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University Hospitals Health System is a Northeast Ohio academic health system affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.  UH’s sustainability journey grew organically out of advocacy from clinical staff and employees and regional momentum around sustainable development and anchor institutions’ support for locally sourcing goods and services.  UH’s Office of Sustainability was established in 2010 – since that time, a leadership structure has been established to engage stakeholders systemwide in effecting culture change to embed triple-bottom-line thinking into UH’s business practices.  This year, UH is aligning sustainability priorities around the Healthier Hospitals Initiative; this has been an effective way to advance sustainability as a quality improvement initiative and to expand the group of leaders actively engaged as sustainability champions.  In this presentation, Aparna Bole, UH’s systemwide Sustainability Manager and a practicing pediatrician, will share key successes and challenges in UH’s sustainability journey, as well as sharing UH’s strategy for engagement in the HHI.


Aparna Bole, MD, Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals/ Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Aparna Bole, MD is the systemwide Sustainability Manager for University Hospitals and a pediatrician at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  She originated the Sustainability Manager role in 2010, and is charged with building a multidisciplinary sustainability program at UH that engages leaders across the system and focuses on waste reduction, energy management, green building, sustainable procurement, and education & outreach.  As a practicing pediatrician at Rainbow, she continues to be active in patient care and pediatric resident and medical student education.  In her dual roles, she is particularly interested in the relationship between sustainability and pediatric public health.

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