Gary Cohen and Robin Guenther Present: Get Started on Climate and Health

Session Description

Sponsored by the Health Care Climate Council*, this webinar will introduce the three pillars of climate resilience - mitigation, adaptation, and leadership. Jon Utech from Cleveland Clinic will give a brief overview of the Health Care Climate Council and why Cleveland Clinic has developed a formal climate strategy and joined the Climate Council. Health Care Without Harm Co-founder Gary Cohen and Robin Guenther of Perkins+Will then team up to deliver the most relevant examples of why health care should be taking action on climate and health. Additionally, they will introduce an overview of the 2016 webinar series that will cover the three pillars and provide tools to get to work on this important topic.

*Established by Health Care Without Harm, the Health Care Climate Council is a leadership network of hospitals committed to strengthening the health sector's response to climate change. Learn more here.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the three pillars of health care climate resilience: mitigation, adaptation and advocacy within the restorative framework.
  • Learn how you can join leading systems like Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Partners and work with HCWH and the HCCC on climate and health.
  • Know where to find resources on climate and health on the Practice Greenhealth website.


Gary CohenGary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. A McArthur Fellow, Gary has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to be environmentally sustainable.

Jon UtechJon E. Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis connection of environmental stewardship to our healthcare mission. Jon directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, Climate Resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and Reporting. Jon manages relationships with the EPA, DOE, OHA, City of Cleveland and EIMC to support these programs. Jon earned his MBA and MPOD from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in History at Dartmouth College. Jon is also an Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University and CWRU teaching sustainability strategy. Jon 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.

Robin GuentherRobin Guenther is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare" in 2010. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, with Gail Vittori in May 2013. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business." She led the Mazzetti-Perkins+Will team, one of two winning entrants in the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition.


Get Started on Climate and Health
60 Minutes Live event: 12/16/2015 at 3:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.