At Kaiser Permanente, we believe it is our obligation as a health care provider to minimize our environmental impact. We work to be environmentally responsible throughout our organization — in how we power our facilities, purchase food and medical supplies and equipment, manage waste, and invest in our communities. We also prioritize partnerships with others to develop policies and systems that strengthen community health and protect our environment.
In 2016, Kaiser Permanente adopted an ambitious set of environmental goals to guide the organization for the decade ahead. These goals have raised the bar on environmental responsibility, not just for Kaiser Permanente but for all health care organizations.
Greening Health Care Book
In “Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet,” author Kathy Gerwig, chief environmental officer for Kaiser Permanente, examines the intersection between health care and environmental stewardship, arguing that hospitals can and should play a critical role in supporting the health of the planet.