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While the health sector has made important strives in reducing it’s energy usage, are health systems and hospitals doing enough to address climate change, the biggest health threat of the 21st Century?

By itself, energy reduction is not enough. By looking at climate friendly investment strategies, hospitals have a unique opportunity to take major strives toward reducing carbon emissions.

This webinar will explore the potential for the health sector to take steps for creating fossil free portfolios and expanding clean tech investments. 

Objectives 

  • Discuss effects of climate change on human health
  • Discuss the relationship of energy consumption, emissions, and climate change.
  • Discuss and identify steps the health sector can take for creating fossil free portfolios.
  • Discuss and identify actions the health sector can take to expand it clean tech investments.

Presenters 

Laura Anderko, PhD RN, Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University.

Laura Anderko PhD RN holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. A Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Dr. Anderko earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois, an MS from Northern Illinois University, and a BSN from University of Illinois.

Thomas Van Dyck, CIMA®, Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor SRI Wealth Management Group | RBC Wealth Management,

Thomas has been a leader in the field of socially-responsible investing since starting at Dean Witter in 1983. In 1987, he founded Progressive Asset Management (PAM), a firm dedicated to socially responsible investing. At PAM, Van Dyck created the firm's shareholder advocacy program. Joining Piper Jaffray in 1997, he developed an investment management consulting team, now called the SRI Wealth Management Group, which moved to RBC Wealth Management in 2006. Van Dyck has authored numerous articles and studies on the economics of socially responsible investing. He has been actively involved in cleantech investing and was instrumental in developing Piper Jaffray'sCleantech Ventures private equity fund of funds strategy. Throughout his career, he has worked to encourage major pension funds like CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider issues such as divestment from South Africa and environmental investment strategies.

In April 2013, Thomas was named one of the Financial Times, Top 400 Financial Advisors. He was also a featured speaker during the TEDX WallStreet* program in 2012

Van Dyck is the founder of As You Sow*, a shareholder advocacy foundation, and is active with environmental groups, including Rainforest Action Network, Baykeeper, Bioneers and Earth Rights International. He is most proud, however, of his role of active parent to his two children. Van Dyck graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and is Series 7 and Series 66 licensed.

Moderator 

Gary Cohen, Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

Mr. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, established to help heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy. He is on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council and Health Leads. Cohen has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2011, he received an Environmental Merit Award from the EPA in recognition of exceptional work and commitment to the environment. 

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