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Washington University School of Medicine
28 Apr 2015
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The Washington University School of Medicine is located on the Eastern border of Forest Park in Central West End. They are among the top schools in the nation for medical education, research, and patient care. The affiliated Barnes Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in St. Louis and serves the entire region. 

Chancellor Wrighton cited Washington University's partnership with BJC HealthCare as one of its most valuable ties. He stated that BJC was the area's strongest local employer, providing a slew of jobs to residents of the St. Louis region. He also claimed that the medical school's huge clinical program, with its many local community initiatives, is a significant boon to the city, and cited the Siteman Cancer Center as a valuable recent addition to the city. Another recent project by the School has been an initiative on gun violence from a public health perspective, which seeks to engage the local community in this pressing health issue.

Much like the Danforth Campus, the School of Medicine has been found to have a significant carbon footprint, leaving a large environmental impact on its surroundings. A 2008 study by Professor Rudolf Husar emits almost 250,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, more than twice as much as the Danforth campus. This alone creates large environmental consequences on the city, sustained no doubt by the sheer number of buildings needed to be powered and commuters traveling to work at the campus each day. 

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