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Gillette Children’s Takes Bold Steps to Combat Climate Change

June 22, 2022

Gillette Children’s has signed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) pledge to lower greenhouse gas emissions and build a more climate-resilient infrastructure. The pledge calls for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050. 

Hospitals are some of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases and account for 8.5% of total U.S. emissions. That is why Gillette is partnering with Practice Greenhealth to identify and implement practices and processes that will improve energy efficiency, enhance sustainability procurement, and reduce waste. 

“Gillette is committed to Zero Harm, and that includes the harm a health care system creates with greenhouse gases. We recognize that we must do our part to combat climate change, which is why we are proud to sign on to the HHS pledge,” said Micah Niermann, MD, Gillette Children’s Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Medical Director, who also serves as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change. “Climate change affects everyone, but there are many communities who are disproportionately affected, including the patients we serve at Gillette,” continued Niermann. 

Gillette understands the links between our environment, communities and patient health. Because advocacy is part of Gillette’s care model, the health system will continue to seek collaborative solutions to combat climate change. 

About Gillette Children’s: Gillette Children’s is a global beacon of care for patients with brain, bone and movement conditions that start in childhood. Founded in 1897, Gillette collaborates with patients, families and medical partners to redefine what’s possible for children with complex medical challenges through clinical leadership, research and global advocacy.