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World Water Day will be Celebrated March 22, 2016. In celebration, Practice Greenhealth offers up a stream of informative useful information. A healthy water supply is essential for heating, cooling and sanitation. Hospitals use a lot of water in these operations and therefore must be good stewards for their community, especially when there are external stressors to the system by record busting drought and heat. Join two experts, one from the US EPA's WaterSense and one from Practice Greenhealth's Circles of Excellence in Water, Luther Midlefort Mayo Clinic, as they share their knowledge and experience. Be prepared to share your successes and challenges with water management.


Tara O'Hare, Implementation and Commercial Building Outreach Lead for WaterSense Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Tara O'Hare currently serves as the Implementation and Commercial Outreach Lead for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense® Program in Washington, DC. Tara has worked on WaterSense for the past seven years and is responsible for program operations, partner support, and outreach to commercial and institutional facilities. Tara led the development of WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities and has delivered trainings and webinars to many different stakeholders from all parts of the commercial building sector. In the last two years, she led the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to encourage hotels to save water and is now expanding outreach to the entire commercial sector. Ms. O'Hare has a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Environmental Management from the George Washington University and a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

Gordon Howie, Director of Construction & Maintenance, Facilities Services, Mayo Clinic Health System

Gordy has over 20 years of facilities and construction leadership in hospitality and healthcare. He is currently responsible for 2 million square feet of hospital and clinic space for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin, including one Level II Trauma hospital and four Critical Access Hospitals. Gordy holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant Engineering (University of Wisconsin-Stout) and Master of Science in Project Management (University of Alaska-Anchorage).

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