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Environment and Climate Change

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We’ve made public environmental commitments, and received recognition for them, to provide sustainable health care and reduce our impacts on climate change – regionally and globally. Some examples:

Some examples of our efforts:

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Recognized for climate leadership

UC Davis Health has been recognized by Health Care Without Harm among the hospitals and health systems that are pioneering innovative and effective solutions to mitigate health care’s climate footprint and enhance their resilience.

In winter 2023 UC Davis Health earned Health Care Climate Action recognition, including gold honors for climate resilience and silver for climate leadership. In 2022 we were recognized as a Climate Champion in a previous ranking system. 


A Top 25 hospital for sustainability performance

For three years in a row, Practice Greenhealth has recognized UC Davis Health as a national leader in environmental sustainability with a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award – the organization’s highest honor for hospitals. We also received the Greening the OR Recognition Award and awards in Circles of Excellence for sustainable procurement, water, and green building.

More than 1 in every 4 hospitals is part of the Practice Greenhealth network.

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Learn more in our sustainability tour

This self-guided StoryMaps walking tour discusses UC Davis Health System’s efforts in reducing emissions, reducing water use, expanding solar energy usage, and more. You can also scroll through the tour without leaving your desk.

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Some recent examples of our ongoing efforts to advance health for all.

Reports provided by caregivers via telehealth a good alternative to in-person developmental assessments

A new study involving UC Davis Health finds that developmental assessments via telehealth with reports from caregivers may be a good alternative to in-person evaluations. The findings may help increase access to autism screenings.

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Sacramento’s first comprehensive trauma recovery center to open at UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health will open a trauma recovery center thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the California Victim Compensation Board.

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Cause of common type of heart failure may be different for women and men

A new mouse study of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) found sex differences at the cellular level. The findings could have implications for how HFpEF is treated in women compared to men.

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Documentary highlights how UC Davis nursing school creates equity-minded nurses

A new national documentary features how the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing confronts bias and racism in nursing education.

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