On May 16 and 17, the Children's Hospital Boston Energy Initiative and energy specialist Dr. Ima Wattstopper, were introduced to employees and visitors. Children's Energy Initiative aims to reduce the hospital's energy consumption and the associated costs, which in turn will provide valuable dollars to be transformed into quality patient health care. Under Dr. Ima Wattstopper's care, employees will learn to be accountable for their energy use and environmental impact in order to perform their responsibilities in the most sustainable manner possible.
Dr. Ima Wattstopper's Energy ER was held in the Main Building Lobby where roughly 500 employees and visitors assisted her in diagnosing her most severe energy wasting patients. In addition, NSTAR, KeySpan, and the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources provided information about their conservation programs and financial rebates. Displays were also set-up in the Enders and Karp Building Lobbies.
All employees visiting the Energy ER and lobby displays received a complementary compact fluorescent light bulb, and 26 employees won raffle prizes consisting of gift certificates from Bertucci's, the Cafˆ© at Children's, Home Depot, and energy or water efficient products, such as solar lanterns, a water saving shower head, timers for air-conditioning units, and programmable thermostats.
Children's Energy Initiative is an ongoing campaign to reduce energy costs, so be on the lookout for Dr. Ima Wattstopper and opportunities where you can save energy.
On May 16, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) and State Representative Bob Coughlin (D-MA) joined members of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the medical community, and families to celebrate Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. Rep. Coughlin recognized Children's Hospital Boston's Cystic Fibrosis Center for its commitment to providing the highest quality care to patients and families and advancing the treatment of the disease.