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  • Integrating sustainable purchasing into your health system

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    Kaiser Permanente and Advocate Aurora Health are applying the many tools and strategies outlined in the new sustainable procurement guide for health care. Hear how these health systems are building sustainable procurement into their purchasing.

    Participants will learn what it takes to build a successful sustainable procurement program, framed by the new sustainable procurement guide produced by Practice Greenhealth and Health Care without Harm. The comprehensive guide, designed specifically for health care, is the first of its kind. 

    Leading health systems will share examples in applying sustainability to procurement to achieve healthy outcomes, including reducing carbon, waste, and toxicity. They’ll also discuss opportunities and challenges in weaving sustainability into purchasing and how they set goals, monitor, and report on financial savings from sustainable procurement.

    Mary Larsen

    Advocate Aurora Health environmental affairs and sustainability director

    Larsen leads the Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) system’s environmental sustainability initiatives, driving sustainable operations, green building and environmentally preferable purchasing best practices, community partnerships and AAH team member engagement. Her extensive experience in health care administration includes nearly 25 years of leadership in hospital-based operations and enterprise-wide supply chain and support operations.

    Elizabeth Eldridge

    Kaiser Permanente director of sustainable sourcing

    As director of sustainable sourcing for Kaiser Permanente’s Impact Spending program, Eldridge is responsible for developing and executing the sourcing sustainability strategy component of Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health spend optimization vision. She and her team also deliver contextual business intelligence to both internal and external stakeholders in support of Impact Spending’s diversity, sustainability, and economic impact goals. 

    Health care sustainability and procurement professionals will learn:

    • 10 components to build a successful sustainable purchasing program
    • Best practices in procurement to reduce carbon, waste, and toxicity, all while saving money
    • Solutions to sourcing and purchasing challenges with examples from two leading health systems

  • Planning for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/26/2020

    Join Practice Greenhealth for a sharing call to hear what other hospitals and health systems are planning for their 50th anniversary Earth Day events.

    Earth Day is 50 this year, and the theme is climate action. Join Practice Greenhealth for a sharing call to hear what others are planning for their 50th anniversary Earth Day events. By partnering with others, Earth Day activities can connect your organization with the greater community and demonstrate its commitment to healthy people on a healthy planet. Learn about Practice Greenhealth’s call for videos to capture the passion and action of individuals who want to demonstrate their commitment.

    • Gather and share ideas for activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020.
    • Hear how organizations have connected to their community for an enhanced Earth Day experience.
    • Join the global campaign to share your voice about the importance of climate action and Earth Day Activities

    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.

    John Leigh

    Virginia Mason Medical Center sustainability director

    John has more than 25 years of experience in environmental sustainability and waste management. In his current role at Virginia Mason Medical Center, he collaborates with operational leaders and external partners to develop and drive the health system’s sustainability program across multiple domains, including energy, food, waste, and public policy. His previous experience includes 14 years leading the sustainability programs and waste operations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and 10 years coordinating programs in the EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. Leigh also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Benin, West Africa, promoting fuel-efficient mud stoves.

    Mersedeh Shahrazad-Schmidt, RD

    Providence Regional Medical Center Everett nutrition services director

    Shahrazad-Schmidt has been worked health care for a number of years, serving Providence for 21 years with oversight of a multi-campus operation totaling more than 650 beds.  She enjoys jazz, good wine, Persian food and is currently writing a cookbook.

    Janet Howard (Moderator)

    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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    Email: (T): 866.598.2110

  • Creative climate advocacy

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/12/2020

    As the climate crisis worsens, health professionals are turning toward innovative forms of advocacy to demand immediate climate action to protect the health of their patients and our future.

    Health professionals have a vital role to play at this critical time by calling attention to the many ways climate change impacts health. In this webinar, you will hear from three clinicians about the innovative ways they are mobilizing health care colleagues, drawing attention to the health impacts of climate change, and redefining health professional climate advocacy in the era of the climate crisis. 

    Increasingly, health professionals are concerned about the climate crisis and are motivated to find ways to take effective action. As trusted messengers they have many opportunities to leverage their influence and expertise to advocate for climate policy solutions to protect health. However, given the urgency of the climate crisis, along with inadequate governmental action, health professionals are turning to nontraditional forms of advocacy, including civil disobedience, to demand immediate solutions to protect our future.

    Webinar participants will learn about innovative ways health professionals are taking action, including: 

    1. Demonstrating at Fire Drill Fridays
    2. Delivering inspirational “climate train talks”
    3. Forming nonviolent, clinician climate action groups with support from the Climate Disobedience Center
    4. Calling on their institutions to divest from fossil fuels

    Dr. Helena Clements

    Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust consultant general paediatrician and Women and Children’s Division clinical chair

    Clements is a pediatrician with interests in neurodisability and palliative care. She has lived in a zero-carbon housing development for the last 22 years, where she and her husband have raised three children. In the last year, she has used her role as a senior pediatrician as a platform to discuss the climate crisis in terms of a health crisis. She joined Doctors For Extinction Rebellion in London in October 2019, delivering her first climate train talk on the way.

    Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN

    Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments executive director and a certified nurse-midwife

    Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations to elevate environmental health issues, such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and sustainability in health care. She was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” that won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health. Huffling was the recipient of the 2018 Charlotte Brody Award, which recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

    Dr. Jim Recht

    Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance staff psychiatrist Massachusetts General Hospital clinical consultant

    Recht is a psychiatrist with clinical interests in substance use and the health effects of poverty, housing scarcity, and structural racism. Over the past several years, he has increasingly observed patients and their families struggling with climate change’s health harms. As a member of the Greater Boston chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, he has helped develop PSR’s climate change initiatives, and as a campus fossil fuel divestment advocate, he was a co-founder of Harvard Faculty for Divestment and the Boston All-Campus Divestment Collaborative. He is currently working with Boston-area physicians to explore possibilities for physician-organized, nonviolent civil disobedience to promote systemic policy changes needed to avert climate disaster.

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

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    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 brings more than 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals. She develops programmatic content and builds industry-wide metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success and impact of health care sustainability programs. She also oversees Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards program.

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  • Plant trees and improve health

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/31/2019

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.