In Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente makes headway on renewable energy and recycling.
HONOLULU — With the addition of Moanalua Medical Center’s 460 kilowatt photovoltaic system to the grid in 2019, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii completed its largest of 7 solar installations at facilities on Oahu and Hawaii Island. Altogether, the 7 PV systems — at Moanalua Medical Center, Honolulu Medical Office, Koolau Medical Office, Nanaikeola Clinic, Waipio Medical Office, Mapunapuna Medical Office, and Kona Medical Office — generated nearly 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 2019 alone, the equivalent of planting more than 848,000 trees or saving 68,500 gallons of fuel.
In addition to reducing its carbon footprint through renewable energy projects, Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center recycled 10,600 pounds of cans, bottles, paper, plastic tubing, and packaging, and 107,700 pounds of mixed cardboard in 2019. The organization’s recycling efforts diverted more than 58 tons of waste from Oahu landfills in 2019.
“The health of our communities is closely linked to environmental factors. We believe we have an important role to play in protecting our environment and, in doing so, reducing the spread of infectious diseases, and heat-related illness and injuries from severe weather events tied to climate change,” said Terry Muldoon, executive director, National Facilities Services, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We are proud of our efforts over the past several years to reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiencies and clean energy generation, which will ensure a brighter and healthier future for our keiki,” said Muldoon, using the Hawaiian word for children.
Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is committed to becoming carbon neutral in 2020, and is the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the U.S. health care sector. The organization received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2019 Green Power Leadership Award in recognition of its use of renewable sources of energy to power its 39 hospitals and more than 700 medical offices throughout the country.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.