HHI Series: Sustain The Success - Creating A Sustainability Strategic Plan

Session Description 

When you embark on a journey, using a map to chart the course and reach your desired destination is smarter than aimlessly meandering. If your sustainability program is ready to go to the next level and sustain the successes already gained, it's time to think about defining a vision of how the program will mature and develop over at least the next five years. A strategic plan for sustainability illuminates the path, identifies key milestones on the path and guides an organization to make adjustments in direction along the way in response to a changing environment. Learn the key elements of a strategic plan which can shape and direct where your organization wants to take sustainable thinking and alignment with the organization's mission and vision. By infusing focused goals, tactics, strategies and accountability, a sustainability strategic plan can ensure everyone in the organization are on the same path progressing toward the same destination.

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify key elements to include when building a sustainability strategic plan.
  • Learn how to take vision and build it into action.
  • Learn how to find key alignment with your organization's long term vision.
  • Learn about key indicators of success to include in a sustainability strategic plan.


Mary Larsen, System Manager, Environmental Stewardship, Advocate Health Care 

Mary has held several leadership positions in hospital operations at Advocate Health Care, including extensive experience in supply chain management. For two years, Mary served as a director of sustainable operations at Practice Greenhealth, working with hospitals across the U.S. to develop and implement programs to reduce waste, enhance patient and worker health and safety, and create cultures of conservation. Mary currently holds the position of System Environmental Stewardship Manager at Advocate, the largest integrated health system in the state of Illinois. Her role is responsible for leading a comprehensive sustainability program, including goal setting, measurement and reporting, education and training, and establishing and implementing best practices in sustainable health care operations. Advocate is one of the country's top ten health systems and one of eleven founding sponsor health systems of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Mary's educational background includes a BS in Accounting from Loyola University, and an MS in Public Services Administration from De Paul University.

Seema Wadhwa, Director of Program Management, Healthier Hospitals Initiative. 

Seema is the Director of Program Management for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. She is also the Director of Sustainability at Urban Ltd. and serves as the Director of

Sustainability for Inova Health System, an HHI sponsor comprised of hospitals, nursing homes, emergency- and urgent-care centers, assisted-living communities and community health and wellness programs.

Seema is responsible for the creation and adoption of sustainable management practices at Inova Health System. Prior to her role with Inova Health System, Seema spent several years managing engineering design projects. Seema’s industry experience extends to advising about best practices in green building and enabling a sustainable approach to the design and implementation of health care projects. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. 


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Leadership/Advocacy Series: Sustain The Success - Creating A Sustainability Strategic Plan
60 Minutes Live event: 11/13/2014 at 2:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.
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