American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association (ASHE)
Date Joined: March 14, 2005
ASHE, an association of 6,000 engineering professionals across the U.S., is expanding an already robust effort to educate its members that improving the energy efficiency of healthcare institutions is an effective way to lower costs, increase competitiveness, prevent pollution, and improve patient comfort. Since ASHE became an ENERGY STAR partner in 1997, the association has provided forums to train and educate members on ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency. ASHE's efforts earned the association an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award in 2003.
ASHE actively encourages its members to join ENERGY STAR, use EPA's Guidelines for Energy Management and EPA's energy performance rating system for hospitals, including in the design and construction phase of new hospitals. Since 2002, ASHE has highlighted the ENERGY STAR program with a regular guest column and public service announcements in its member magazine and electronic newsletter.
Because ASHE is dedicated to continuous improvement in the healthcare environment through education, advocacy, information, and collaboration, its participation in the ENERGY STAR Challenge is a natural extension of existing efforts. ASHE has committed to expand training opportunities to its state chapters, incorporate ENERGY STAR into its website and conferences, and to discuss energy efficiency in its Management Monograph series as ways to further the goals of the ENERGY STAR Challenge and foster greater efficiency in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.