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Kaiser Permanente Recognized for Sustainable Electronics Purchasing Practices

March 29, 2017



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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:

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