U.S. buildings consume the majority of the country's electricity and a large percentage of raw materials. YNHH has incorporated "green building" in recent and current construction and renovation projects with emphasis on improving energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and work environment.

Smilow Cancer Hospital and 55 Park Street LEED certified

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to Yale-New Haven for Smilow Cancer Hospital in recognition of the hospital’s successful sustainable design and construction strategies.

With 516,000 square feet, Smilow has 14 floors, 168 private patient rooms, 12 operating rooms, radiation therapy and several integrated imaging technologies.

Yale-New Haven’s 55 Park Street building, which houses laboratory testing facilities and pharmacy services, is also LEED certified for meeting significant sustainability standards. The building, which stands six stories and spans approximately 140,000 square feet, incorporates numerous sustainable design features including an exterior facade which consists of a unitized curtain wall system, shadow box features, and fritted glass at the four-story atrium above the main entrance lobby.

Smilow Healing Garden — Green in more ways than one

The healing garden is a 6,000 square-foot rooftop garden atop Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven that provides a touch of nature for patients, families and staff members. The garden absorbs rainwater, thereby reducing runoff created by the addition of new, impervious surfaces. On this special "grass" ceiling, any sections without plants, grasses, flowers or trees are treated with an Energy Star-rated "green" roofing membrane.