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  • Long Term Care: Environmental Stewardship for Every Generation

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/15/2017

    Join Crystal Saric Fashant, Hermine Levey Weston, and Janet Howard for a FREE webinar to learn more about the ways in which environmental stewardship is being embraced by the long term care community, and listen as Dr. Fashant presents key points from her doctoral dissertation study, Environmental Performance in Long Term Care Facilities.

    Session Description

    Are you or your residents interested in greater environment stewardship at your retirement community, skilled nursing facility, long-term rehabilitation or behavioral health facility? Have you wondered about the marketing appeal that sustainable living may have to the baby boomers and other generations? Do you feel ready to partner with others to share knowledge and understand the unique challenges and opportunities that long term care facilities face when they attempt to lessen their environmental footprint and “go green”?

    If this sounds like you, please join Crystal Saric Fashant, Hermine Levey Weston, and Janet Howard for a FREE webinar to learn more about the ways in which environmental stewardship is being embraced by the long term care community, and listen as Dr. Fashant presents key points from her doctoral dissertation study, Environmental Performance in Long Term Care Facilities. You will learn about the ways that long term care facilities are (1) maintaining compliance with environmental regulations, especially pharmaceutical waste management; (2) reducing costs, (3) meeting the sustainability expectations of their parent organization, (4) increasing market competitiveness, (5) engaging stakeholders, and (6) improving patient outcomes, all through their environmental stewardship programs.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn the health and environmental benefits of establishing an environmental stewardship program in a variety of long term care settings.
    • Use the analysis of metrics to focus efforts for performance improvement relative to a variety of topics such as waste management and energy conservation. Make the connections to resident or client satisfaction with services provided by the organization.
    • Understand the role of data and setting measurable goals for improvement.
    • Learn several steps for managing pharmaceutical waste in long term care settings.

    Pricing

    Standard Price: FREE!
    Practice Greenhealth Member: FREE!
    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: FREE!

    Crystal Saric Fashant, MPNA, DBA

    Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN

    Dr. Crystal Fashant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Studies and Public Affairs at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. Prior to teaching, she worked in hospital/healthcare operations for nearly 15 years, managing sustainability programs and working on environmental stewardship initiatives and research within the health care sector. Her doctoral dissertation titled Environmental Performance in Long Term Care Facilities developed a model of environmental key performance indicators for the sector. She continues to work with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN and the University of Minnesota Technical Assistance Program as a Healthcare Sustainability Consultant.

    Janet Howard

    Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


    Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

    The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

    With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

    Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

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    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

    Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA

    Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA is Member Engagement Manager at Practice Greenhealth where she manages member accounts by providing support and technical expertise related to environmental and sustainability programs in health care settings. She is a health care professional with over 25 years of experience in health care quality management. Prior to joining the Practice Greenhealth team she was employed by the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Hermine developed the sustainability framework for improvement at this hospital and consulted with other community hospitals and nursing homes in Western Massachusetts regarding health care sustainability. For these efforts she was recognized as a Nurse Luminary whose members shine a light on environmental challenges in the diverse settings where they live and work. Hermine applied her healthcare experience while earning a Green MBA from Antioch University New England.

    Contact Information:

         Phone: 1-888-521-6664
         Email: hleveyweston@practicegreenhealth.org

  • Climate and Health: Using the EPA WARM Tool to Communicate the Environmental Benefits Associated with Material and Waste Management

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2017

    Join the EPA as they explain how you can use the WARM tool to measure material and waste diversion efforts on greenhouse gas reduction and communication to key stakeholders.

    Session Description

    As health care organizations develop climate strategies and set greenhouse gas reduction goals, they are increasingly looking to measure the impacts of waste reduction strategies and its role in achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets. The EPA’s WARM Tool calculates and totals Greenhouse Gas emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling. Further, a related EPA tool translates greenhouse gas reduction into readily understandable impacts, like number of cars removed from the road.

    Join the EPA as they explain how you can use the WARM tool to measure material and waste diversion efforts on greenhouse gas reduction and communication to key stakeholders.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn how waste contributes to greenhouse gas generation and its role in climate mitigation strategies.
    • Understand how to access and use the EPA WARM Tool for greenhouse gas tracking as it relates to material and waste management strategies.

    Pricing

    Standard Price: FREE! 
    Practice Greenhealth Member: FREE!
    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: FREE!

    Nathan Wittstruck

    US EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Nathan Wittstruck is an economist with the US EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. Before transitioning to the waste office’s measurement branch, he promoted sustainable materials management, worked on e-waste issues and helped develop voluntary consensus standards. Nathan also spent one year in the international branch supporting work on key environmental issues in the US-Mexico border region and with the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Currently, Nathan’s primary role is the management of the WARM tool, which includes stakeholder engagement and overseeing technical improvements to the tool. Before joining the EPA, Nathan gained international experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Bogota, Colombia. Nathan has a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Riverside.

  • Data 101 Series: How to Track Food Waste Reduction

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/09/2017

    Practice Greenhealth’s Less Food to Landfill Goal and Toolkit aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. There is an expectation for top performers to have an idea of how much food waste is headed to landfill each year (or incineration if that is the case) and work to reduce this amount, year after year. Join Janet Howard to review the protocol for an annual 24 hour capture of food waste generated to find a way to measure progress, without the hassle of continuous measurement.

    Session Description

    "Let's feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations," 

    -- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

    Practice Greenhealth’s Less Food to Landfill Goal and Toolkit aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.  There is an expectation for top performers to have an idea of how much food waste is headed to landfill each year (or incineration if that is the case) and work to reduce this amount, year after year.

    Join Janet Howard to review the protocol for an annual 24 hour capture of food waste generated to find a way to measure progress, without the hassle of continuous measurement.

    Janet will review the tools and resources available, the food waste streams and share resources to help your organization make progress in this very important intersection of population health, climate mitigation and waste minimization – and by the way – it reduces costs and has been documented to reduce the budget for food procurement!

    Key participants could include Sustainability lead, Food and Nutrition Champion, Environmental Services and Population Health team.  In the 2018 Environmental Excellence Award, food waste reduction will be scored and impact the quality of the overall score.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how Practice Greenhealth tracks food waste reduction for the awards program.
    • Understand why Food Waste Reduction is an important strategy for climate, population health and waste reduction goals.
    • Understand how to access Less Food to Landfill Tools and Resources. 

    Pricing

    Standard Price: $79
    Practice Greenhealth Member: FREE
    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: FREE


    Janet Howard

    Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


    Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

    The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

    With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

    Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

    ______________________________________________________________________

    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

  • What’s New on the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/08/2017

    Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for hospital achievement in environmental stewardship. Come and learn how your organization can gain recognition for all of the sustainability programs it is putting into place.

    Session Description

    Practice Greenhealth recognized its members with 602 Environmental Excellence Awards in 2017 and there’s no doubt that number will increase in 2018. If your institution is a repeat applicant for the Environmental Excellence Awards, come and learn about “what’s new” on the 2018 award applications. This session will highlight new content and the timeline for the 2018 awards season.

    Learning Objectives
    This session will
    • Introduce any new content on the 2018 Partner for Change application
    • Highlight the awards timeline and the deadline for submission
    • Outline opportunities for Practice Greenhealth support and technical assistance during the 2018 Awards season
    • Answer your questions on the application process

    * This is a Member ONLY event

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn manages the Sector Performance department at Practice Greenhealth where she oversees the development of an industry-wide set of performance metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success of health care sustainability programs and manages Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards program. DeLoach Lynn brings more than 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals. She has an MBA with a focus in corporate social responsibility and health care administration and is a LEED-accredited professional.

    Contact Info:

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

    Contact Info:

  • Data 101 Series: How to Conduct a Material and Waste Baseline

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/06/2017

    Join Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and former health care Waste Manager for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste.

    Session Description 

    Tracking materials and wastes is critical to any sustainability programming.  

    In order to submit a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award, hospitals are required to submit data on the types and amounts of wastes that are generated.  

    Award thresholds include a less than 10% Regulated Medical Waste rate and a minimum of a 15% recycling rate.  The award reviewers also require other waste reduction activities and some details on how hospitals achieved the targets.

    Join Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and former health care Waste Manager for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste.  Janet will provide a step by step approach to understanding and tracking each waste stream, as required by Practice Greenhealth.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how Practice Greenhealth defines material and waste stream categories.
    • Understand the importance of both the amount of waste and associated costs for prioritizing waste reduction strategies.
    • Identify the thresholds required for Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards criteria.
    • Recognize that waste and recycler haulers can support a hospital’s data collection needs.
    • Identify resources to help track materials and waste streams.
    • Understand the data collection requirements for both Environmental Excellence Awards and sector benchmarking.

    Pricing:

    Standard Price: $79
    Practice Greenhealth Member: FREE
    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: FREE



    Janet Howard

    Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


    Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

    The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

    With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

    Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

    ______________________________________________________________________

    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

  • Introducing the 2018 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards — for First-time Applicants

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/02/2017

    Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for hospital achievement in environmental stewardship. Come and learn how your organization can gain recognition for all of the sustainability programs it is putting into place.

    Session Description

    Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for hospital achievement in environmental performance. Come and learn how your organization can benefit from participating in the Environmental Excellence Awards process. From earning sector-wide recognition for your organization’s sustainability programs to gaining a better understanding of how you compare to peer hospitals, or identifying key areas of opportunity—the Environmental Excellence Awards can benefit your organization, no matter where you are in your sustainability journey.

    Learning Objectives
    This session will:
    • Introduce the benefits of participating in the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards
    • Highlight the awards account set up process and the deadline for submission
    • Provide guidance on how to select the right application for your organization and how to navigate the application
    • Answer your questions on how to get started

    * This is a Member ONLY event

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn manages the Sector Performance department at Practice Greenhealth where she oversees the development of an industry-wide set of performance metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success of health care sustainability programs and manages Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards program. DeLoach Lynn brings more than 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals. She has an MBA with a focus in corporate social responsibility and health care administration and is a LEED-accredited professional.

    Contact Info:

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

    Contact Info:

  • Making the Case to Leadership with Practice Greenhealth - November 2017

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/01/2017

    Most sustainability programs start from a variety of individuals from a variety of departments. There is no shortage of passionate people that have figured out creative ways to go green, often as volunteers and off their regular work hours. These programs will only bring a sustainability program so far. To get to the next level, leadership engagement is required. Practice Greenhealth has refreshed its engaged leadership challenge – consider it a prequel. The two-part goal starts with a step by step approach to help make the case to leadership for their support in taking departmental and pockets of success and using goals to create a foundation for a long term commitment.

    Session Description

    Most sustainability programs start from a variety of individuals from a variety of departments. There is no shortage of passionate people that have figured out creative ways to go green, often as volunteers and off their regular work hours. These programs will only bring a sustainability program so far. To get to the next level, leadership engagement is required. Practice Greenhealth has refreshed its engaged leadership challenge – consider it a prequel. The two-part goal starts with a step by step approach to help make the case to leadership for their support in taking departmental and pockets of success and using goals to create a foundation for a long term commitment.

    Join Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard for a review of the challenge goals, its associated tools and step by step guidance on how to use the Engaged Leadership challenge to do just that – engage leadership! Join us!

    Intended Audience

    Administration, Green Teams, Any individual trying to engage their leadership in sustainability initiatives.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the free Engaged Leadership Challenge and how it can be used to engage leadership
    • Review the Making the Case Worksheet, Champion Worksheet, Sharing Success Worksheet and Proposal Power Point template to facilitate making the case and your facility. 
    • Participate in discussion and get questions answered.

    Pricing

    Standard Price: FREE!
    Practice Greenhealth Members: FREE!
    Practice Greenhealth Subscribers: FREE!

    Janet Howard

    Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


    Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

    The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

    With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

    Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

    ______________________________________________________________________

    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

  • Data 101 Series: Healthier Food

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/26/2017

    Join Thresa Pattee to review the metrics and data collection requirements to track and report out on healthy food initiatives

    Session Description

    Practice Greenhealth’s Healthier Food aligns with the Health Care without Harm Environmental Nutrition Framework, which acknowledges that healthy food cannot be defined by nutritional quality alone. It is the end result of a food system that conserves and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and into the future.

    Join Thresa Pattee to review the metrics and data collection requirements to track and report out on healthy food initiatives.

    Thresa will review the healthier food goals, the measurements to track progress year over year and share resources to help your organization make progress in this very important intersection of population health, environmental health and community resilience.

    Key participants could include Sustainability lead, Food and Nutrition Champion, and Population Health team.  In the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards healthier food metrics include reduction in meat purchases, increase in sustainable meat purchasing, increase in local food purchases, increase in sustainable food purchases and increasing access to tap water and healthy beverages.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand how Practice Greenhealth tracks healthier food programs.
    2. Understand why Healthy Food is an important strategy to build sustainable food systems and community resilience.
    3. Understand how to access Healthier Food tools and Resources.

    Pricing

    Standard Price: $79
    Health Care Member: Free!
    Business Subscriber:Free!

    ​Thresa Pattee

    Food Program Coordinator, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm

    Thresa brings 10 years of experience working in broadline foodservice distribution sales with a focus on healthcare institutions. She also piloted the first Sustainability Specialist position at US Foods San Francisco and helped to bring environmentally driven purchasing forward in the company's culture. She received a B.A in Marketing and French from Portland State University and an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University. She recently moved back to her hometown of Bozeman, Montana where she enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing, and all that the beautiful Montana wilderness has to offer.

    Contact Info:

    tpattee@hcwh.org
    888-269-9869

  • Introduction to Practice Greenhealth - October 2017

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/18/2017

    To learn more about maximizing the value of your membership, join our monthly Practice Greenhealth overview and orientation for new and renewing members.

    Session Description:

    To learn more about maximizing the value of your membership, join our monthly Practice Greenhealth overview and orientation for new and renewing members. Bring your team and questions as one of our member engagement experts reviews (via presentation and on-line demonstration) the resources available with your Practice Greenhealth membership, and explores how they can be used to support and further sustainability priorities at your facility. An archived recording is always available. Start here and identify your next steps!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Align sustainability with organizational, professional missions.
    • Review member benefit resources and navigation/location on PGH website.
    • Identify 3 next step action items to take at your facility.

    * This is a Practice Greenhealth Member-only event

    Iqbal Mian, MSSM

    Member Engagement Manager

    Iqbal Mian, MSSM, Member Engagement Manager, manages a portfolio of health care members and develops content and resources on energy conservation, quality and various other topics. Iqbal received his master of science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Other degrees include Executive Masters of Business Administration International Studies Program and a bachelor's in Business Administration and Supply Chain & Operations Management. Iqbal is a Certified Building Operator, Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Facilitator Trained, ISO 14001 Internal Auditor and versed in Energy Benchmarking (Utilization, ENERGY STAR, LEED - HC, NC, EB).

    Since 2010, Iqbal led sustainability initiatives first at Affinity Health System, then Ministry Health Care (through expansion) and most recently as a member of Ascension Health. He has developed policy, toolkits, sustainability strategy and rolled out multiple initiatives including energy conservation across the 15 hospitals and 46 clinics within Ministry Health Care.

    Iqbal brings a passion for healthier environments, empowerment, multi-facility system organizing, creativity and fun. During his downtime he enjoys mountain biking, videography and family.

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    Contact Info:

    Iqbal Mian
    Email: imian@practicegreenhealth.org
    Phone: 866-329-5170

  • Better Bird: Egg-cellent sourcing criteria and practices

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/11/2017

    This webinar, featuring speakers from a variety of health care facilities, explores criteria and pathways for purchasing poultry and eggs raised without antibiotics.

    This webinar, featuring speakers from a variety of health care facilities, explores criteria and pathways for purchasing poultry and eggs raised without antibiotics.