Compass Health to Reduce Energy Use

Contact: Anthony J. Amendola, MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (206) 387-2001


$560,000 in Energy Savings Over the Next 20 Years

Seattle, June 15, 2012—Compass Health to reduce its energy usage by 30 % for its Bailey Building in Everett, WA.

By implementing effective energy efficiency improvements, Compass will see a reduction in CO2 emissions equaling 33% per year, which is equivalent to taking 37 cars off the road annually. Over 15 years these energy efficiency improvements will prevent 3435 metric tons of CO2 from entering the Earth’s atmosphere!

The energy improvements will also save Compass Health approximately $35,000 per year energy on energy usage, obtaining an estimated savings of $560,000 over the 20 year lifecycle of the improvements. Besides the dollar savings, these energy efficiencies will provide more stable and comfortable environments for the Compass Health’s patients.

These energy efficiency improvements are being implemented through the Washington State Sustainable Energy Trust Program. The Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Key Bank, and MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, have teamed to bring tax-exempt financing to organizations seeking to lower their energy footprint, save money, and prepare for the future. Qualifying organizations will work with MacDonald Miller to complete an initial energy audit and learn about possible energy savings provided by necessary retrofits with no out-of-pocket expense.

The improvements to be implemented at Compass Health include:
• Plumbing improvements to reduce water usage and the energy used to heat the water.
• Lighting upgrades which reduce electrical usage and provide a brighter exercise environment.
• Mechanical improvements which reduce energy used for climate control as well as stabilize facility temperature ranges.

The energy savings realized by the above conservation measures will also enable Compass Health to replace old inefficient equipment thus decreasing ongoing maintenance costs and the costly use of unneeded energy.

The energy conservation improvements are currently underway and are scheduled to be completed by the end of June, 2012. 

Compass Health’s CEO, Tom Sebastian, commented “Through this partnership, not only will the individuals who come to us for service have a vastly improved environment, but the savings that are realized can be reinvested in improving services to many of our community’s most vulnerable community members.” 

This project is supported by Grant No. DE-EE0000139 awarded by US Department of Energy. Grant funds are administered by the State Energy Office, Washington State Department of Commerce and are available statewide. 

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is a publicly accountable, self-supporting team, dedicated to increasing housing access and affordability, and to expanding the availability of quality community services for the people of Washington. The Commission accomplishes this by working with the investment community, nonprofit organizations, developers, first-time homebuyers, and beginning farmers and ranchers to bring private investment dollars to benefit families and achieve public goals in Washington. 

About Compass Health
Compass Health has been providing services since 1902. Beginning as an orphanage serving homeless and parent-less children in Everett, WA, Compass now provides a comprehensive continuum of behavioral health, social, and housing services to over 12,000 community members in Snohomish, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.