While the numbers convey a dire situation, the nature of the problem is also such that healthcare organizations now have an opportunity to take the lead in a transformative period of decarbonization. If carried out with a strong sense of responsibility, healthcare’s role could lead to a positive ripple effect across a number of allied sectors. And there’s ample evidence to suggest that healthcare organizations have, and continue to be, constructive changemakers. Some prominent examples include Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic, both of which have launched comprehensive sustainability roadmaps with recent records of significant reductions in their carbon footprint. Kaiser Permanente‘s operational emissions have fallen by 29% since 2008; the Mayo Clinic‘s energy consumption has decreased by 20% since 2020 alone.