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{Past Event} - Green Operations Series: Drowning in Plastic: Eliminating Bottled Water in Healthcare

October 12, 2011 - 2:00 pm - October 12, 2011 - 3:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Water is the world’s most precious resource. Hospitals are one of the largest industrial users of water in most communities and purchase large inventories of bottled water for patients and staff. Based on efforts at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to optimize sustainability, costs, and patient satisfaction, this webinar will explore the life of drinking water in the hospital. Speakers will review the institutional distribution of water, provide an overview of the potential advantages and disadvantages of delivering bottled water with patient meal trays and explore sustainability considerations (including environmental, economic and social factors) in selecting drinking water distribution options. The webinar will be interactive to encourage participants to contribute their experiences and to explore challenges and solutions in this area relevant to their own institutions.


  • Become familiar with how water is distributed for drinking in the hospital
  • Understand clinical and operational concerns and challenges in water distribution
  • Review potential advantages and disadvantages of using bottled water in the hospital setting
  • Explore options for drinking water considering a variety of impacts


Jennifer Zumsteg, MD, University of Washington
Dr. Zumsteg is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician in the UW Medicine system. Her research is supported through the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) and seeks to improve sustainability in health care. She has a special interest in life cycle assessment, metrics in sustainability, and understanding how clinician preferences impact the natural environment.

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