October 8, 2014

Recognized for environmental performance of our supply chain

Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for fleet supply chain highlights continued commitment to environmental stewardship

Kaiser Permanente was honored Tuesday with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its fleet-management operations.

Kaiser Permanente relies on a fleet of more than 1,600 vans, trucks and other vehicles to transport supplies and provide goods and services to its hospitals, medical offices and other buildings across the country.

The organization uses tools and information available through the SmartWay program to make informed transportation decisions. This includes purchasing hybrid trucks, increasing truck load efficiency, decreasing the number of routes and using eco-friendly, low-rolling resistance tires and bio-diesel fuel.

“Kaiser Permanente recognizes we can improve health today and for the future by taking a close look at the environmental impact of our business processes,” said Troy Smith, senior director, National Warehousing and Logistics. “This award recognizes the efforts of our employees to consider environmental protection as part of our mission as a health care organization to protect the health of communities we serve.”

Kaiser Permanente was one of 44 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of nearly 3,000 organizations participating in the EPA’s SmartWay program.

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collection of manufactures, shippers, logistics providers and other businesses working together to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible. Since 2004, SmartWay partners’ clean-air achievements include avoiding 51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to taking nearly 11 million cars off the road.

“SmartWay carriers deserve our gratitude for a decade of progress in cutting carbon pollution and other air pollutants," said Chris Grundler, director, EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "They have reduced thousands of tons of dangerous pollutants and raised the bar on a sustainable transportation future, all while saving money in fuel costs.”

Kaiser Permanente is a health care leader in saving energy and water, purchasing safer materials, sourcing sustainable food and reducing waste. The organization has committed to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through onsite renewable energy use and energy conservation measures; providing sustainable food for its patient meals; safe recycling of single-use medical devices to eliminate waste; and eliminating toxins such as DEHP and PVC from many of its medical supplies.