Pueblo’s East Side Clinic is the first zero energy health facility in the US

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Pueblo Community Health Center's East Side Clinic has achieved zero energy status, making it the first medical clinic in North America to generate more energy than it uses.

Pueblo Community Health Center’s new East Side Clinic doesn’t have electric bills. It doesn’t have gas bills either.

The center has gained the distinction of being the first verified health care facility in North America to win a zero energy verification.

That means the clinic at 1301 E. Seventh St. generates more power than it uses thanks to the more-than 600 solar panels installed on the building’s roof and parking lot carport roof. There are no gas bills either because a high-tech geothermal pump system provides heating and cooling, said Donald Moore, Pueblo Community Health Center chief executive officer.

“From a community health perspective, climate change and climate warming are having negative impacts on health,” Moore said. “The Journal of the American Medical Association a couple of years ago published an article documenting worsening health of the population as a result of warming.”