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{Past Event} - Evidence-based Teamwork: Creating High Performance Green Teams in Healthcare

November 21, 2008 - 3:30 pm - November 21, 2008 - 3:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


A firm reporting structure and diverse green team (or alternative committee) are critical in continuous environmental quality improvement. Learn the who what where when why of effective team management for greening your organization.

Takehome Value

  • The five stages all work groups (aka “teams”) go through, their key indicators, and time involved.
  • How understanding this can lead to greater productivity, better outcomes, stronger group cohesion, less stress, and enable leaders to readily adapt as a group matures.
  • Which “green” community tendencies undermine great teamwork, and which ones help. What should you do and avoid?
  • How all this can be useful in making your facilities greener, healthier more socially equitable places.
  • How green teamwork can prevent or reduce cost over-runs, and enhance high-performance green building projects, in which high levels of system integration are needed to fully meet their creators’ intent and the owners and occupants’ needs.
  • The many organizational benefits of a green team beyond the environment
  • How to develop a strategy to win senior leadership support to create and sustain an ongoing green team
  • What defines a multi-disciplined green team and why it is important to have key stakeholders at the table
  • How to start where you are and develop a strategy for tracking, monitoring and reporting on your team’s progress

Points To Include

  • What would the optimal reporting structure look like in a health care environment?
  • How large or small should a green team be?
  • How does the team decide what to do first or next?
  • How does the committee maintain momentum?
  • How does a team measure it’s effectiveness?
  • What tools are available through Practice Greenhealth?


Paul Lipke, Room to Maneuver
Paul Lipke, is President of Room to Maneuver, and Senior Advisor for Energy and Buildings for Health Care Without Harm
He co-founded the not-for-profit Sustainable Step New England, co-created Practice Greenhealth’s Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange, and assists HCWH’s Boston Region Campaign. Paul studied under and has co-taught with internationally known teamwork expert Dr. Susan Wheelan, who works extensively advancing teamwork on the clinical side of healthcare. Paul completed the nation’s first ever research project on green team development in high performance building, with a special emphasis on healthcare. He is widely known for his interactive teaching of teamwork, sustainable practices and strategic questioning.

Mary Larsen, Practice Greenhealth
Telephone: 866/698-3336
Mary Larsen is currently a Manager of Sustainable Operations with Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Prior to joining Practice Greenhealth, Mary worked for 17 years in hospital operations, most recently as the Director of Material Operations at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH), a 600 bed facility located in Park Ridge, IL. Mary has extensive experience in procurement, supply chain management, clinical product value analysis, and green team leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mundelein College and a Master of Science in Public Services Administration from DePaul University. In Mary’s role at ALGH she participated in the design and construction planning phases of the 192-bed tower project and was the chair of the hospital’s green team, and a member of the system-wide green council. The A LGH green team facilitated environmental improvements which include increasing the hospital’s recycling rate from 12% to 18% annually, implementing reusable sharps containers which save approximately 14 tons of plastic from going to landfill every year, virtually eliminated mercury throughout the facility, and received national recognition as a Partner for Change three years running from Practice Greenhealth. In her current role as a Manager of Sustainable Operations at Practice Greenhealth, she works with hospitals across the nation to support, educate, and motivate their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of delivering health care.

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