One of the Nation’s Largest Health Systems Takes the Climate Pledge

By path2positive

Big things are happening. And when big things happen, big leaders follow. On Friday, Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest health systems, announced that it will adopt the Paris Pledge for Action. This pledge was pulled together during the recent United Nations climate talks in Paris. Dignity Health also recently announced that it plans to divest from a number of its coal shares, and attempts to be wiser about how it invests in the future. Like other leading health institutions, such as the network of providers and hospitals within Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, Dignity Health sees contradiction in caring for people while polluting the planet. With a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers - including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics - they recognize the power that they have in not only reducing their carbon footprint, but in setting the stage for others to follow.

Dignity Health to Support World’s First Universal Climate Change Agreement

BusinessWire I December 17, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems, today announced it will adopt the Paris Pledge For Action, the world’s first universal climate change Pledge for Action, which was prepared during the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France. This comes on the heels of Dignity Health’s recent announcement to restrict future investments in thermal coal companies, including divesture from a number of current holdings in the industry. The health system also strengthened its advocacy efforts by directly engaging with portfolio managers to include environmental sustainability into their investment decisions.

“This landmark pledge is closely aligned with Dignity Health’s healing mission, which recognizes the impact of climate change as a significant public health issue,” said Sister Susan Vickers, RSM, vice president of corporate responsibility, Dignity Health. “Dignity Health is proud to have attended COP21 and solidified our unwavering commitment to improving sustainability and public health by signing the L’Appel de Paris.”

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