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Kern Health Systems Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

Corporate news | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Contact: Jacquelyn Jans

Bakersfield, CA: Kern Health Systems is proud to announce that it has achieved LEED Silver Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.

“LEED certification takes on greater significance when faced with the climate challenges common to Kern County”, said Doug Hayward, CEO. “Over time, this effort will pay off from the energy and water conservation measures built into our facility and landscape”.

According to Gregory D. Bynum, President of Bynum Inc. and project developer, “along with our general contractor S.C. Anderson and project architect Delawie, we were pleased to be a part of the KHS commitment to LEED certification. Their project shows great leadership in sustainability and the future of building with a smaller ecological footprint.”

Kern Health Systems achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work.

“Transforming our buildings and spaces happens one project at a time. Kern Health Systems understands the value of LEED and has shown extraordinary leadership in reshaping the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification brings us one step closer to revolutionizing the spaces where we live, learn, work and play.”

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, and international network of local community leaders, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit

About Kern Health Systems

Kern Health Systems, the County Health Authority, is an independent public agency that governs Kern Family Health Care, the Health Plan of more than 288,000 members. As a public entity, Kern Health Systems’ mission is dedicated to improving the health status of its members through an integrated managed health care delivery system.