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{Past Event} - Design & Construction Series: Grant and Incentive Opportunities for Green Building in Health Care

September 12, 2008 - 1:00 pm - September 12, 2008 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Why do green health care design and construction projects seek philanthropic and government funding? Is outside funding necessary to construct a green hospital? What kinds of strategies are most likely to be funded? How should a project approach an incentive program differently from a local or national foundation? How is health care different from other sectors in the kind of awards it receives and the level of funding? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered during this evaluation of the health care sector’s success in taking advantage of grant and incentive opportunities specific to green building projects.


  • The integrated design process leads to a high performance building that maximizes the efficiency of a facility’s building systems and reduces operating costs.
  • Green buildings do not have to cost more than non-green buildings.
  • Commissioning a building’s mechanical systems is critical to ensure performance outcomes.
  • Integrated design process
  • Critical elements that determine grant eligibility
  • NYSERDA’s overall approach to energy efficiency and history with healthcare.
  • NYSERDA’s approach to energy efficiency in healthcare.
  • The successes and lessons learned of NYSERDA’s Healthcare pilot program.


Sandy Ambrozy, The Kresge Foundation
Telephone: 248-643-9630
Sandra Ambrozy is a Senior Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private foundations. She is a member of the Environment Program Team and staffs the Foundation’s Green Building Initiative, which provides educational materials and funding to help nonprofit organizations develop sustainable facilities. Since 2003, the Foundation has provided over $16 million to 179 organizations across the country to develop green buildings including 13 grants to health care organizations. Sandra is also a member of Enterprise’s Green Communities Advisory Committee and a Board Member of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. She chairs the Network’s Green Building and Green Neighborhoods’ Working Group. The Foundation’s Environment Program is focused on three broad areas of relevance to climate change: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, accelerating the adoption of renewable energy technologies, and developing strategies for helping communities adapt to climate change. The Foundation’s expanded headquarters facility was recently certified as a LEED Platinum building by the United States Green Building Council. The Foundation has also committed to purchasing 100% of its energy from renewable sources.

Rachel Adams, NYSERDA Health Care Incentives
Telephone: 212-971-5342
Rachel Adams currently works out of NYSERDA’s New York City office in the Energy Efficiency Services Division. Ms. Adams leads the Focus on Healthcare program, helping hospitals and healthcare facilities decrease energy use in order to save money, protect the environment, and enhance their environment of care. Prior to the Focus on Healthcare, Ms. Adams worked on NYSERDA’s recently completed Healthcare Pilot Program, which worked with the Greater New York Hospital Association to provide energy audits to facilities. This program also developed an Energy Management Guidebook for Healthcare Facilities. Among her other roles at NYSERDA, she is one of the project managers running the FlexTech program, as well as the program manager for the Technical Assistance program. These two programs cost-share energy studies at all levels of detail with an end-goal of identifying energy efficiency opportunities and/or long-term energy plans for the commercial and industrial sector. Ms. Adams received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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