Planning for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

Recorded On: 03/26/2020

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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Planning for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary
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