Gladstone Institutes was recognized by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for for its efforts to improve sustainability within the organization. Gladstone was one of three finalists for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Step Up in Excellence in Energy Award, one of eight Excellence in Business (Ebbie) Awards—the most highly regarded business awards in the Bay Area.
“We are so honored to have been selected as a finalist for this award and that our efforts have been recognized by the local community,” said Ruben Oregon, the chief building engineer at Gladstone. “Gladstone is known globally for its science, and this recognition symbolizes that we're committed to doing it in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.”
The Ebbies were created in 1991 by the Chamber to honor San Francisco businesses for their leadership, vision, and positive impact on their employees and the San Francisco community. These businesses are nominated by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Finalists are selected by a committee of experts relevant to the category, often past winners, and are recognized at a private reception given in their honor by Ebbies sponsors and chamber board members. Winners are then announced at a gala attended by over 500 top-level business leaders from a variety of organizations in San Francisco.
Since Gladstone’s building in Mission Bay was erected in 2004, Oregon and his team have overcome energy challenges posed by a facility that combines office space, cold rooms, and specialized research labs. Most recently, they made several mechanical and lighting upgrades to the building, and, with the commitment of the Gladstone community, they are working towards a zero-waste program within the organization.
“While we are most known for our research efforts towards finding cures to devastating diseases, we apply the same creativity to sustainability at Gladstone,” said Sandy Williams, MD, president of Gladstone. “I am so proud of what Gladstone has accomplished to improve our impact on the community.”