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Mater acts locally, thinks globally for Earth Hour

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mater acts locally, thinks globally for Earth Hour

This year, Mater is celebrating Earth Hour by ‘acting locally and thinking globally’. Climate change will increasingly impact on health and healthcare, so Mater is finding cost-effective ways to be responsible stewards of the environment.

One Mater Person who is finding ways to act locally on global challenges is Peter Nomikos, Director of Engineering and Maintenance. Mr Nomikos is a key member of the multi-award winning Sustainability at Mater planning committee and is leading Mater’s ongoing transition to energy-saving LED lamps.

“Our latest LED projects focus on outdoor and security lights at Mater’s South Brisbane campus, as well as several floors in Mater Hospital Brisbane.

“In these latest projects alone, it is estimated we’ll save 110 000 kilowatt hours annually, on top of the additional 1 million kilowatt hours saved from other electrical efficiencies during the past year or so.

“Our strategies go beyond improvements to lighting, chillers, and other equipment. We’ve also saved energy by scheduling demand and limiting air-conditioning temperatures, and actively encouraging staff to take the stairs and turn off appliances when they’re not in use,” Mr Nomikos said.

In addition to energy, Mater has worked across the themes of water, waste, purchasing decisions, facilities design, transport and stakeholder engagement.

“Initiatives have saved us more than $4.5 million since 2008 and involved thousands of staff.”

Mater has also signed up to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Network—an international network of health organisations dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting public and environmental health.

“GGHH facilitates the sharing of knowledge and innovation across the health sector, as well as improving our own level of accountability and transparency.”

Join Mater by celebrating Earth Hour at home—turn off the lights for one hour on 25 March 2017 at 8.30 pm local time. 

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