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  • Introduction to the Environmental Excellence Awards (for first-time applicants)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/13/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Gain recognition for environmental achievements on a national stage while gathering data to support benchmarking, goal-setting, and impact assessment.

    The Environmental Excellence Awards program can assist hospitals in developing a comprehensive sustainability baseline while gaining recognition for environmental achievements on a national stage. Learn how participation in this Practice Greenhealth program can support and assess your organization’s sustainability journey. The application process identifies key metrics to measure sustainability performance, and helps delineate the environmental and financial impacts of your initiatives. Join us to hear how the awards program can benefit your hospital.

    Learning objectives

    • Discover the benefits of participating in the Environmental Excellence Awards for the first time.
    • Familiarize yourself with the application interface and the information and data required to apply for an award.
    • Learn about the different award levels and the scoring framework.

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn leads the sector performance team at Practice Greenhealth, where she works to develop and refine key performance metrics for sustainability in the health care sector while creating tools and guidance to support members in assessing, measuring, and benchmarking sustainability performance, impact, and return on investment. She is a subject matter expert on sustainable operations in health care and has been guiding hospitals and health systems on the development of customized sustainability and change management strategies for more than 20 years.

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  • EPA Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Rule update

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/07/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Introduction to EPA’s New Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Final Rule

    On February 22, 2019, EPA finalized tailored and streamlined standards for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that reduce the cost and compliance burden for the healthcare sector, while ensuring the safe management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. These changes provide regulatory certainty and national consistency on how the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to the reverse distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals while incorporating flexibilities to accommodate current business practices. 

    With this rule EPA is also taking a common-sense regulatory approach to the disposal of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., patches, gums and lozenges), which will no longer be considered hazardous waste when discarded.

    Join us for a webinar to learn more about these regulatory changes and how they will impact your healthcare facility.

    Please see EPA's website for this rule for more information and to access additional resources:

    1. The three primary components of the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Final Rule
    2. The ban on sewering hazardous waste pharmaceuticals
    3. The difference between reverse distribution and reverse logistics

    Kristin Fitzgerald

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Kristin has been with the U.S. EPA for eighteen years, working primarily on hazardous waste generator issues. Kristin started working with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) over twenty-five years ago, answering questions on the RCRA/Superfund Hotline. She holds a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University in New York and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia.

    Laura Stanley

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Laura has been an economist with the U.S. EPA for four years, working primarily on hazardous waste generator issues. She holds a B.S. in economics from James Madison University and an M.A. in economics from George Mason University.

    Brian Knieser

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Brian started at the U.S.  EPA in 2016 in the hazardous waste recycling and generator program.  Since then he has primarily worked on the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rulemaking, and implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rule. He has a B.S. from the College of William & Mary, and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Plant trees and improve health

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/31/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn from the Arbor Day Foundation and Cleveland Clinic on the importance of trees for health, and how health care organizations can be recognized for their efforts through the new Tree Campus Healthcare program.

    The relationship between trees and human health outcomes is a complex one. Yet research continues strengthened the case for expanding opportunities for urban residents to mitigate chronic health conditions through active experiences that feature trees, forests, and other natural settings.

    The U.S. Forest Service completed a research study that found trees are saving 850 lives annually and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. A recent study found that not all green space is created equal and a higher correlation of better health outcomes were associated with trees specifically. Come learn from the Arbor Day Foundation and Cleveland Clinic on why investing in trees can lead to better community health.

    Participants will learn:

    • about the program’s requirements for annual recognition.
    • how and why leading health care institutions invest in trees on and off campus for improved health.
    • from Cleveland Clinic’s experience and how a new recognition program fits into sustainability programs.
    • how to inspire participation by health care leaders and facility managers to apply for the program.

    Jon Utech

    Cleveland Clinic Office for a Healthy Environment senior director

    Jon E. Utech develops sustainability strategies to emphasize connection of environmental stewardship to Cleveland Clinic’s health care mission. He directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Utech has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of corporate sustainability program and renewable energy experience prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2013.

    Pete Smith

    Arbor Day Foundation urban forestry program manager

    Smith supports the community forestry programs such as Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA; the annual Partners in Community Forestry and Trees & Utilities conferences; Arbor Day Awards; and the Energy Saving Trees program. Prior to joining the Arbor Day Foundation in 2014, Smith spent 26 years with the Texas A&M Forest Service, completing his tenure as state coordinator for the Urban & Community Forestry program. He is a native of Philadelphia, a naturalized citizen of Texas, and currently resides in Lincoln, Neb.

  • How 2 Midwest hospitals are partnering with DOE to beat energy reduction goals

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/19/2019

    UW Health (Madison, Wis.) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.), members of the Better Buildings Initiative and Practice Greenhealth, have performed beyond their 20% reduction targets through engaging leadership and staff in sustainability.

    The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative supports partners in achieving their energy reduction goals. Find out how UW Health in Madison, Wis., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., beat their 20% reduction goals through leadership engagement, educating staff, and consistently measuring performance to verify the results. 

    Both health systems are also going beyond the target energy reduction and aim to reduce 30% by 2022 for UW Health and by 2025 for Mayo Clinic.

    This webinar is presented by Practice Greenhealth and Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative to provide a closer look from stakeholders who helped champion and measure energy reduction efforts.

    • Understand the tools available via the Better Buildings Initiative, which include water and waste resources.
    • Learn how to increase engagement for energy reduction with senior leadership and frontline employees.
    • Discover the details behind Mayo Clinic’s effort to educate 200 environmental champions and UW Health’s sustainability strategic plan. 
    • See how facility data and Practice Greenhealth’s Energy Impact Calculator translates savings into health data.

    Mary Evers Statz

    UW Health energy management and sustainability program director

    Evers Statz has been helping UW Health expand their sustainability efforts across a diverse portfolio of buildings since 2007. She helped champion a formal commitment to sustainability along with the system’s medical director of sustainability and CEO. She holds a master’s in sustainable management and helps various committees to progress sustainability across functional areas that include energy and water, resulting in seven buildings that meet or exceed the EnergyStar score of 75 and a formal goal to reduce water use intensity. Evers Statz has 25 years of design, construction, and facility management experience and is a member of ASHE, WHEA, AEE, USGBC, and ACHE.

    ​Amanda Holloway

    Mayo Clinic Office of Sustainability director

    Holloway has served as recycling coordinator and section head in facilities operations (overseeing waste management, recycling, and environmental services). In her current sustainability role, Holloway is guiding enterprise sustainability planning and strategy across the organization to advance Mayo Clinic’s goals in energy and waste reduction, water conservation, supply chain practices, the built environment, and employee engagement. She is currently pursuing a master of science degree in sustainable management.

    Allison Kirby

    Better Buildings health care expert, RE Tech Advisors

    Kirby has four years of experience in researching, developing, and supporting programs that increase the energy efficiency and sustainability performance of commercial real estate clients. At RE Tech Advisors, she serves as the account manager for over 30 health care organizations participating in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, convening peer-to-peer collaboration and developing resources to help them attain their sustainability goals. Kirby engages with a health care advisory board that uncovers sector barriers to energy efficiency and drives the development of solutions and the promotion of best practices to accelerate the energy efficiency of the health care sector.

  • Deriving value from your Benchmark Report Card

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Discover how Practice Greenhealth’s Benchmark Report Card can support you in evaluating and comparing your sustainability performance.

    Practice Greenhealth members invest considerable time and staff resources in submitting an award application. Beyond the recognition these hospitals receive, Practice Greenhealth works to ensure the data they submit is shared with each facility through an annual Benchmark Report Card.

    Knowing how to access and understand the performance metrics will allow a hospital or health system to contextualize its data compared to the larger awards data set, as well as set data-driven goals for the future. Join the Practice Greenhealth sector performance team to review the 2019 Benchmark Report Card and learn more about how to leverage this information to drive continuous environmental improvement.

    Join us to learn how to

    • Understand your 2019 report card
    • Leverage your sustainability performance data to drive organizational goal setting
    • Develop measurable sustainability goals using the report card and other Practice Greenhealth tools and resources

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin has been working in health care sustainability since he graduated from college. He focuses on measuring sustainability in the health care sector through data and building expertise in all content areas. He was named to GreenBiz's 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

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  • CleanMed 2019

    Contains 60 Component(s)

    The recordings from CleanMed 2019 are now available. All the concurrent sessions were recorded and are available for free to CleanMed full-conference attendees and Practice Greenhealth members.

    Thanks to all the attendees, volunteers, and leaders that made CleanMed 2019 May 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn. yet another success. The learning doesn't have to end when the conference does. Full-conference attendees and Practice Greenhealth members have free access to the recordings of CleanMed 2019 education sessions. For non-members who attended CleanMed 2019simply enter the discount code provided in your notification email. Explore the plenary and conference sessions delivered across tracks including leadership, climate & energy, waste management, green building, safer materials, greening the supply chain, and food.

    Did you miss the event, or were you unable to attend? This package is available for purchase for $299. You can access and download the presentation materials from most of the sessions held across the three-day event.

    Please note that all users must have a Practice Greenhealth account in order to access the content on Greenhealth Academy. You can request a Practice Greenhealth account here

  • Pharmaceutical waste: The latest from DEA and EPA

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for the latest updates on the EPA’s hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations and a review of Practice Greenhealth’s new guidance document for proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances.

    Practice Greenhealth worked with experts and stakeholders to create a brief guidance document and decision tree to help lead health care organizations through the proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances. Join us to review the document and examine the impact of the recently released EPA hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations on future management of controlled substance returns and wastage. Bring questions for expert guidance on managing this challenging waste stream while maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff, patients, and visitors.

    Webinar participants will:

    • Review the steps of Practice Greenhealth’s guidance to help health care facilities and providers through the legal management of controlled substances that are no longer needed.
    • Understand the change in DEA and EPA regulatory status of a controlled substance that is in inventory versus dispensed.
    • Learn about the EPA’s new hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rule and how and when it will impact controlled substance wastage and returns.

    Charlotte A. Smith, RPh

    Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, WM Sustainability Services

    Smith founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC, in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009, where she now works as senior regulatory advisor. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor.  Smith is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

  • How nurses can be hospitals’ climate champions

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Learn how to use the free resources in the Nurses Climate Challenge toolkit to educate health professionals on the health impacts of climate change and to recruit new climate champions within your hospital.

    Join Health Care Without Harm and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments for an interactive webinar about how nurses, sustainability leads, and other health professionals can use the Nurses Climate Challenge to build momentum for climate solutions in the health sector. Speakers will share the goal of the campaign and the successes to date, as well as provide information about how to effectively use the Nurses Climate Challenge’s many resources. You’ll hear about creative ways nurses across the country are using the resources to educate, inspire, and mobilize health professionals to take action on climate. Bring your own ideas, experiences, or questions to share.

    Participants will learn how:

    1. to effectively recruit nurses to the effort and how the national challenge can help support hospital sustainability goals.

    2. the resources can be used in different ways and in a variety of contexts to give effective presentations to colleagues.

    3. the campaign and resources can be leveraged to build momentum in the health sector for climate solutions.

    Cara Cook

    Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments climate change program coordinator

    Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC, focuses on elevating climate and health as a national priority by engaging nursing organizations and individual nurses in climate and health advocacy and education. Prior to joining Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Cook was a local care coordinator with Healthways-Sharecare Inc., coordinating care for high-risk patients in partnership with their primary care physicians as part of CareFirst’s patient-centered medical home program. She has experience in critical care nursing working in both medical and trauma intensive care.

    Shanda L. Demorest

    University of Minnesota School of Nursing clinical assistant professor, Nurses Climate Challenge project coordinator

    Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN, is a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and an executive board member of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society and a member of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Her current efforts involve educating health students and professionals on the health impacts of climate change and motivating them to take action, as well as working toward a more environmentally sustainable health care industry. Demorest has a doctoral degree in health innovation and leadership.

    Jessica LeClair

    University of Wisconsin School of Nursing clinical instructor

    Jessica LeClair, RN, MPH, is a clinical instructor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College. She began her career as a community health nurse for the Ho-Chunk Nation and in 2006 began working for Public Health Madison and Dane County, where she provided a range of public health service, while also working on population-level equity issues.

  • Going plant-centered for patients and planet

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join the growing number of hospitals and health systems reducing their food-climate footprint through changes in their menus and the Cool Food Pledge.

    Food production is a significant contributor to climate change, accounting for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Animal-based foods account for two-thirds of agricultural GHG emissions and more than three-quarters of agricultural land use, while plant-based foods have much lower environmental impacts. As people strive to make more healthy and sustainable food choices, they are becoming increasingly interested in plant-centered foods. Health care facilities can meet this demand and elevate their climate change strategies by reducing animal-based foods and increasing plant-centered options. This webinar will introduce the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals, universities, businesses, and cities offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how to participate in the Cool Food Pledge and how committing can benefit a facility’s triple bottom line.

    Gain insight on how:

    • Menu and food procurement choices affect the climate

    • Hospitals can achieve climate and health goals using the Cool Food Pledge

    • Plant-centered menus respond to consumer trends

    • Hospitals can participate in the Cool Food Pledge

    John Stoddard

    Health Care Without Harm New England regional coordinator

    John Stoddard, MS. is a New England Regional Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program. He works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions, with a specific focus on Connecticut and Massachusetts. In his role as Regional Coordinator, John works closely with Boston Medical Center, advising them on ways to increase their use of local and sustainable foods.

    John began his career in the waste reduction field, working with institutions and municipalities to decrease their landfill bound waste.  He is also a founder of Higher Ground Farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm located in the Seaport District of Boston. Higher Ground has been growing for 5 years, and sells fresh produce to restaurants and through a weekly farm stand. Higher Ground is managing the operations for BMC’s rooftop farm. John earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.

    Richard Waite

    World Resources Institute food program associate

    Richard Waite is an Associate in the Food Program of the World Resources Institute (WRI). He is an author of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, and works on two consumption-focused initiatives (Cool Food Pledge and Better Buying Lab) that bring together food providers, marketing and behavior change experts, and civil society partners to enable consumers to buy and eat more climate-friendly foods. Rich holds an M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations in Environment and Food Security, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

    Dan Henroid

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director

    Dan Henroid is University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director and serves as sustainability officer. His operational responsibilities include all patient dining, retail food services, catering and conference services, culinary services, inpatient and outpatient nutrition services, and retail services.

  • Earth Day celebration planning

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health, University of Washington Health Center, and others for ideas to enhance your Earth Day program.

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health and University of Washington Health Center for a discussion of successful Earth Day events and projects at hospitals and health systems. Learn what your organization can do to engage your staff and community in environmental stewardship for this year’s celebration on April 22.

    We’ll identify fresh ideas to celebrate Earth Day in health care settings, and you’ll be able to share your plans for engaging staff and community members.

    Mary Evers Statz

    UW Health energy management and sustainability program director

    Evers Statz has been helping UW Health expand their sustainability efforts across a diverse portfolio of buildings since 2007. She helped champion a formal commitment to sustainability along with the system’s medical director of sustainability and CEO. She holds a master’s in sustainable management and helps various committees to progress sustainability across functional areas that include energy and water, resulting in seven buildings that meet or exceed the EnergyStar score of 75 and a formal goal to reduce water use intensity. Evers Statz has 25 years of design, construction, and facility management experience and is a member of ASHE, WHEA, AEE, USGBC, and ACHE.

    Paul W. Kelley, CBET

    Washington Hospital director of biomedical engineering, the Green Initiative, and asset redeployment

    Paul W. Kelley, CBET, has led the green team at Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif., since their first meeting on 08/08/08 at 08:08 a.m. He also serves on the City of Fremont Environmental Sustainability Commission and the Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Group. Kelley is a member of the AAMI Sustainability Standards Committee where they are developing documents outlining important considerations in the area of medical devices and environmental sustainability.

    Tom J. Thompson

    UW Health sustainability specialist

    Tom J. Thompson brings more than a decade of health care sustainability experience to his new role at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Thompson previously lead sustainability initiatives at Gundersen Health System for 10 years .He has extensive experience working with regional sustainable foods, recycling, medical waste reduction, staff engagement, and community service/leadership. He enjoys working with many diverse cultures and incorporates those experiences and knowledge in his everyday life and work.