HUMBLE, TEXAS (April 04, 2011)

Energy Star LabelMemorial Hermann Northeast Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious "Energy Star," the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The label signifies that the hospital building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

Memorial Hermann Northeast joins just 44 acute care hospitals nationwide who have earned the "Energy Star" designation. In Texas, only seven acute care hospitals - including three other Memorial Hermann campuses - have earned the "Energy Star" designation.

"We are pleased to accept EPA's "Energy Star" in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Louis Smith, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital CEO. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."

Commercial buildings that earn the "Energy Star" use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Memorial Hermann Northeast improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically and making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

To earn the "Energy Star," Memorial Hermann Northeast underwent a major equipment renovation which, as a facility more than 30 years old, allowed the hospital to reduce its energy consumption by more than 45 percent.

EPA's "Energy Star" energy performance scale helps organizations like Memorial Hermann Northeast assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for the "Energy Star." Memorial Hermann Northeast made that score and operates more efficiently than 75 percent of other acute care facilities.

"Energy Star" was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.