The impact of climate change on both our environment and human health is substantial and affects everyone, with the worst impacts felt by those who are most vulnerable.
Our climate action progress
- In 2020, we achieved our goal of becoming carbon neutral by buying enough clean energy and carbon offsets to remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than we emit. We improved our energy use efficiency by more than 5% since 2015, saving $21.4 million annually, and decreased our water use intensity (our water usage per square foot) by more than 13% since 2013, saving $2.6 million annually. Our hospitals, medical buildings, and offices have eliminated their carbon burden, which is equivalent to taking 175,000 cars off the road.
- Between 2014 and 2017, we achieved a 23% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with our use of anesthetic agents.
- In 2017, we began operating California’s first hospital-based renewable microgrid at our Richmond Medical Center. Paired with a 250-kilowatt solar installation, the microgrid can store 1 megawatt-hour of renewable energy, which it releases to help power the hospital when needed most — saving the facility up to 50% on its energy bills.
- As of mid-2021, 100 of our facilities hosted onsite solar panels, including 31 of our hospitals.