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Clinic keeps eye on environmental health, too

by: Special to, The Fanno Creek Clinic added solar panels as part of a renovation to make its building more energy-efficient. Its efforts earned it an award from the city’s Office of Sustainable Development.

The staff at Fanno Creek Clinic does a lot more than help patients; the entire team, from doctors and nurses to support staff and management, also is doing its part to help the environment.

In 2004, Fanno Creek Clinic, a private-practice clinic in the Hillsdale neighborhood (2400 S.W. Vermont St.), made renovations that included replacing the roof and adding solar panels, installing insulation and putting in new windows.

The result is a more energy-efficient building as well as significant tax savings for the clinic.

'The decision to consider the environmental impact of the renovations was about much more than just tax incentives,' says Larry Reed, business manager for Fanno Creek Clinic.

'We wanted to make the clinic more environmentally friendly and make a positive contribution to the neighborhood at the same time.'

Environmental Building Supplies helped install rooftop solar panels, making Fanno Creek Clinic the only medical clinic in Portland to convert to solar power.

The city's Office of Sustainable Development honored the Fanno Creek Clinic with a BEST (Business for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow) Award in 2005.

'We were so surprised to win the award; we didn't expect it at all,' Reed says.

'We feel really good about it because we've worked hard to reduce our environmental impact and establish ourselves as a medical clinic that has a strong interest in the community and the environment.'