Starting or Growing a Sustainability Internship Program

Recorded On: 01/25/2018

Session Description

Join this call to learn about a sustainability internship model that can help maximize work product and intern satisfaction.

Anna Weinroth Ward, HCA’s director of sustainability, will outline the sustainability muti-intern program model she created and discuss case studies with details on how to get value for the program for interns and leaders.

A successful internship program should: 1. provide structure, access to experts, and mentorship for technical and soft skills. 2. allow the interns to gain confidence in their abilities to contribute to a sustainability program. 3. include an organization’s culture. Interns often begin their involvement with sustainability through varying educational pathways and experiences. A multiple intern program can use this as an advantage and leverage the varying backgrounds through discussions among interns.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand a methodology to maximize the use of time – yours, your organization’s, and the interns’ – when leading a multi-intern sustainability program.
  2. Gain practical tips that have worked on what to do in advance, during, and after a multi-intern sustainability program closes for the summer.
  3. Understand how to have a program that results in collaborative and independent work from multiple interns, with different skill levels, and different knowledge about sustainability.

Standard Fee: $79.00
Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

Anna Weinroth Ward

HCA Healthcare, Director of Sustainability

Anna Weinroth Ward identifies and implements sustainability solutions in support of HCA’s enterprise-wide sustainability plan and comprehensive program of environmental sustainability to promote energy and water conservation, green buildings, and increase recycling and environmentally conscious purchasing. Anna created HCA’s multi-intern model for sustainability interns. Her model engages and empowers participants, including masters’ candidates and undergraduate students without previous experience in health care sustainability. She has led nine interns in the program.

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.


Contact Info:

Email: (T): 866.598.2110

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