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Kaiser Permanente honors Earth Day with e-waste collection drive, countywide initiatives

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Kaiser Permanente San Diego is partnering with Goodwill Industries of San Diego County to host an e-waste collection drive on Thursday, April 19 from 6-10 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. at 4405 Vandever Ave. in San Diego.

The public is invited to bring old computers, laptops, electronics, kitchen or home equipment, digital devices of all kinds or documents to be shredded. The event is part of a larger collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill held in conjunction with Earth Day. E-waste collections will also be occurring at Kaiser Permanente facilities from San Diego up to Bakersfield, April 13-27.

"Since 2007, we have been able to prevent thousands of pounds of harmful electronic waste from going into local landfills," said Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and executive director at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. "Through our partnership with Goodwill Industries we are able to be environmental stewards that are creating healthy communities."

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve the health of the communities it serves, Kaiser Permanente installed a total of 11 megawatts of solar generation capacity at 11 facilities throughout California, becoming one of the largest healthcare photovoltaic installations in the country today. This year, Kaiser Permanente became the first hospital in San Diego County to go live with solar power by installing nearly 5,000 photovoltaic solar panels above the parking lot of the San Diego Medical Center on Zion Avenue. The panels produce a quarter of the hospital’s annual power supply; enough to provide electricity to 1,000 homes for one year.

The San Diego Medical Center is the second Kaiser Permanente facility in San Diego to generate its energy from the sun. The La Mesa Medical Office Building installed nearly 5,000 photovoltaic solar panels over its parking structure, producing 1 megawatt of electrical power which accounts for 75% of its power.

Kaiser Permanente’s investment in solar power statewide will reduce the organization’s reliance on the public power grid and help it diversify its energy sources. The organization plans to expand its on-site renewable energy generation to 15 megawatts over the next 12 to 24 months, with the addition of Fuel Cell technology and other renewable and clean energies. The 15 megawatts of solar power will produce an average of 10 percent of the electricity at each of the facilities, which also include the Vallejo Medical Center in Northern California, and medical offices in Lancaster and La Mesa. This is enough to provide electricity for about 15,000 homes a year.

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