As Pope Francis reminds us in his 2015 encyclical on climate change, "The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life."
In this interconnected world, we all need to do our part to protect the health of the planet and everyone on it. The U.S. health care system, in particular, has a major role to play. Collectively, health care in this country generates 10 percent of all greenhouse gases produced in the United States.
That's why Providence St. Joseph Health is committed to operating more sustainably. Our goal is to consume 30 percent less energy by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It's part of our vision to promote health for a better world. Learn more about the steps we're taking to reduce our impact on the environment and improve the health of our communities.
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Rod Hochman is president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, a national, Catholic, not-for-profit health system, comprising a diverse family of organizations serving Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.Follow on Twitter More Content by Rod Hochman