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{Past Event} - How To Series: Climate Change: Operations

April 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm - April 18, 2008 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


This session enables attendees to describe the three facets of a carbon neutral hospital. Learn how to use EPA tools to track and measure hospital facility carbon emissions. Describe how hospitals can use on-site solar without capital costs. How should hospitals respond to climate change? Since hospital buildings are more energy intensive than most, is it a realistic goal for healthcare institutions to become carbon neutral? What does it mean? What does it cost? And what strategy should you use to get there? Clark Reed’s presentation will describe why going carbon neutral is a smart and healthy business decision for hospitals everywhere.


Clark Reed has eighteen years experience in the public policy arena. Mr. Reed has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. since 1997. As the Director of the Healthcare Facilities Division for ENERGY STAR®, he plans, coordinates, and oversees support for EPA’s 600 participating hospitals. He has coordinated EPA’s efforts to establish a national energy performance rating system for acute care hospitals and directs efforts to expand the rating system to other healthcare facilities. He serves on the steering committees of the Green Guide for Healthcare and on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Healthcare application guide. He writes regularly on energy issues for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Mr. Reed received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington, and a Masters in Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Ron Kampling, Mercy General Hospital
Ron Kampling is the Director of Guest Services at Mercy General Hospital and has 19 years of healthcare experience. Within his organization, Ron has provided leadership and support to promote environmental stewardship by improving waste management and promoting clean air practices. His leadership has resulted in his organization receiving H2E’s Partner in Change award in 2004 and Making Medicine Mercury Free award in 2007. Since 2005, Ron’s efforts to promote alternative employee commuting options have been awarded with the EPA’s “Best Workplace For Commuter” designation. Over the past three years, Ron programs more than doubled the number of employees who leave their cars at home daily. Each day more than 20% or 350 employees participate in Commuting Options Programs established in 2004. In 2007, Ron created the Mercy Cycling Club for Mercy employees, physicians, and their families as a means to promote cycling as a healthy lifestyle. Today, the club boasts over 100 members. As the Executive Director of the cycling club Ron has established himself as respected community environmental leader. He serves as a member of the City of Roseville Bike Trail Task Force, the Sacramento Bike and Pedestrian Study Group, the City of Sacramento Community Shuttle Advisory Committee and a volunteer steward of the American River Parkway Foundation. Besides promoting the positive benefits of cycling, Ron lives every day by example as he commutes to work by bike 45 miles roundtrip.

Kai Abelkis, Boulder Community Hospital
Telephone: 303-440-2265
Kai has been the Sustainability Coordinator for Boulder Community Hospital since 1999. Boulder Community Hospital’s environmental policy reflects the community’s value of stewardship and responsibility. Boulder Community Hospital has implemented many environmental initiatives that not only minimize our footprint, but also save the hospital money. Boulder Community Hospital is proud to be part of a growing choir of voices that believe a healthy environment equals healthy community.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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