Sustainability and Resiliency in the Health-Care Environment

Sustainability and Resiliency in the Health-Care Environment


January 2017

Since 2008, when Hubert joined Partners HealthCare to develop a sustainability program, the company has built about 1.5 million square feet of LEED Silver and Gold facilities, made big improvements in energy efficiency, and made a lot of progress in switching from fossilbased energy to renewables. Healthier food, reduced waste, safer chemicals, and “smarter purchasing” are also contributing to the company’s overall sustainability effort across its 17 million-square-foot real estate portfolio. As Hubert explained, new hospital and health-care facilities today are incorporating principles of resilient design, and lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy (2012), the Nashville flood (2010), Hurricane Katrina (2005) and other major weather events. A wide range of risks and hazards, including storm surge, precipitation, temperature, wind, and seismic, are analyzed for each campus in the Partners HealthCare system.

Keywords: Corporate Real Estate Forum, CREF, Boston, sustainability, healthcare


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