Valley Children's Hospital Awarded Sustainable Healthcare Certification

The facility is the first hospital in California and the second children’s hospital in the U.S. to receive the certification.

By HFT Staff

Valley Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital in California, and only the second children’s hospital in the nation, to be awarded the prestigious Sustainable Healthcare Certification by The Joint Commission, an independent non-profit accreditation organization. This landmark achievement recognizes Valley Children’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, combating climate change and actively pursuing crucial conservation and preservation initiatives.  

Related: Microgrids Help Build Energy-Resilient Healthcare Facilities

Later this year, Valley Children’s will break ground on its renewable energy microgrid. When online and operational in 2025, the renewable energy microgrid will reduce reliance on the traditional power grid, ensuring Valley Children’s Hospital and buildings on its campus remain operational in the event of power outages in the region. It will also cut carbon emissions by more than 50 percent. At the project’s completion, Valley Children’s will operate the largest renewable energy microgrid in the country that is connected to a hospital emergency system.  

Valley Children’s, one of the first hospitals to sign the White House-HHS Health Sector Climate Pledge, has also committed to achieving net zero emissions by the year 2050, meaning the entire campus will produce no carbon emissions, eliminating its carbon footprint and any negative impact on air quality. 

June 4, 2024

Topic Area: Sustainable Operations

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