Kaiser Permanente has been praised by Overbrook environment grantee Health Care Without Harm for its latest announcement to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2020.
“Kaiser Permanente is demonstrating how hospitals can reduce their climate change impact as part of their core mission to support healthy people in healthy communities,” stated Gary Cohen, president and founder of Health Care Without Harm.
By targeting greenhouse gases, Kaiser Permanente aims to reduce its environmental footprint and lead the health care sector in reducing the health effects associated with climate change. Both Kaiser Permanente and Health Care Without Harm are founding sponsors of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a variety of programs designed for hospitals to implement sustainable measures and create more sustainable products for hospitals. In April, HHI will launch a new program to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and other sustainability improvements across the health care sector.