Sierra Vista Recognized for Going Green 
Ron Yukelson 
Monday, 15 November 2010 
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center was recognized with a 2010 Green Award by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its Going Green at Sierra Vista program. Going Green at Sierra Vista kicked off unofficially in 2008, when the entire Sierra Vista campus went tobacco free. Then in 2009, Sierra Vista enacted an ongoing effort to reduce, reuse and recycle resources through environmentally friendly practices.

The hospital has undergone an ambitious project to significantly reduce water consumption. Fifty percent of the landscaped area on campus was replanted with drought tolerant vegetation and low flow irrigation devices were installed, saving 445,000 gallons of water in the first year. Additional initiatives such as synchronized sprinklers with sensitivity to the time of day saved an additional 25,000 gallons of water, and the plants and trees that were replaced were turned into 50 tons of mulch that was used in new planter areas to maintain moisture.

The construction of a new medical office building resulted in 225 yards of excavated earth that filled planter areas and one ton of excavated concrete was recycled and reused for drainage and decorative purposes. The recycling of  sharps, plastic products and cardboard has diverted nearly eight tons per year from landfills. Additional recycling pilot projects have begun both in surgery and in labor and delivery.

Sierra Vista was one of only six local businesses recognized for the 2010 Green Awards.