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{Past Event} - Track emissions to protect health, save money

January 29, 2019 - 1:00 pm - January 29, 2019 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Our communities once again experienced the health impacts of climate change in 2018, including increases in heat-related illness, asthma and respiratory illness, as well as injuries and premature deaths from extreme weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes. Practice Greenhealth knows climate is a pressing issue for you as leaders in health care sustainability.

Learn how to take action on this issue with the newly released Practice Greenhealth Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Toolkit, and hear lessons learned from Practice Greenhealth members Cleveland Clinic and Rochester Regional Health. We’ll cover how to create a GHG inventory and baseline using the spreadsheet tracking tool and the awards application, recommendations for how to engage leadership, and how to make progress on a reduction goal.

Join us to start 2019 with the tools necessary to take action on climate at your hospital or health system. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Walk through how to use the new Practice Greenhealth GHG Reduction Toolkit.
  2. Learn how to pitch a GHG goal to leadership.
  3. Discover ways to make progress on the goal with energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies.


Lauren Koch, MENR
Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health associate director
Lauren Koch, MA, MENR, holds a dual masters in environment and natural resources/public policy and administration from Ohio State University and is the associate director for Health Care Without Harm’s Climate and Health program with a focus on mitigation and resilience initiatives.

Jon Utech
Cleveland Clinic Office for a Healthy Environment senior director
Jon E. Utech develops sustainability strategies to emphasize connection of environmental stewardship to Cleveland Clinic’s health care mission. He directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Utech has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of corporate sustainability program and renewable energy experience prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2013.

Dr. Michael Waller
Rochester Regional Health sustainability director and special assistant to the CEO
Dr. Michael Waller has worked at Rochester Regional Health since January 2016 and comes with a background in mechanical engineering with a specific focus on renewable energy. He earned his PhD in sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he focused on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. Prior to his PhD research, Waller was working in the field at a long-term testing facility for solar energy products while also studying for his master’s degree in solar energy engineering.

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