“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan
Green is the color of life, of health, and of natural beauty and wonder. Our values inspire us to take responsibility for our actions and the impact that we make on our precious earth. Here are some of our sustainability efforts:
Waste Management & Recycling
All of our locations feature separate trash and recycling, whether or not it is required by the local governmental authority. We train our staff to separate the two and to minimize waste that will end at a landfill. We recycle any paper and/or mail received at our locations.
Photovoltaic Systems (Solar)
Over 75% of our locations in the United States are now supported 100% by solar energy and at all of our locations we have put enough solar to be net-neutral or positive to reduce our impact and dependency on the electrical grid.
Our offices are “paperless” except for items that are required to be stored in a hard copy. We offer digital leases for our storage tenants as well as electronic medical records for our patients. Digital versions of a patient’s paper chart are kept in a manner that is easy to share with other healthcare providers such as laboratories and specialists. Each of our locations have state-of-the-art scanners that help make this transition seamless and efficient.
Promoting a Plant-Based Diet
As physicians, our founders have always promoted the long-term benefits of a plant-based diet. They have helped over 500 people transition to a plant-based diet. Eating a vegetarian diet means 2.5X less carbon emissions for the planet as well as a plethora of health benefits.
We mitigate for any biological impact that a new development will make. While we understand it’s not always 1:1, we have always supported mitigation and land banking to protect the environment.
All of our locations have been fully converted to LED lighting. All of our fluorescent fixtures have been recycled and all new projects will be full LED. Not only does LED lighting save power, but they are more efficient and last longer.
Digital Mailing Lists
Our customers and patients opt-in to our digital mailing list. We only send legally required documents by mail.
By 2025, we plan to completely electrify our fleet of vehicles to minimize our carbon footprint.
Reducing Plastic Waste
We have eliminated all bottled water for customers and instead encourage our customers to bring their own stainless steel water bottles.