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Kaiser Permanente integrated sustainability into the operations of its organization and uses the lens of health for purchasing and supply chain management, new construction and renovations, policy and advocacy, community benefit integration, formal reporting, communications and much more. Learn how Kaiser Permanente created a structure to support continued environmental improvement with a top-down, bottom-up approach to aligning sustainability with their other strategic priorities.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Kaiser Permanente's committee structure for providing both oversight and continuous support of environmental short, term and medium goals.
  • Understand how environmental stewardship is embedded into the mission of Kaiser Permanente.
  • Recognize how sustainability success has been realized at Kaiser Permanente and how they set BOLD goals for the future.


Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving more than 10 million members, and a recognized leader in environmental stewardship. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing the environmental program for the organization. She is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization's 190,000 employees and physicians.

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