At DaVita, environmental stewardship is ingrained in our business practices. We aggressively pursue solutions that reduce our environmental footprint without compromising patient care. Each year, our teammates raise the bar for conservation, stewardship and sustainability measures in our now nearly
3,000 dialysis facilities and offices.
Water is an extremely valuable resource and one that is used extensively in the dialysis process. Our biomedical team is working on a multiple-phase project to optimize the amount of water used in the dialysis process. Since the project launched in 2013, we have saved over 470 million gallons of water, which is equivalent to over 712 Olympic swimming pools.
The average American has three broken and/or used cell phones at home. DaVita has teamed up with Cellular Recycler to recycle the Village’s used and broken phones. In 2014, Healthcare Partners teammates across the country began recycling old cell phones. For every cell phone recycled, an average of $7 is donated to The DaVita Village Trust. To recycle your phone to benefit future kidney screenings and medical missions, email VillageGreen@davita.com.
In 2007, Village Green was created to ensure the DaVita Village was continuously improving how we care for the world around us. The program’s main goal is to reduce the environmental impact of our operations—in both dialysis centers and business offices—while educating teammates and patients on why these changes are important and what they can do to help.
Teammates across the Village share this responsibility and work to integrate conservation efforts into our daily operations. Since the inception of Village Green, the Village has made significant strides toward accomplishing our goal to be a leader in sustainable healthcare. DaVita formalized its environmental commitment in 2010 and in 2011, nearly 2,000 teammates voted to determine DaVita’s 2015 Environmental Goals, which have since driven our strategy and encouraged innovation from teams across the Village. In the years since, we have made great progress toward realizing these goals to help reduce our environmental impact. As we approach the evaluation of this first set of environmental goals, we are committed to seeking new solutions as well as building upon our existing programs to further our environmental stewardship.
Village Green has expanded to the HealthCare Partners division as well. HealthCare Partners in Colorado Springs constructed a new energy-efficient medical office in 2014 for primary and urgent care with geothermal heating and cooling and motion-sensor lighting.
What our Village has accomplished thus far has been remarkable, and the impact we can have is evident. But we have much more to do. Our aggressive Environmental Goals speak to our philosophy of continuous improvement. We cannot achieve these goals without the collaboration and passion of our teammates across the country. As our sustainability program continues to grow and evolve along with our Village, one thing will never waver—our commitment to environmental leadership.