Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge: How To Set up a Sustainability Internship at Your Facility

Recorded On: 01/19/2016


Did you know that many of today's health care sustainability coordinators started out as interns? Are you trying to implement sustainability initiatives when your plate is already filled? Are you challenged by not enough hours in the day to get the work done? Are you trying to engage leadership in creating a position at your facility?

Join Practice Greenhealth's Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Nancy Larson, Director of the K-state Pollution Prevention Institute for a review of Practice Greenhealth's new Sustainability Intern Toolkit and tips for sustainability internship success. Nancy will share successes from partnerships between Kansas State University and Via Christi around energy and water conservation as well as solid waste reduction.

Tackle the staffing challenge and create green jobs! Start up a sustainability internship at your facility.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the refreshed goals of the Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge and how it can be used to engage leadership.
  • Review the Sustainability Intern Toolkit to facilitate implementing an internship at your facility.
  • Participate in discussion and get questions answered.


Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement, Practice Greenhealth and Director, Healthier Hospitals
Janet Howard directs Practice Greenhealth's Member Engagement and the development of guidance documents, content, educational opportunities and a community of sharing best practices for the over 1,000 health care members. She also directs the free Healthier Hospitals program, a free program for those just getting started on environmental stewardship. Janet pioneered environmental interventions 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. You can read Janet's columns on her linked in page and follow her on twitter @janny14. Janet lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Nancy J. Larson, RS
Nancy Larson is director with the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute. Nancy has a B.S. in microbiology and environmental health, and is a registered environmental health specialist and a practical nurse. She has more than 30 years' experience in the environmental and public health arena, and has worked with K-State since 2000. She has experience working in all areas of industrial environmental compliance and source reduction, but specializes with the health care industry. In 2002, Nancy founded and led the Kansas Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and in 2006 began hosting the Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program.


Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge: How To Set up a Sustainability Internship at Your Facility
PowerPoint Slides
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Get Started Guide
How to Start a Sustainability Program Internship Guide You must register to access.
How to Guide
Engaged Leadership How to Guide You must register to access.