Learn How WE ACT to Become Carbon Negative by 2030

Health care is one of the largest industries in our country, with thousands of hospitals, clinics, care sites and operations. It accounts for 10% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Our Mission and values compel us to be good stewards of our resources and a model of stewardship. As a leader in health care, Providence is doing its part in making significant strides in minimizing our carbon footprint and becoming carbon negative by 2030.

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WE ACT: Our framework to becoming carbon negative

To achieve our goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030, Providence created the WE ACT framework, focused on: 

Waste reduction and segregation
Energy and water efficiency and conservation and the use of more renewable energy
Agriculture and food that is healthy, local, sustainable and low-waste 
Chemical reduction 
Transportation that is less polluting  

On our way to becoming carbon negative by 2030, we will first focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the following sources: 

  • Natural gas, diesel and fuel oil 
  • Anesthetic agents
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Purchased electricity and steam
  • Waste
  • Business travel
  • Employee commuting

Reduction in these sources of GHG emissions will amount to a target reduction of more than 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2021, and a target reduction of more than 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. 

Rethinking our operations to achieve our carbon-negative goal

We will be reducing impact on the planet in part by making environmentally sound decisions in our operations: 

  • We will reduce GHG emissions through responsible procurement and contracting practices in our supply chain 
  • We will reduce energy use and waste through efficient data management in Information Services 
  • We will reduce food waste and encourage local and sustainable foods and use energy and water-efficient equipment in our Food & Nutrition departments 
  • We will address everyday decisions clinicians make in care delivery that contribute to our environmental stewardship goals

See our progress in reaching our carbon negative goal

On Earth Day, 2020, we announced our plans to become carbon negative by 2030. See our progress to date:

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