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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on January 21, 2011

Adventist HealthCare Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency as Among Nation’s Leading Green Power Purchasers

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare has recently been recognized for its work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partnership through its purchase of more than 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Within the Partnership, established in 2001, this is the largest purchase by a health-care services provider in the state of Maryland, and the fourth largest nationwide.

“This is a significant honor and we are very appreciative of the recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “The purchase of green energy ensures that Adventist HealthCare will continue to be good stewards of our environmental and financial resources.” The green purchase by Adventist HealthCare, which covers from 2011-2014, demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. The organization’s green power purchase was facilitated by its consultant, The Walker Group in Bethesda, which helped to rework energy contracts that will help Adventist HealthCare avoid the creation of more than 3,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.

“Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk,” said James Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Adventist HealthCare.

According to the EPA, Adventist HealthCare’s green power purchase of more than 5 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions of more than 700 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 500 average American homes annually.

“EPA is pleased to welcome Adventist HealthCare to the Green Power Partnership,” said Matt Clouse, Acting Chief of the Energy Supply and Industry Branch at EPA. “We applaud their commitment to using green power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leadingorganizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.

About Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

About the Walker Group

The Walker Group provides real estate solutions nationwide to associations, foundations, companies, legal and accounting firms, families and individuals in need of real estate expertise. We partner with our clients to ensure that they make decisions that are in their strategic and economic best interests.