Kaiser Permanente to cut carbon 30% by 2020
Kaiser Permanente has vowed to trim its carbon footprint by 30 percent.
Kaiser Permanente, which earlier put solar generators on 11 of its California hospital rooftops, is pledging to cut its corporate carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2020, using 2008 as a benchmark.
The Oakland-based health care giant, which has nearly 9 million enrollees in nine states and the District of Columbia, called the move “an aggressive strategy to reduce its overall greenhouse emissions” in a Feb. 28 statement.
The strategy includes plans to “invest in clean and renewable energy sources” while targeting energy conservation at its hundreds of hospitals and medical office buildings nationwide. That will include building green buildings, conserving energy in existing structures and moving to on-site and off-site clean and renewable energy sources when possible.
Taking a step into political controversy land, Kaiser said that by reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and trimming energy use, it “expects to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions, which are known contributors to climate change and the rise of pollution and disease.”
Don’t tell the GOP presidential candidates that, Chairman and CEO George Halvorson, unless you want to start a rumble.
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