Gift Helps Hospital Go Green

Landsmans’ $1.7 million gift will reduce hospital’s carbon footprint

Emanuel “Manny” Landsman is the grandson of an Eastern European who immigrated to New York in the early 1900s, scratching out a living as a steelworker and restaurateur while raising his two children.

Now, more than a century later, Manny is a successful businessman and generous philanthropist who with his wife, Sheila, has donated millions to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

In September, the couple gave $1.7 million to underwrite an important conservation initiative that will save $2.3 million and reduce Lahey’s carbon footprint by more than 7,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases over five years — the equivalent of 1,586 passenger cars driving for an entire year.

Replacing 14,000 bulbs

Thanks to the Landsmans’ generosity, the hospital is retrofitting all light fixtures in the 7-story hospital with energy saving Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs that have the potential to save nearly 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity in the next five years. The project to replace all 14,000 bulbs will be complete by the end of December.

The LED project was particularly appealing to the Landsmans because Manny is passionate about electricity. He holds three advanced degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a co-founder of the American Power Conversion Corporation (APC), which made and sold uninterruptible power supplies. APC is now a division of Schneider Electric, which specializes in energy management and automation.

A project that will pay for itself

“I’m always interested in power and electricity, and this project made sense,” Manny said of the LED initiative. “It will pay for itself in three to four years.” Manny has arranged with Lahey leadership for the nearly $500,000 in annual savings to be earmarked for a special fund that will be used to finance future improvements to the building’s automation systems and infrastructure.

“I’m always for saving money,” said Manny, who drives an electric car and finds many ways to conserve in his personal life.

The new maintenance-free LEDs will be able to detect whether rooms are occupied and how much daylight is coming in from the windows — and then adjust brightness accordingly, producing additional energy savings.

“Manny is an engineer who is constantly thinking about how things can be done better — and how dollars and energy can be conserved,” said Paul Cantrell, Vice President of Facility Operations at the hospital. “He knows our building systems inside and out, and we are so grateful that he is making it possible for us to undertake the LED retrofit this year and start reaping the savings almost immediately.”

A history of generosity

The Landsmans are among Lahey’s most generous donors, and in 2007 were named the hospital’s Philanthropists of the Year. The Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman Heart and Vascular Center, which opened in 2010, integrates multiple disciplines — cardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery — to provide advanced services for patients. They also made major gifts to the new Joseph C. Corkery, MD, Emergency Center and other capital projects.

When asked why they are so generous to Lahey and to the other institutions they support, Manny had a simple answer. “This country has been very good to us,” he said. “We’re Americans now and we have to take care of our country.”