What started as a quest for improving aging energy infrastructure and overall operational resilience, evolved to an opportunity to become the first net-zero pediatric hospital campus in the country and largest renewable energy microgrid for a hospital emergency system in the country. Meet Valley Children’s Healthcare (VCH) — located in California’s Central Valley, home to some of the poorest Congressional districts in the country and the most polluted zip code in California. VCH has and continues to experience the devastating impacts of climate change, including threatening power outages.
In the spring of 2021, after submitting an RFP re an energy strategy for the main campus, VCH partnered with healthcare engineering and consulting firm, Mazzetti, to help balance first cost, life cycle cost, facility resilience, and environmental footprint, taking advantage of new technologies, new codes, and new financing methods, including the unexpected twist of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
The successful implementation of the VCH energy resilience program can be used as a model for other Health and Human Services Climate Pledge signees, showing what’s possible!