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{Past Event} - Sustainability Structure: Session 1: Cleveland Clinic & Spectrum Health

June 21, 2010 - 2:00 pm - June 21, 2010 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


First in a series of health systems sharing their organizational and reporting structure for managing sustainability initiatives individually and within a health system. How does a facility/system create the structure that supports sustainability initiatives for the long term? What does this structure look like for a single, multi or a very large health care system? Who leads the effort at the corporate level and then at individual sites? What goals are site specific versus system wide? How often should committees meet and what other committees should they have a dotted line to? How do we ensure a connection among new construction, renovation and operations? How often is there a report out to senior level leadership? As members of Practice Greenhealth, representing large health systems, this was the first of several calls to share approaches to sustainability staffing and structure for health systems. For the first call, we heard from Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy for Cleveland Clinic and Josh Miller, Sustainability Coordinator for Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids, MI and part of the Regional Health Care Network, made up of Western Michigan facilities.


The goal of this call was to share strategies, learn from each other and improve the environmental quality improvement process. We certainly recognize and acknowledge that we are NOT looking for a cookie cutter approach and that there will be multiple strategies. We recognize the uniqueness of each system and its individual sites and that there are many ways to embark on and manage the sustainability process. But we also think we can best figure this out by sharing ideas and strategies with each other.


Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP, Cleveland Clinic
Telephone: 216.445.7019

Josh Miller , Spectrum Health
Telephone: 616-391-5125

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