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Gwinnett Medical implements energy-saving measures
Center aims to reduce power consumption, costs

LAWRENCEVILLE - In its effort to reduce energy consumption and help preserve the environment, Gwinnett Medical Center facilities are developing and implementing initiatives.

The center's entire network - including facilities in Lawrenceville, Duluth and several supporting facilities - is participating.

Some of the measures being taken include:

· The use of high-efficiency, fluorescent tubes that allow equal light output while generating less heat and operating at a fraction of the cost of fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs;

· Replacing older equipment with newer, higher-efficiency equipment;

· Using technology and power-management tools that allow air-conditioning systems and computers to run at peak efficiency;

· Waste reduction initiatives such as recycling items from cans and bottles to batteries and other medical and electronic equipment; and

· Donating or refurbishing and reselling equipment that can no longer be used by the medical center.

According to a GMC news release, GMC's recycling efforts "have developed a strong foundation for the future and continue to make GMC a good neighbor in Gwinnett County. GMC continues to explore opportunities to reduce energy use by decreasing the volume of waste sent to landfills and by designing facilities that promote both healing and the environment."