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Improving environmental sustainability in the Southwestern Medical District

Vizient®, in partnership with Toyota, the city of Dallas and the Texas Trees Foundation, made history in January 2018 when they hosted a 100 Resilient Cities workshop. This event, the first of its kind in the U.S., was the culmination of months of work by Vizient, with the goal to foster a true and lasting impact for patients and physicians moving throughout Dallas’ Southwestern Medical District. The district is the heart of the city’s regional health care network but faces issues such as technological advancements in mobility, infrastructure constraints and environmental sustainability.

Leading expert attendees explored specific solutions to improve mobility, reduce pollution and decrease the district’s overall heat island impact. While many will take years to implement, the Southwestern Medical District is on the path to improved environmental sustainability. Ideas in the works include:

  • Construct additional green space and playgrounds
  • Build underground parking garages covered with grass
  • Install additional options for employees to walk among facilities
  • Improve road access to and from the district
  • Implement other projects to remove cars from immediate facility areas 
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