Our work toward a healthier, more sustainable future

August 5, 2022
Imagine how much energy it takes to power 2,000 homes for a year. Did you know that’s the same amount of energy our efficiency projects saved in 2021? Our solar power commitments also produced enough energy to power more than 1,400 homes for a year. And that’s not all – we’ve reduced our paper use by over 20%. All these steps add up to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our community. It’s a commitment we take seriously, and it’s important. The health care sector is responsible for 8.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and we all have a role to play. Recently, we took an extra step as we joined the White House Climate Pledge to further reduce our carbon emissions. In doing so, we joined organizations across the country that are committing to reduce carbon footprints. As part of the pledge, we affirm our commitment to reduce our organizational greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050, while increasing our climate resilience at our facilities and across our community. These goals align with work we’re already doing to build a more sustainable future in health care. In fact, Practice Greenhealth recognized our organization for 27 different sustainability awards this year. As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients, members and communities, we consider all of this work to be central to our mission. We’re proud to be a leader in our state and region, and in the coming years, we will continue to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at hospitals, clinics, and administrative sites. For instance, in addition to the initiatives described above, this year we will eliminate the use of desflurane, an anesthetic gas with high global warming potential. It takes all of us to make a difference. Learn more about our sustainability efforts on myPartner. And thank you for your commitment to making health care more sustainable for our patients, members, community, and each other.

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