CommonSpirit CEO to Co-Chair New Coalition in Support of Climate Action
“America Is All In” unites U.S. communities, businesses, and institutions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050
(CHICAGO, IL. – Feb. 19, 2021) – Today, the most expansive coalition of leaders ever assembled in support of climate action announced America Is All In, a partnership to drive society-wide change. Launched in response to America’s recent return to the climate deal known as the Paris Agreement, the coalition is led by U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg and co-chaired by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, and CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean.
“Environmental sustainability is core to our mission as health care providers and I’m honored to represent the health care industry as co-chair,” said Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health. “We will work with the Biden administration in support of a cleaner economy to protect the health of our patients, our people and our communities, and we will encourage other health care providers to think critically about their climate impact.”
Working across sectors and in collaboration with the federal government, the coalition will establish ambitious, yet achievable, science-based targets, including cutting U.S. emissions in half or more by 2030 from 2005 levels. In a signal of support for this transformative approach, America Is All In reissued a declaration signed by over 1,700 U.S. communities, businesses, and institutions to prioritize climate action in their own operations and work to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
As one of America’s largest nonprofit health systems, with 150,000 employees, 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites, CommonSpirit is committed to advancing environmental stewardship and promoting sustainable, resilient, and climate-smart health care across our 21-state footprint.
“Climate change has a direct impact on health and health equity – from access to clean air and safe drinking water to the effects of extreme weather,” said Dean. “These conditions contribute to a long list of health-related issues, from trauma and emergencies, to mental health, allergies, respiratory illness, and infectious diseases, and there is a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.”
The U.S. health care system contributes 10% of the nation’s carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants. CommonSpirit has steadily reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing reliance on renewable energy sources. Over the past decade, CommonSpirit’s operations in California, Arizona and Nevada cut overall energy use by nearly one-fifth, increased renewable energy by 20%, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one-third. Initiatives have included improving lighting and ventilation systems to make them more energy efficient and significantly reducing use of plastic.
“We use our buying power to change the marketplace and promote greener, healthier, more sustainable products,” said Dean, “We eliminated over 11 tons of single-use plastic by working with one of our vendors to make a small change to one of our most commonly used surgical supplies. When scaled across the industry, even small changes will help us realize our shared goal of a healthy, prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future.”
About CommonSpirit Health
CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2020, CommonSpirit had revenues of $29.6 billion and provided $4.6 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at www.commonspirit.org.