For the third consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has been recognized with an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool Purchaser Award for purchasing environmentally friendly electronics.
EPEAT is a free and trusted source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that support organizations’ IT and sustainability goals.
At Kaiser Permanente, we recognize that healthy communities and a healthy environment are critical to the health and wellness of every person. Creating these has always been central to our mission.
In an effort to achieve a healthier environment Kaiser Permanente has pledged to reach the following environmental goals by the year 2025:
- Become “carbon net positive” by buying enough clean energy and carbon offsets to remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than we emit.
- Buy all of our food locally or from farms and producers that use sustainable practices, including using antibiotics responsibly.
- Recycle, reuse or compost 100 percent of our non-hazardous waste.
- Reduce the amount of water we use by 25 percent per square foot of buildings.
- Increase our purchase of products and materials that meet environmental standards to 50 percent.
By purchasing more than 129,000 EPEAT-registered electronics in 2016, Kaiser Permanente has made an important step toward these 2025 goals. Specifically, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, these electronics will:
- Reduce use of primary materials by 19,193 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 525 tractor-trailers.
- Avoid the disposal of 124 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 1,009 refrigerators.
- Eliminate the equivalent of 355 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year — 664 metric tons.
- Avoid the use of 85.4 metric tons of water-pollutant emissions
In addition, EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest Energy Star specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:
- Savings of 54.2 million kWh of electricity
- Reduction of 9,193 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to an average of 6,609 fewer U.S. passenger cars on the road for a year
- Cost savings of $5,594,492