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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 praised for its green building initiatives, which include the use of environmentally sound construction techniques and materials. Kaiser Permanente also was recently recognized as the first health care organization to certify its greenhouse gas emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry, distinguishing itself as a Climate Action Leader(TM).

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit; group practice prepayment program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of more than 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 156,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 13,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter.

About the U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest office and the Green Electrics Council

The EPA's Pacific Southwest office works to protect public health and the environment in the southwestern United States (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii). EPA Region 9 also works with 147 federally recognized tribes in the Pacific Southwest, and with trust territories and former territories in the Pacific Ocean.

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) partners with environmental organizations, government agencies, manufacturers and other interested stakeholders to improve the environmental and social performance of electronic products. Its main project is to promote and implement the EPEAT green computer standard. Additional information on GEC is available at http://www.greenelectronicscouncil.org.

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