Aspirus Health advances green efforts, adds first hybrid vehicle to its Upper Peninsula fleet

Hybrid vehicle added to Aspirus Health's UP fleet

Aspirus Health recently added its first hybrid vehicle to its fleet of company vehicles in the Upper Peninsula. It arrived January 18 and is being used for travel across the region.

“This hybrid vehicle has the capability to run on gas and electricity,” said Jason Bessner, Director – Regional Facilities and Green Team Co-Chair. “Adding this new vehicle will allow for lower gasoline use in the region. Many of our team members travel across the Upper Peninsula to provide care at our hospitals and this is one way we can continue to be environmentally responsible. We expect to save 10 to 15 percent on gasoline consumption with the hybrid vehicle compared to the previous model.”

The Aspirus Sustainability Initiative was established in 2018 as a coordinated, strategic effort to identify and implement sustainability initiatives across the Aspirus Health system, serving Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, with the aim of improving the lives of patients and the health of communities.

“The teams in the Upper Peninsula have been working on sustainability initiatives including recycling, landscaping, energy conservation and incorporating plant-forward menus,” said Jenn Jenich-Laplander, Regional Communications Lead and Green Team Co-Chair. “It’s exciting to see it all come together. This is a win for our sustainability goals and reducing our carbon footprint.”

As a leader in the communities it serves, Aspirus Health is committed to being economically, socially and environmentally responsible.