|California State Prison-Sacramento Central Health Services Building Awarded for Environmental Conservation|
|By California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation|
SACRAMENTO----The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has earned a Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the new Central Health Services building at California State Prison, Sacramento. The certification recognizes the building’s energy-saving and environmental conservation features that will reduce water use by 27 percent and energy costs by 46 percent.
The new 28,100-square-foot facility provides medical, mental health, optical and specialty services to inmate-patients. It earned the recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of low-flow water fixtures, expansive use of recycled material, high-efficiency lighting and energy-saving architectural features which were incorporated into the new facility by the Sacramento architectural and engineering firm Lionakis.
“We take pride in being a leader among state agencies for our environmental stewardship,” said Ralph Diaz, acting Secretary for CDCR. “We manage over 49 million square feet of buildings with 35 prisons and other facilities and that gives us a large opportunity to incorporate alternative energy and conservation measures that cut costs for taxpayers and contribute to the state’s ability to meet its environmental goals.”
The new building includes a 3,500-square-foot trauma and triage area and more space for inpatient care. The medical clinic’s sustainability features include:
The California State Prison, Sacramento health facility is the 61st CDCR-owned facility to be LEED-certified and the 10th to be certified at the Gold level. In 2008, CDCR adopted an environmental sustainability program to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, to conserve water and to generate energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
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