Cook County Defeats Chicago In "Battle of the Bulbs" Environmental Challenge
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that Provident Hospital has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification status, an important environmental rating given to eco-friendly buildings that meet rigorous sustainability standards. Provident Hospital is now a more sustainable facility that will operate with lower energy costs. Construction to the building enabled reduced energy and water usage and implemented stricter recycling procedures and practices. Cook County also installed high efficiency air filters and used significant amounts of recycled materials in construction. “This is a welcome recognition for an important Cook County institution,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “As Provident becomes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, the financial health of the hospital improves. This is a good thing for the residents who depend on the vital services Provident Hospital provides.” County officials also utilized white roofing to help lower energy costs and mechanical systems within the hospital are designed to perform more efficiently. Provident Hospital is also now equipped with electronic fueling stations for hybrid vehicles. In 2002, Cook County became the first governmental agency in Illinois to require all new construction to be LEED-certified. The announcement comes as capital improvement projects are underway throughout Cook County with the goal of achieving LEED certification. Provident Hospital, located in the City of Chicago’s south side, was one of the first hospitals founded by African-Americans. It was established in 1891 and acquired by Cook County in 1990.