In 2012, Kaiser Permanente pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020. With several major renewable energy projects scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, Kaiser Permanente expects to reach its goal by 2017 — three years ahead of schedule. Kaiser Permanente is one of the top users of solar power in the U.S. and has a long history of working with manufacturers to remove harmful chemicals from the products it purchases and to make healthier products more widely available to consumers. In 2016, Kaiser Permanente announced it's ambitious environmental goals for 2025 that include becoming carbon positive, buying only sustainably produced food and sending zero waste to landfills. The new long-term goals build on the health care organization’s longstanding environmental-stewardship commitment, and will further align its business practices with its purpose of helping people and communities thrive.