CM14E4-First Responder: Health Care Leadership for a Sustainable World

Session Description 

Climate change is an issue that directly links environmental and human health and the health care industry has a unique responsibility to lead in this important global issue. The presentation will outline a set of external and internal engagements designed to address climate change risks. At the public level, there is a firm commitment to reducing energy intensity through the Better Buildings Challenge. The organization is engaged in a regional policy initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative. Mitigation is spearheaded by a comprehensive energy measurement and reduction strategy to reduce lighting, HVAC, office equipment, cooking equipment and clinical equipment within operations. We have employed innovative approaches to reducing our transportation carbon footprint and are piloting an innovative program in the United States to recycle anesthesia gas, a potent greenhouse gas currently being vented by the health care industry. Climate change presents a range of health human risks and this talk will also address potential impacts of climate change on human health. As an organization, we are looking at our capacity to be a first responder to the pressing issue and the broad set of challenges an evolving climate brings to health care.


Jon Utech, Senior Director, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic | Marc Petre, PhD, Executive Director, Clinical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic | Sumita Khatri, MD, Co-Director Asthma Center, Cleveland Clinic | Larry Rubin, CPE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, Senior Director, Cleveland Clinic | James Meola, MS, CPS, Director of Emergency Management, Cleveland Clinic


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CM14E4-First Responder: Health Care Leadership for a Sustainable World
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