Kaiser Permanente Buys Clean Energy to Heal the Climate
More and more Americans are experiencing the physical impacts of climate change – and the health sector is rising to the challenge. They’re working not only towards healthier patients, but healthier hospitals too. Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers, just announced its plan to buy enough renewable energy to cover half their electricity usage in California and cut greenhouse emissions by 30 percent nationwide.
Kaiser Permanente (a key partner in our Climate for Health program) was already a top user of green power. But with 38 hospitals and over 600 medical offices, it consumes nearly 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Since climate change has been linked to multiple health issues – including asthma, allergies, and the spread of infectious diseases – Kaiser Permanente felt that they had an obligation as well as an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions. As chief energy officer Ramé Hemstreet put it, “Replacing fossil fuels as an energy source with green power is the most important action we can take to address the impacts of climate change on health and to reduce pollutants that can lead to disease.”
To learn more about their commitment to clean energy, check out the infographic below.