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Kaiser Permanente Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Commitment to Protecting Environment
Date:4/16/2009

Award Honors Environmental Leaders in Western States

OAKLAND, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Kaiser Permanente today for its commitment to environmental protection at the agency's 11th annual awards ceremony in San Francisco.

The EPA's Environmental Achievement Award program seeks to recognize individuals and organizations working in several western states to protect and preserve the environment.

"We are honored the EPA has recognized Kaiser Permanente for our efforts to create healthier communities and a healthy environment," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "We believe that good corporate citizenship starts with a strong focus on environmental stewardship. And we are dedicated to sustainability and social equity, as we believe these have direct, positive effects on individual and community health."

As a global leader in sustainability, Kaiser Permanente is:

  • Promoting walking and biking - Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiatives build parks and bike paths to promote physical activity and reduce air pollution.
  • Hosting farmers' markets - To reduce car trips to shops and increase access to locally grown produce, Kaiser Permanente hosts 30 farmers' markets at its facilities in six states.
  • Opening environmentally friendly hospitals - Kaiser Permanente opened a medical center in Modesto, Calif. in 2008, featuring solar panels, energy-conserving technology, permeable pavement, and safer materials. The hospital's electronic health record system, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM) reduces the need for paper records.
  • Conserving water - Between 2006 and 2008, Kaiser Permanente's California hospitals used an average of 107,143 gallons of water per bed per year, which is 20 percent less than the av
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