Upcoming Webinars

  • Planning for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/20/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join Practice Greenhealth for a sharing call to hear what other hospitals and health systems are planning for their 50th anniversary Earth Day events.

    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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    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

  • Creative climate advocacy

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/12/2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    As the climate crisis worsens, health professionals are turning toward innovative forms of advocacy to demand immediate climate action to protect the health of their patients and our future.

    Health professionals have a vital role to play at this critical time by calling attention to the many ways climate change impacts health. In this webinar, you will hear from three clinicians about the innovative ways they are mobilizing health care colleagues, drawing attention to the health impacts of climate change, and redefining health professional climate advocacy in the era of the climate crisis. 

    Increasingly, health professionals are concerned about the climate crisis and are motivated to find ways to take effective action. As trusted messengers they have many opportunities to leverage their influence and expertise to advocate for climate policy solutions to protect health. However, given the urgency of the climate crisis, along with inadequate governmental action, health professionals are turning to nontraditional forms of advocacy, including civil disobedience, to demand immediate solutions to protect our future.

    Webinar participants will learn about innovative ways health professionals are taking action, including: 

    1. Demonstrating at Fire Drill Fridays
    2. Delivering inspirational “climate train talks”
    3. Forming nonviolent, clinician climate action groups with support from the Climate Disobedience Center
    4. Calling on their institutions to divest from fossil fuels

    Dr. Helena Clements

    Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust consultant general paediatrician and Women and Children’s Division clinical chair

    Clements is a pediatrician with interests in neurodisability and palliative care. She has lived in a zero-carbon housing development for the last 22 years, where she and her husband have raised three children. In the last year, she has used her role as a senior pediatrician as a platform to discuss the climate crisis in terms of a health crisis. She joined Doctors For Extinction Rebellion in London in October 2019, delivering her first climate train talk on the way.

    Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN

    Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments executive director and a certified nurse-midwife

    Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations to elevate environmental health issues, such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and sustainability in health care. She was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” that won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health. Huffling was the recipient of the 2018 Charlotte Brody Award, which recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

    Dr. Jim Recht

    Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance staff psychiatrist Massachusetts General Hospital clinical consultant

    Recht is a psychiatrist with clinical interests in substance use and the health effects of poverty, housing scarcity, and structural racism. Over the past several years, he has increasingly observed patients and their families struggling with climate change’s health harms. As a member of the Greater Boston chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, he has helped develop PSR’s climate change initiatives, and as a campus fossil fuel divestment advocate, he was a co-founder of Harvard Faculty for Divestment and the Boston All-Campus Divestment Collaborative. He is currently working with Boston-area physicians to explore possibilities for physician-organized, nonviolent civil disobedience to promote systemic policy changes needed to avert climate disaster.