Upcoming Webinars

  • Plant trees and improve health

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/31/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn from the Arbor Day Foundation and Cleveland Clinic on the importance of trees for health, and how health care organizations can be recognized for their efforts through the new Tree Campus Healthcare program.

    The relationship between trees and human health outcomes is a complex one. Yet research continues strengthened the case for expanding opportunities for urban residents to mitigate chronic health conditions through active experiences that feature trees, forests, and other natural settings.

    The U.S. Forest Service completed a research study that found trees are saving 850 lives annually and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. A recent study found that not all green space is created equal and a higher correlation of better health outcomes were associated with trees specifically. Come learn from the Arbor Day Foundation and Cleveland Clinic on why investing in trees can lead to better community health.

    Participants will learn:

    • about the program’s requirements for annual recognition.
    • how and why leading health care institutions invest in trees on and off campus for improved health.
    • from Cleveland Clinic’s experience and how a new recognition program fits into sustainability programs.
    • how to inspire participation by health care leaders and facility managers to apply for the program.

    Jon Utech

    Cleveland Clinic Office for a Healthy Environment senior director

    Jon E. Utech develops sustainability strategies to emphasize connection of environmental stewardship to Cleveland Clinic’s health care mission. He directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Utech has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of corporate sustainability program and renewable energy experience prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2013.

    Pete Smith

    Arbor Day Foundation urban forestry program manager

    Smith supports the community forestry programs such as Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA; the annual Partners in Community Forestry and Trees & Utilities conferences; Arbor Day Awards; and the Energy Saving Trees program. Prior to joining the Arbor Day Foundation in 2014, Smith spent 26 years with the Texas A&M Forest Service, completing his tenure as state coordinator for the Urban & Community Forestry program. He is a native of Philadelphia, a naturalized citizen of Texas, and currently resides in Lincoln, Neb.

  • EPA Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Rule update

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/07/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Introduction to EPA’s New Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Final Rule

    On February 22, 2019, EPA finalized tailored and streamlined standards for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that reduce the cost and compliance burden for the healthcare sector, while ensuring the safe management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. These changes provide regulatory certainty and national consistency on how the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to the reverse distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals while incorporating flexibilities to accommodate current business practices. 

    With this rule EPA is also taking a common-sense regulatory approach to the disposal of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., patches, gums and lozenges), which will no longer be considered hazardous waste when discarded.

    Join us for a webinar to learn more about these regulatory changes and how they will impact your healthcare facility.

    Please see EPA's website for this rule for more information and to access additional resources:


    1. The three primary components of the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Final Rule
    2. The ban on sewering hazardous waste pharmaceuticals
    3. The difference between reverse distribution and reverse logistics

    Kristin Fitzgerald

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Kristin has been with the U.S. EPA for eighteen years, working primarily on hazardous waste generator issues. Kristin started working with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) over twenty-five years ago, answering questions on the RCRA/Superfund Hotline. She holds a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University in New York and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia.

    Laura Stanley

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Laura has been an economist with the U.S. EPA for four years, working primarily on hazardous waste generator issues. She holds a B.S. in economics from James Madison University and an M.A. in economics from George Mason University.

    Brian Knieser

    U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

    Brian started at the U.S.  EPA in 2016 in the hazardous waste recycling and generator program.  Since then he has primarily worked on the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rulemaking, and implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rule. He has a B.S. from the College of William & Mary, and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Introduction to the Environmental Excellence Awards (for first-time applicants)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/13/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Gain recognition for environmental achievements on a national stage while gathering data to support benchmarking, goal-setting, and impact assessment.

    The Environmental Excellence Awards program can assist hospitals in developing a comprehensive sustainability baseline while gaining recognition for environmental achievements on a national stage. Learn how participation in this Practice Greenhealth program can support and assess your organization’s sustainability journey. The application process identifies key metrics to measure sustainability performance, and helps delineate the environmental and financial impacts of your initiatives. Join us to hear how the awards program can benefit your hospital.

    Learning objectives

    • Discover the benefits of participating in the Environmental Excellence Awards for the first time.
    • Familiarize yourself with the application interface and the information and data required to apply for an award.
    • Learn about the different award levels and the scoring framework.

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn leads the sector performance team at Practice Greenhealth, where she works to develop and refine key performance metrics for sustainability in the health care sector while creating tools and guidance to support members in assessing, measuring, and benchmarking sustainability performance, impact, and return on investment. She is a subject matter expert on sustainable operations in health care and has been guiding hospitals and health systems on the development of customized sustainability and change management strategies for more than 20 years.

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