Children’s Health on Friday announced a path to becoming the nation’s largest user of renewable energy among pediatric health systems by July of next year.
The initiative, which was developed alongside its retail energy provider TXU and consulting firm Bridgevue Energy Services, will attribute a quarter of its energy use to renewable sources. The energy will come from a mix of solar and wind. It will make Children’s Health the largest consumer of renewable energy among pediatric health providers and the second among all health systems, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Our mission is to make life better for children, and we have a responsibility to help give children the right start in a healthy environment,” Durovich said in a statement. “Reducing our carbon footprint directly contributes to that mission and leaves a healthier planet for future generations.”
The total electricity use generated from renewable sources is estimated to be 22,500 megawatt-hours. Children’s says it’s equivalent to removing more than 16 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment each year. Children’s Health says it will source this amount of renewable energy through June 2023.