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The Greening the OR initiative is an effort to coalesce the body of knowledge around sustainable practices in the OR, substantiate these practices with data and case studies, and develop guidance for implementation that can be shared across the sector. OR nurses are champions, and often the backbone of these programs across the country. Join us on this sharing call to discuss strategies for reducing waste and energy, realizing significant cost savings, and increasing efficiency, as well as staff and patient safety and quality of care.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the business case for environmental stewardship in the surgical department, describe the environmental footprint of the OR, and illustrate the linkages between the environment and human health.
  • Discuss the OR assessment process and the need for a team approach.
  • Highlight staff education, engagement and implementation plan — including barriers through case study and Practice Greenhealth Benchmark Report data demonstrating the benefits of green programs in an OR setting.
  • Guide participants to resources such as the Guidance Documents, Checklist, and Practice Greenhealth website as a means to identify current successes and opportunities.


Julie K. Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth
Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country's first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions.
Kaeleigh_pp.jpg Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement and Greening the OR Manager, Practice Greenhealth
Kaeleigh is a Member Engagement Manager for Practice Greenhealth, largely focusing on the Greening the OR Initiative. She oversees the education, training, communications, public relations, tools, resources and engagements relative to Greening the OR efforts. Kaeleigh works to assist, enhance and establish sustainable best practices within the OR suite, as well as oversees the Council for Environmentally Responsible Surgery.

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