Re-emphasizing its commitment to sustainability, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., is pursuing ambitious new environmental goals that include becoming carbon positive, buying only sustainably produced food and sending zero waste to landfills by 2025.

The objective is to become carbon net positive without increasing the overall cost of the energy purchased to power its hospitals and other buildings, says Ramé Hemstreet, chief energy officer, Kaiser Permanente.

The health system’s carbon emissions are now 810,000 metric tons, but Hemstreet projects that this number will drop to about 600,000 metric tons when the health system’s new solar and wind projects are fully operational in 2017.   

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