The health of the planet and the health of those who inhabit it are
undeniably intertwined. Understanding this correlation, Kaiser Permanente is a leading
advocate for wellness-based green building strategies in the health care sector. We've
worked with architects, engineers, and public health care advocates to design and test
strategies for the Green Guide for Health Care—a tool for building hospitals that are
healthy for people and the planet. Our work has received national recognition and includes
everything from taking toxins out of our hospitals to reducing our energy and water use and
using design to support the healing process.
Over the past eight years, Kaiser Permanente's green building team has accomplished the
- Chosen ecologically sustainable materials for 7.5 million square feet of new construction.
- Eliminated the purchase and disposal of 40 tons of hazardous chemicals.
- Diverted thousands of tons of demolition debris from landfills.
- Installed more than 50 acres of reflective roofing.
- Worked with suppliers to introduce several new PVC-free products to the market at
no additional cost.
- Sponsored the California Sustainable Hospital Forum, in which 400 architects, designers,
and engineers learned state-of-the-art green building techniques.
- Helped launch the
Global Health and Safety Initiative, which seeks to collaborate with others in the health
care industry, government, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to improve
workplace, patient, and environmental safety.
Zero exporting of e-waste. Zero e-waste sent to landfills.
As the nation's largest nonprofit health plan with more than 68 million square feet
of real estate, we are in a unique position to drive positive change. Our 10-year capital
plan is to build, replace, or renovate 27 hospitals and 100-plus outpatient care facilities.
Moreover, we recognize that the choices we make now will have a major impact for many years to
come. Total health starts in the design phase of each Kaiser Permanente hospital and medical
office building, and grows from there. Approaching the way we design, build, and maintain our
facilities with sustainability in mind allows us to enforce our commitment to spreading health
among our members, colleagues, communities, and planet.