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Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell
christina.chavira@enloe.org

Enloe Medical Center installs electric vehicle charging stations

CHICO, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 – Enloe  Medical Center this week installed two zero-emission electric vehicle charging stations for plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. The charging stations, in the Enloe parking structure, support Enloe’s Transportation Management Plan, intended to encourage reduced traffic and vehicle emission. Both charging stations were put to immediate use by Enloe employees the same morning they were installed.

“It is our hope that the stations, together with our other alternative transportation options, will help support sustainability for our neighborhood and community,” said  Carol Linscheid, Vice President of Enloe Human Resources.

The charging stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who work on Enloe campuses and to visitors of Enloe. The stations require a free access card, which can be obtained from the Enloe Human Resources office, 1625 Magnolia Avenue, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. By law, the charging station lanes can only be used for vehicles that are charging.

In 1996, when the Chico City Council approved the Century Project expansion, Enloe made a commitment to reduced vehicle emissions and traffic congestion in the neighborhood through the development of a Transportation Management Plan. The charging stations support that plan.

The plan, developed in 2006, promotes less vehicle use by employees, partner-company employees and physicians through several transportation options: free transit passes for the Butte County and Glenn County bus lines, used by 30 people a month; secure bicycle parking; carpooling resources; and a guaranteed ride home for those who use alternative transportation and need an emergency ride home. Other commute-to-work alternatives since 2006 have included regular participation in Bike Chico Week, three commuter contests and a walking challenge.

The Enloe parking structure opened in 2008 as the first phase of the Enloe Century Project expansion. Located at Sixth and Magnolia Avenues, it is primarily used by employees, partner-company employees and physicians. Although it’s open to the public, it is less convenient for patients and visitors due to its distance from the hospital’s main entrance. Enloe offers free valet parking for patients and visitors seven days a week at medical center’s main entrance on Fifth Avenue.

In a related sustainability effort, Enloe has installed energy-efficient mechanical and electrical equipment at the new patient tower, expected to save up to 25 percent in utility costs. For example, a computer-controlled irrigation system, in use at the parking structure and in place outside the new patient tower, monitors air temperature, wind speed and soil-moisture content to keep water use to a minimum.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org.   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.