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Kaiser Permanente Named Green Electronics Champion by EPA, Green Electronics Council
Date:10/2/2007

Recognition Highlights Kaiser Permanente's Commitment to Buying Green

OAKLAND, Calif. Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Green Electronics Council today recognized Kaiser Permanente as a "Green Electronics Champion" for its leadership in buying environmentally friendly computers. Kaiser Permanente was the only health care organization to receive the distinction for "Going Green" when buying electronic products.

The EPA, in conjunction with the Green Electronics Council, is recognizing organizations that have integrated its Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool into their procurement processes and have purchased EPEAT-registered computers in the past year. EPEAT is a rating system for buying computers, laptops and monitors that meet stringent environmental criteria. Over the past 12 months, Kaiser Permanente has purchased 55,271 desktop computers, 57,165 monitors and over 9600 laptop computers registered with EPEAT.

"As a health care company, Kaiser Permanente is well aware of the connections between environmental issues and human health," said Dean Edwards, vice president and chief procurement officer at Kaiser Permanente. "We are committed to environmental stewardship in all areas of our business and EPEAT has helped us reach our environmental and health goals."

Compared to traditional computer equipment, all EPEAT-registered computers have reduced levels of toxic chemicals, are more energy efficient and are easier to upgrade and recycle. In the first six months of EPEAT's existence, purchases of registered computers over conventional products nationwide have saved 13.7 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million U.S. homes for a year. These purchases have also prevented the release of 118,000 metric tons of water pollution.

The EPA distinction further illustrates Kaiser Permanente's commitment to the environment. Over the past year, the organization has been
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