Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society
The series, honoring Daniel J. Doyle, a professor emeritus and the College’s 1984 Master Teacher, features presentations by noted authors and academics and will challenge audiences to consider the impact of technology on our society.
Presented by Alan R. Neuner, Vice President for Facilities Operations, Geisinger Medical Center
Throughout time, the evolution of human society has been directly linked to increased energy consumption. In most cases, this consumption involved burning fuel, resulting in air pollutants that negatively impacted the overall health of society. The ever-increasing reliance on energy for comfort, transportation, and manufacturing lasted well into the twentieth century. Since that time, tremendous strides have been made to reduce energy consumption and develop renewable alternatives.
This presentation will explore how organizations and individuals can reduce their energy footprint, thereby reducing expenses while improving air quality and health on a local and national level. Tools and principles discussed will include the “Energy Impact Calculator” and the economics of the “negawatt” as compared to renewable technologies. Lastly, the presentation will include a review of the measures taken by a regional health system that resulted in an EnergyStar rating of “100.”
Discussion will include the resulting cost savings, improvement in air quality, forecasted health improvement, and reduction in direct medical costs in Central Pennsylvania. Join Mr. Neuner in his goal to raise awareness of the role every individual plays in making energy decisions that impact the quality of life and health in our communities. These decisions not only have immediate impact, but can influence community health for generations to come.
- Financing Infrastructure Renewal with Energy Savings: A Successful Approach, Chapter 74, Energy & High Performance Facility Sourcebook, World Energy Engineering Congress.
- Financing Infrastructure Renewal with Energy Savings: A Successful Approach, Inside ASHE, Volume 12, Number 5, September–October 2004.
- Geisinger: Overcoming System Limitations in Surgical Suite Design, Inside ASHE, Volume 17, Number 2, March–April 2009.
- Leading Your Healthcare Organization toward Energy Efficiency: A Call to Action, Premier White Paper, 2010.