Chris Meehan reports in Clean Energy Authority that the non-profit health care provider Kaiser Permanente plans to go green and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 across all its operations, which include hospitals, doctors’ offices and more.
The company is likely the first health care company in the U.S. that has made such a firm commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.
Among its other commitments, Kaiser will continue to install more solar throughout its network—it’s already installed 11 megawatts of solar-generation capacity at 11 of its facilities in California. And it is putting fuel cells at seven California facilities in 2012.
While the majority of announced solar installations at this point will be in California, Kaiser is doing this throughout its territories, which include Washington, D.C., Maryland, Colorado and more.
Among the reasons the company cited for going solar and reducing emissions was peoples’ health and economic considerations … The organization also found that reducing energy use and increasing its use of renewables also will reduce its operating costs. MORE …