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Medical school receives Ameren rebate for heating and cooling upgrades

Efforts at nine Medical Campus buildings are part of long-term commitment to sustainability

February 12, 2016

Allison Braun

Washington University School of Medicine has made great strides in reducing its carbon footprint. Upgrades made to heating and air conditioning (AC) systems have netted the medical school a $369,009 rebate from Ameren.

Improvements to increase efficiency in the heating and AC systems are projected to reduce electric usage by 3.3 million killowatt-hours, reduce carbon emissions by 2,760 metric tons of carbon monoxide and save the university $200,000 annually.

The project was implemented at nine buildings, including the Wohl Clinic, the 4444 Forest Park building, the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center, the Eric P. Newman Education Center, the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, the East and West buildings, and the two Central Institute for the Deaf buildings.

“We continually look for opportunities to reduce energy usage on our campus,” said Melissa Hopkins, the medical school’s assistant vice chancellor and assistant dean of facilities operations. “These efforts are part of our long-term commitment to sustainability, and it is an element of our department’s core mission to manage resources in a way that limits our impact on the environment.”

Washington University School of Medicine‘s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.