SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 23, 2019 –Kaiser Permanente is proud to be the Premier Sponsor of the 9th San Francisco Green Film Festival (Green Film Fest) for the seventh year in a row, which focuses this year on housing and habitat loss.
“We are excited to once again sponsor San Francisco’s own environmentally focused film festival,” said Kirk Kleinschmidt, public affairs director, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.
“Its focus on organic food, alternative energy, housing, and sustainable transportation are issues that are very important to Kaiser Permanente.”
The festival’s theme of Home aligns with Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improve people’s health, by addressing housing stability and homelessness through community investments and initiatives. This unique strategy advances Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its 12.2 million members along with the health of the 68 million residents living in the communities we serve.
“Kaiser Permanente has been an essential partner for us since we were in our early years,” said Rachel Caplan, founder and CEO, Green Film Fest. “Without the organization’s support, we wouldn’t be where we are today – holding our opening night at the Castro Theater and hosting a series of films addressing the connection between sustainability, health, and the community.”
For the fifth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente is the Opening Night Sponsor of the festival and is also being acknowledged as the Premier Sponsor for the week-long event. The Green Film Fest provides an opportunity for Kaiser Permanente to be highlighted as a green organization, from constructing LEED-certified buildings, to supporting community gardens and tree plantings, to maintaining a commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint. Since the first year sponsoring the film festival, Kaiser Permanente has participated on panels, often featuring Community Benefit and Community Relations leaders.
“We’re very proud that Kaiser Permanente is a national leader when it comes to environmental protection,” said Kleinschmidt. “The Green Film Fest is a fun, visual, community-focused way for the organization to tell its story and show its commitment.”
The Green Film Fest is just one of many Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco greening efforts, some of which include support for Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) tree plantings and an urban orchard managed by FUF at its Geary Campus; and volunteer gardening days at over 30 partner community gardens, located everywhere from the Sunset District to the Tenderloin to the Bayview.
For more than 12 years, Kaiser Permanente has joined forces with the SF Rec and Parks Department, supporting seasonal events, local recreation centers, and holding its annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk in Golden Gate Park.
Kaiser Permanente also has a robust partnership with the SF Botanical Garden, supporting the summertime series, Bean Sprouts Family Days, and the very popular Flower Piano events, where both formal concerts and impromptu playing is encouraged at pianos placed throughout the Botanical Garden. This year, Kaiser Permanente started its Yoga in the Park event in conjunction with the Flower Piano event.
Sustainable modes of transportation are also part of Kaiser Permanente’s green efforts. It has sponsored Walk SF and the SF Bicycle Coalition, both of which seek to transform San Francisco into a safer place for people to walk and bike to work, home, or school.