Great Lakes region

Virtual cohort group


Hospital and health system sustainability professionals from across the upper Midwest (primarily IL, IN MI, MN, OH, WI) share region-specific experiences and tips where climate, natural resources, and auto and agriculture industries may present barriers and opportunities to innovation and impact.

Target audience: Sustainability leads and other personnel located in the Great Lakes region mentioned above

Level: All (Beginners to advanced)


Matthew Pietro Facilitator:
Matthew Pietro

“I really enjoyed the personal connection between cohort peers, a lot of the time my sustainability job is a lonely one.” 
– Cohort participant

A dozen hospitals from across the Great Lakes region meet quarterly to grow their network. Below are some of the facilities represented in the cohort:

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • Allina Health System
  • Aspirus 
  • HealthPartners
  • IU Health
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Michigan Medicine
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • OSF Healthcare 
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Spectrum Health
  • SSM Health 
  • UW (University of Wisconsin) Health


2022 Schedule

February 7, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Community collaborations 

Discussion questions:

  1. How is your organization engaging with community partners? 
  2. How does your organization prioritize which community partners to engage with? 
  3. What are examples of outcomes that have been realized by your organization & a community partner collectively?
May 2, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Rural, community, and critical access hospitals 

Discussion questions:

  1. What are the particular needs of rural, community, and critical access hospitals? 
  2. How does your organization strategize the implementation of system-wide sustainability initiatives at rural, community, and critical access hospitals? 
  3. What are the barriers to sustainability initiatives at these facilities your health organization has encountered, and how have you overcome them?
August 1, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Resilience in water: Availability and quality

Discussion questions:

  1. What aspects of water resilience are prioritized in your community?
  2. What are your organization's primary concerns related to water resilience, availability, and quality in the near term?
  3. How has your team justified financial expenditures related to water quality and/or efficiency upgrades?
November 7, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Transportation emissions

Discussion questions:

  1. How has your organization justified prioritizing transportation as an area of focus? 
  2. What have been the most effective strategies to reduce transportation emissions at your organization and what has been the impact? 
  3. What role has data collection served in your transportation initiatives? 

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