OHSU Opens Electric Car Charging Station for Visitors, Patients, Employees Who Want to Go Green

02/05/10  Portland, OR

Oregon Health & Science University has installed its first electric car charging station, allowing patients, visitors and staff to recharge their green vehicles while at OHSU.  The charging station is located on the fifth floor of the large parking structure across from OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on S.W. Campus Drive.  Up to four electric vehicles can be charged at the same time on a first-come, first-served basis.

The level-1 charging station is the first at OHSU. The university may add additional capacity for electric car charging if demand increases. The car-charging station was made possible through OHSU funds and a generous donation by Robert Buys, M.D. Buys has worked with OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute for more than two decades and drives an electric vehicle.

“I have always been a proponent of electric cars,” said Buys. “I saw this as an opportunity to help OHSU become even more green.”

“OHSU has a proud history of supporting green transportation alternatives,” said Roger Cole, OHSU Sustainability Manager and a member of OHSU’s Green Team, a committee of employees dedicated to addressing environmental issues at the university. “This electric car-charging station is our latest effort to be a leader in responding to concerns about fossil fuel-burning cars.”

Other areas where OHSU is considered an environmental leader:
Almost 60 percent of OHSU employees use public transportation, carpool or another alternate means to travel to work rather than driving in single-occupant cars.
OHSU supports bicycle commuting by providing several bike parking options at various locations. The Portland Aerial Tram also allows passengers with bikes to travel to OHSU.
OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing at the South Waterfront is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building. It is the first medical facility in the world to be built to this standard and one of the largest LEED Platinum projects in the nation.
OHSU’s Biomedical Research Building is certified LEED Silver. It is one of the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable bio lab buildings in the world.

Editors note: Donor and electric car driver Robert Buys, M.D., is available to be interviewed and demonstrate the car charging station with his electric vehicle. Please contact Jim Newman in OHSU Strategic Communications to schedule interviews.