Introduction to sustainability governance

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Establishing good governance is critical for advancing sustainability. Good governance promotes clarity, accountability, and transparency, and allows human, natural, economic, and financial resources to be managed efficiently. While governance does not guarantee a strong foundation, its absence severely limits a sustainability program’s success and can, at worst, impede it. Join this session to learn the basics of sustainability governance including core documents, structures, staffing, stakeholders, and resourcing.

How to take climate action through Plant-Forward menus

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Plant-forward menus reduce greenhouse gas Scope 3 emissions while maintaining customer and patient satisfaction. Practice Greenhealth partners will share how small changes to their menus have resulted in significant reductions in emissions. Also, learn how plant-forward menus are more inclusive, increase choices for eaters, and realize cost and health benefits. We will share additional details about how Practice Greenhealth can support your hospital in meeting food-climate goals.

Sustainability governance forum

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This session will provide Practice Greenhealth partners with a forum to share their experiences developing the elements of effective sustainability governance. Facilitators will guide participants through discussions focused on key processes, such as how to use stakeholder mapping to inform sustainability program structures and strategies to build trust with stakeholders from a system-level perspective.

Introduction to data & goal setting

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By collecting and analyzing data on a wide range of factors – including energy and resource use, GHG emissions, waste, supply chain performance, and more – hospitals can generate the deep insights they need to guide their sustainability initiatives and improve their resource efficiency. Measurement is one of the keys to management, and data empowers leaders to make decisions based on facts, trends, and statistics. Join this session to learn about goal setting, data governance, and developing baseline data.

Data & goal setting forum

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This session will provide Practice Greenhealth partners with a forum to share their experiences developing data baselines, creating goals, and establishing successful sustainability strategies. Facilitators will guide participants through a series of interactive exercises on developing cascading goals in alignment with your organization’s mission and establishing data baselines for securing leadership support. Partners will share strategies and tools, resources, and technology they have used to establish performance measures and manage this information.

Introduction to securing leadership support

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Sustainability programs that align with organizational priorities will gain senior leadership’s support and lead to long-term success. The vast majority of top-performing health organizations have an executive-level champion at the top of their sustainability reporting structure. This brings credibility and authority to a sustainability program, setting a tone from the top that this work is important, and so is resourcing it. Acquiring leadership support can sometimes be a tall order. Join this session to learn how to prepare a pitch to executive leadership and which channels of appeal and communication skills can help advance sustainability beyond awareness to action with this critical audience.

How-to guidance for conducting a complete GHG inventory | Scope 3 (Categories 4, 6, 7, 9)

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Join our expert Keith Edgerton for quick, digestible advice on calculating a complete greenhouse gas inventory. Bring your questions to this 75-minute real-time solutions forum and get ready to learn new tips and tricks from other Practice Greenhealth partners. No matter where you are on your journey, these sessions are for you. This month will focus on Scope 3 categories 4 (upstream transportation and distribution), 6 (business travel), 7 (employee commuting), and 9 (downstream transportation and distribution).

Securing leadership support forum

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This session will provide Practice Greenhealth partners with a forum to share their experiences obtaining leadership support for sustainability program success. Facilitators will guide participants through an interactive exercise to practice using environmental hooks along with mission alignment and operational benefits channels of appeal. Partners will exchange ideas and their experiences navigating barriers in the process of securing leadership support.

Introduction to creating a culture of sustainability

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Change happens through people. A successful sustainability program builds a culture that embodies its environmental mission within the assumptions and beliefs of its staff – sustainability then becomes everybody’s job. Further, engaged staff are often willing to play a role in interorganizational collaboration, influencing the supply chain and other key stakeholders. Join this session to learn about stakeholders, communication tools, proven engagement practices, clinical engagement, and how to avoid pitfalls.

Creating a culture of sustainability forum

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This session will provide Practice Greenhealth partners with a forum to share their experiences engaging staff to amplify sustainability program success. Facilitators will guide participants through a series of interactive exercises, exploring how to adapt employee engagement strategies that have proven successful in other departments to sustainability issues, what engaged really means, and strategic stakeholder partnering, organizing, and delegating.

Food service cohort session: Using plant-forward menus & the Coolfood Pledge to reduce Scope 3 emissions

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Plant-forward menus reduce a hospital’s Scope 3 emissions while maintaining customer and patient satisfaction. In this cohort session, facilitators will engage participants in a discussion and an interactive exercise with Practice Greenhealth partners to illustrate effective strategies for success.

How-to guidance for conducting a complete GHG inventory | Scope 3 (Categories 5, 11, 12, 15)

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Join our expert Keith Edgerton for quick, digestible advice on calculating a complete greenhouse gas inventory. Bring your questions to this 75-minute real-time solutions forum and get ready to learn new tips and tricks from other Practice Greenhealth partners. No matter where you are on your journey, these sessions are for you. This month will focus on Scope 3 categories 5 (waste generated in operations), 11 (use of sold products), 12 (end-of-life treatments of sold products), and 15 (investments).

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