Today’s environmental challenges require that health care organizations reach beyond the health care sector to engage stakeholders in finance, business, energy, conservation, education and public policy.
By 2025, we will pursue new collaborations to reduce environmental risks to foodsheds, watersheds, and air basins supplying our communities.
- Here are some of the organizations with whom we are currently engaged:
- Association of Climate Change Officers
- Bren School of Environmental Management, UCSB
- Business Renewables Center
- Center for Environmental Health
- Community Commons
- Corporate Eco-Forum
- EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager
- Goodwill Industries
- Health Care Without Harm
- MedShare and Operation USA
- Practice Greenhealth
- Smartway Transport
- The Climate Registry
- U.S. Green Building Council
Our current progress:
- Our environmentally preferable purchasing standard was written in collaboration with other stakeholders, and the standard is already influencing suppliers to provide healthier products to the entire health care sector.
- In 2017, we issued $1 billion in green bonds (bonds that that appeal to funds and investors that look for environmentally or socially friendly organizations to invest in). The bonds will be used to finance construction of our LEED-certified hospitals.
- We created a publicly available Community Health Needs Assessment database that makes it possible to identify and map the environmental and social problems and opportunities in communities across the U.S. This data informs our allocation of resources in communities.
- We work with numerous NGO partners to improve community and environmental health through community benefit investments aimed at supporting active transportation, strengthening local food systems, advocating for the removal of toxins in consumer products, reducing pollution, and strengthening climate action.
- Kaiser Permanente has partnered with community groups and Food Services Partners to act as an anchor for a regional green food system that will contribute to the economy in and around Richmond, California.