Sierra Vista Recognized for Environmental Leadership 
Ron Yukelson 
Thursday, 14 April 2011 

For the second time in less than a year, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its environmental leadership. Sierra Vista was named as Green Coast Award winner by the Pacific Coast Business Times in its April 8 edition.

Sierra Vista was previously recognized late last year by the San Luis Obispo Chamber Commerce as a 2010 Green Awards winner.

“This is the wave of the future,” said Joe DeSchryver, Sierra Vista’s Chief Operating Officer. “Every business is a little more cognizant now of our business practices and how green friendly we can be.”

Officially launched in 2009, Going Green @ Sierra Vista is an ongoing effort at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center to reduce, reuse and recycle resources through environmentally-friendly practices. Since its inception Sierra Vista has embarked on an ambitious project to significantly reduce water consumption, recycle and reduce the consumption of paper products, reduce emissions through more effective ridesharing and reduce the use of electricity.

Sierra Vista completely relandscaped its property using drought tolerant plants and vegetation, replaced 90 percent of its water fixtures with low flow devices, reduced more than six tons of plastics and cardboard to landfill and reduced consumption of electricity by replacing fluorescent lighting with energy saving fluorescent or LED lighting.