Taking Action

Environmental Stewardship



Collaborations

Center for Environmental Health

The Center for Environmental Health works to protect people from toxic chemicals and promotes business products and practices that are safe for public health and the environment. CEH works at the intersection of industries, laws, governments, communities, and consumers to eliminate toxins through public interest litigation, community health programs, public policy measures, and the cleaning and greening of the electronics and food production industries. Kaiser Permanente has collaborated extensively with CEH on environmentally safer electronics, purchasing protocols, sustainable food, and community educational events to reduce toxins in products.

Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Campaign

Kaiser Permanente has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to encourage Americans to save energy, save money, and help prevent climate change. Take the ENERGY STAR pledge and share your energy saving story to inspire others to take action.

Corporate Eco-Forum

The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) is an invitation-only membership organization for large companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to environment as a business strategy issue. CEF’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating the best neutral space for business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights.

EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager

The EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows businesses and organizations to track and assess energy and water consumption across their entire portfolio of buildings in an online environment. Kaiser Permanente uses Portfolio Manager to help set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries helps people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities by offering customized job training, employment placement, and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Kaiser Permanente regularly partners with Goodwill Industries in Southern California  to recycle or dispose of e-waste, a partnership that not only helps Kaiser Permanente reduce its carbon footprint but also provides jobs for disabled persons and communities in need.

Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups. The organization we are works to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. As a member of Health Care Without Harm, Kaiser Permanente has made an organizational commitment to the mission and goals of the campaign, and a desire to participate fully in helping to achieve them.

Healthier Hospitals Initiative

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a coalition of major health systems and organizations committed to improving sustainability and safety across the healthcare sector, has created the Healthier Hospitals Agenda to chart a path to a healthier, more sustainable and more cost effective healthcare system. HHI is partnering with Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and The Center for Health Design to provide expertise and technical assistance and to develop and implement training and other programs to help hospitals carry out the HHI agenda recommendations. Kaiser Permanente is one of six founding partners of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and is currently developing a set of criteria by which it seeks to make concrete positive changes in its health care practice to improve sustainability and safety across the health care sector.

MedShare and Operation USA

MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. MedShare collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistributes it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. They also partner with groups such as Operation USA to outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad. Kaiser Permanente is pleased to support the mission of these organizations by sending them surplus medical supplies and equipment.

Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the source for environmental solutions for the healthcare sector and lends support to create better, safer, greener workplaces and communities. As a nonprofit membership organization, they are founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the healthcare community. Kaiser Permanente is a strategic partner and member of this organization, helping to share our practices in greening the health care sector with other hospital systems and non-profit organizations.

Smartway Transport

SmartWay Transport is the US Environmental Protection Agency’s flagship program for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution from the transportation supply chain industry. Kaiser Permanente is proud to partner with SmartWay as we continually seek improve fuel efficiency, increase environmental performance, and encourage supply chain sustainability.

The Climate Registry

The Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories, and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify, and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry. Kaiser Permanente is proud of its commitment to measure, verify and publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions based upon the reporting protocol of The Climate Registry.