Integrating sustainable purchasing into your health system

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


Webinar: Integrating sustainable purchasing into your health system
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. If prompted, the event password is: MHdZ8fetq45 Live event: 08/11/2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.