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{Past Event} - Leadership Series: Building a Business Case for Sustainability

July 24, 2013 - 2:00 pm - July 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Many organizations have difficultly committing to sustainability because of competing resource demands. This presentation will show how to build a business case for sustainability and use the triple bottom line to illustrate and measure performance.  We will also discuss utilizing a methodology that incorporates the science of sustainability, the disciplines of hospital management and the principles of LEAN process improvement. Organizational readiness, sustainability process, building the business case, measurement, reporting and practical tools will be reviewed.


 Building a business case for sustainability requires an organization to:  

  • Understand where they are in relation to where they could be (the Gap) 
  • Measure the costs and benefits of closing the Gap 
  • Build an accountable plan allowing the organization to achieve its objectives and hold the gains 
  • Effectively integrate the initiatives into the existing cultural fabric of the organization 
  • Communicate the importance and successes of the initiative to all stakeholders


Josh Miller, SOS Partners
Josh Miller has seven years of sustainability management experience in the healthcare industry and most recently served as Spectrum Health’s Sustainability Program Manager, where Josh oversaw the Sustainability Office that covers 9 hospitals and saved the health care system $4.3 million over a 5-year period. Josh currently works with various health care systems across the country to assess and enhance triple bottom line performance. Specifically, Josh provides strategic sustainability assessments and acts as an implementer to assist in developing comprehensive sustainability programs, including green team development, accountability matrix planning and creating a strategy that builds a business case for sustainability.

Rick Ament, Founder and CEO of Strategic Organizational Sustainability (SOS) Partners
Rick Ament, founder and CEO of Strategic Organizational Sustainability (SOS) Partners, has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the healthcare industry. His significant perspective has been molded by exposure to over 35 organizations as a CEO and consultant. He has supervised as many as 11 CEOs at a time and held leadership roles in turnaround consulting, multi-facility management, and business development. He has worked for governmental, investor owned, not-for-profit and consulting organizations. Rick and his organizations have been recognized by ACHE, Modern Healthcare, Hospital and Health Networks, and Press Ganey and Associates.

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