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."
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.
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: