Upcoming Webinars

  • Going plant-centered for patients and planet

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/26/2019 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    Join the growing number of hospitals and health systems reducing their food-climate footprint through changes in their menus and the Cool Food Pledge.

    Food production is a significant contributor to climate change, accounting for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Animal-based foods account for two-thirds of agricultural GHG emissions and more than three-quarters of agricultural land use, while plant-based foods have much lower environmental impacts. As people strive to make more healthy and sustainable food choices, they are becoming increasingly interested in plant-centered foods. Health care facilities can meet this demand and elevate their climate change strategies by reducing animal-based foods and increasing plant-centered options. This webinar will introduce the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals, universities, businesses, and cities offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how to participate in the Cool Food Pledge and how committing can benefit a facility’s triple bottom line.

    Gain insight on how:

    • Menu and food procurement choices affect the climate

    • Hospitals can achieve climate and health goals using the Cool Food Pledge

    • Plant-centered menus respond to consumer trends

    • Hospitals can participate in the Cool Food Pledge

    John Stoddard

    Health Care Without Harm New England regional coordinator

    John Stoddard, MS. is a New England Regional Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program. He works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions, with a specific focus on Connecticut and Massachusetts. In his role as Regional Coordinator, John works closely with Boston Medical Center, advising them on ways to increase their use of local and sustainable foods.

    John began his career in the waste reduction field, working with institutions and municipalities to decrease their landfill bound waste.  He is also a founder of Higher Ground Farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm located in the Seaport District of Boston. Higher Ground has been growing for 5 years, and sells fresh produce to restaurants and through a weekly farm stand. Higher Ground is managing the operations for BMC’s rooftop farm. John earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.

    Richard Waite

    World Resources Institute food program associate

    Richard Waite is an Associate in the Food Program of the World Resources Institute (WRI). He is an author of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, and works on two consumption-focused initiatives (Cool Food Pledge and Better Buying Lab) that bring together food providers, marketing and behavior change experts, and civil society partners to enable consumers to buy and eat more climate-friendly foods. Rich holds an M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations in Environment and Food Security, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

    Dan Henroid

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director

    Dan Henroid is University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director and serves as sustainability officer. His operational responsibilities include all patient dining, retail food services, catering and conference services, culinary services, inpatient and outpatient nutrition services, and retail services.

  • Earth Day celebration planning

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/27/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health, University of Washington Health Center, and others for ideas to enhance your Earth Day program.

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health and University of Washington Health Center for a discussion of successful Earth Day events and projects at hospitals and health systems. Learn what your organization can do to engage your staff and community in environmental stewardship for this year’s celebration on April 22.

    We’ll identify fresh ideas to celebrate Earth Day in health care settings, and you’ll be able to share your plans for engaging staff and community members.

    Mary Evers Statz

    UW Health energy management and sustainability program director

    Mary Evers Statz leads the energy management and sustainability efforts throughout the UW Health system, which includes seven hospitals and over 80 clinics in south-central Wisconsin and northern Illinois and serves more than 600,000 patients each year. She is responsible for the corporate vision and strategy to make UW Health more environmentally friendly. Evers Statz drives strategies to create more efficient processes, measures and tracks overall energy and waste data, works to implement energy sourcing and saving measures, and enables a more environmentally sustainable operation by working with stakeholders across UW Health’s 1,500 physicians and 16,500 staff. She has more than 25 years design, construction, and facility management experience with extensive experience in medical and research buildings.

    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.

    Tom J. Thompson

    UW Health sustainability specialist

    Tom J. Thompson brings more than a decade of health care sustainability experience to his new role at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Thompson previously lead sustainability initiatives at Gundersen Health System for 10 years .He has extensive experience working with regional sustainable foods, recycling, medical waste reduction, staff engagement, and community service/leadership. He enjoys working with many diverse cultures and incorporates those experiences and knowledge in his everyday life and work.

  • Pharmaceutical waste: The latest from DEA and EPA

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/26/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for the latest updates on the EPA’s hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations and a review of Practice Greenhealth’s new guidance document for proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances.

    Practice Greenhealth worked with experts and stakeholders to create a brief guidance document and decision tree to help lead health care organizations through the proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances. Join us to review the document and examine the impact of the recently released EPA hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations on future management of controlled substance returns and wastage. Bring questions for expert guidance on managing this challenging waste stream while maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff, patients, and visitors.

    Webinar participants will:

    • Review the steps of Practice Greenhealth’s guidance to help health care facilities and providers through the legal management of controlled substances that are no longer needed.
    • Understand the change in DEA and EPA regulatory status of a controlled substance that is in inventory versus dispensed.
    • Learn about the EPA’s new hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rule and how and when it will impact controlled substance wastage and returns.

    Charlotte A. Smith, RPh

    Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, WM Sustainability Services

    Smith founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC, in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009, where she now works as senior regulatory advisor. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor.  Smith is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.