BIDMC's men (and women) in blue have gone green.
When Chief Operating Officer Eric Buehrens and Facilities Senior Vice President Walter Armstrong discovered that Public Safety was in the market for a new vehicle, they asked Chief Chris Casey to check out a hybrid model.
"I talked with my lieutenants and agreed that it could be a win-win," Casey said. "We would get a much needed second car while meeting a medical center goal to go green for energy savings and emissions reduction."
Casey worked with BIDMC's Sustainability Coordinator, Amy Lipman. She estimates the Ford Fusion hybrid will save the medical center $1,300 a year in gas.
"The new strategic plan includes a hybrid replacement policy," Lipman said. "As we replace existing cars, we hope to replace them with hybrids. Because we do a lot of around-town driving and idling, the kind of driving where hybrids are at their best and traditional cars are at their worst, hybrids are a much better fit for us."