Kaiser Permanente Environmental Leader Makes the Case for Hospitals to Help Heal the Planet

In a newly released book, “Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet”, Kaiser Permanente’s environmental stewardship officer, Kathy Gerwig, explores a universal paradox of health care: As hospitals deliver life-saving care to individuals, their substantial environmental footprint can often be detrimental to environmental and community health.

“Greening Health Care” examines the intersection of health care and environmental health, analyzing failures and describing the revolution that is currently underway to fix them. From the health implications of climate change to creating a healthier food system and minimizing hospital waste, Gerwig provides a clear picture of what is happening now in the movement to green health care and what we can expect in the future.

Check out the video below to learn more about Kaiser Permanente's efforts to green health care.