UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco Win Awards for Environmental Sustainability, Green Building

June 17, 2014
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The green building and sustainability efforts at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital have garnered three environmental excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, a not-for-profit group that promotes environmental sustainability in health care.

UCSF won the Emerald Award for overall performance in the nine categories of judging, the Climate award for reporting and setting emission goals at the Medical Center and the Green Building award for the sustainable design of the new hospitals opening next year at Mission Bay.

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which is scheduled to open in February 2015 and will include women's, children's and cancer hospitals, will utilize the best architectural practices to create a hospital complex that promotes the healing, health and safety of patients, while protecting the environment.

"By conserving water, improving energy performance and incorporating healthy building materials, we are taking conscious steps to keep Mission Bay sustainable from the start," said Gail Lee UCSF's sustainability manager. "For example, an irrigation plan and water saving appliances will save two million gallons of drinkable water a year."

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Last year, UC President Janet Napolitano set a goal for UC to become the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality, with a target date of 2025. The Medical Center has taken a number of steps along those lines, including replacing its conventional chiller with an electric chiller, which saved $1.3 million in annual energy costs. When other energy, water and waste reduction activities are included, UCSF will reduce energy costs by more than $2 million each year.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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