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Health Science Center captures award for assisting environment

July 2005

The Health Science Center is a 2005 winner of the prestigious Partners for Change Award, presented by a Washington, D.C., organization called Hospitals for a Healthy Environment.

The Health Science Center is the only comprehensive health sciences university to win the award this year and the only Texas institution to win the 2005 award. Fourteen medical centers or health systems also were honored.

"We are proud to have demonstrated our commitment to being a good environmental steward," said Michael Charlton, Ph.D., the Health Science Centerís director of environmental health and safety.

The Health Science Center received a $25,000 competitive grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2003 to remove mercury-containing devices from clinical and research areas of the institution.

The several-years-long project, which also was recognized in 2002 by Gov. Rick Perry with a Texas Environmental Excellence Award, involves the San Antonio campuses of the Health Science Center: the Central and North Campuses on Floyd Curl Drive and the Texas Research Park Campus. Newer campuses in Harlingen, Laredo and Edinburg were assessed for safety during their construction.


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