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Accomplishments

Energy independence

On October 14, 2014, Gundersen Health System became the first health system in the United States to attain energy independence by producing more energy that it consumed. 

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Honors and Recognition

  • 2020 Challenge on Climate Change
  • 2017 WI Sustainable Business Council's Sustainable Product of the Year award
  • Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award (Practice Greenhealth): 11 consecutive years
  • Practice Greenhealth Circles of Excellence (2017) in: Greening the OR, and Less Waste
  • Practice Greenhealth Circles of Excellence (2016) in: Leadership, Waste, Energy and Climate
  • Practice Greenhealth Visionary Leader Award – Jeff Thompson, MD (2015)
  • One of America's 50 Greenest Hospitals (Becker's Hospital Review – 2015)
  • Loyola (Chicago) University Quinlan School of Business Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC) Excellence Award (2015)
  • Business Friend of the Environment – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (2015)
  • Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award (2015)
  • Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award – RENEW Wiscosnin (2015)
  • VHA Inc., Excellence Award for Sustainability (2014)
  • White House Champion of Change – Jeff Thompson, MD (2013)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Project of the Year: Landfill Gas-to-Energy (2012)
  • Generator of the Year – RENEW Wisconsin (2012)
  • Green Master – Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
  • Regional Progress Award – La Crosse Chamber of Commerce (2011)
  • Green Business of the Year – Mississippi Valley Conservancy (2010)
  • Steering Board Member – U.S. Department of Energy Hospital Energy Alliance
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