped up to help by just doing the simplest think like turning off the
lights when leaving and electronics off at the end of the day. They all
played a key role in this achievement," said Stoddard. "I am proud to
say we are the only facility on base to earn this recognition."
For more information contact Thomas Stoddard at 256-7313.