Sustainability at UC San Diego Health

“Together, we are creating and achieving a new standard for sustainable, climate-smart health care while continuing to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.” — Patty Maysent CEO, UC San Diego Health

What Is Sustainability at UC San Diego Health?

Sustainability is commonly defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The concept of sustainability in health care has many parallels with the dictum to "first do no harm."

Rising to the Challenge

UC San Diego Health holds Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals, which is awarded to those that lead the industry in all-around sustainability performance.

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Why Is Sustainability Important at UC San Diego Health?

All aspects of human health are impacted by the environment. By supporting the environment in which we live, we help to protect the health of our patients and build a healthy future for the region.

Promoting sustainability also aligns with our Health Equity goals. Underrepresented communities are often more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. Issues such as poor air quality and water pollution, for example, tend to impact underrepresented communities disproportionately. 

What Have We Done So Far?

All our sustainability efforts prioritize the health and safety of our patients. We focus on efforts that don't compromise our dedication to delivering the highest level of care to every patient. Here are some of our ongoing efforts.

Where Are We Headed?

At UC San Diego Health, we recognize the urgency of reducing carbon emissions and increasing carbon sequestration. Here are some actions we are taking to accelerate the path to greater sustainability.

Hillcrest Medical Campus Redevelopment

The Hillcrest Medical Campus Redevelopment Project, the health system's next major capital project, aligns with the university's sustainability goals as put forth by the University of California’s Sustainable Practices Policy.

The first phase of the redevelopment project includes the opening of the Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion, planned for 2025. It is designed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and outperform the energy efficiency performance target.

Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion

All the electricity for the Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion project will be purchased through the UC Clean Power Program, which includes 100% renewable electricity with zero carbon emissions. The project will be 92.5% less carbon-intensive than existing campus buildings. Sustainability features planned for the project include the following:

Hillcrest Medical Campus Redevelopment
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San Diego's Best Hospital

We’re ranked the #1 hospital system in San Diego for 2023-24 by U.S. News & World Report. And we’re among only 22 nationwide to make Honor Roll for outstanding patient care. We also rank among the nation's best in 10 medical and surgical specialties.

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