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{Past Event} - Webinar: How hospitals are eliminating plastic straws

November 13, 2018 - 1:00 pm - November 13, 2018 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Session description

Every year, 175 billion straws are used and discarded in the United States. To reduce this waste, single-use plastic straws are being banned by a growing list of cities and companies, and health care organizations are following suit.

Discover why three Practice Greenhealth member health systems are eliminating their purchase of plastic straws for cafeterias and the strategies they’re employing to facilitate this change.

Find out the latest on alternatives, including how to meet patient needs in clinical areas, and what to look for when considering the alternatives.

Learning objectives

  • Discover why plastic straws are being eliminated. 
  • Learn strategies used to eliminate plastic straws from cafeterias.
  • Understand the purchasing criteria available for alternatives.


Colleen Groll, MSN, LEED AP BD&C

Sustainability Program Manager, Seattle Children’s sustainability programs manager

Colleen Groll has led programming and engagement across Seattle Children's for energy, water and waste reduction, sustainable purchasing, and healthy food and sourcing since 2013. Groll had a career as a nurse practitioner in primary care and oncology prior to making the transition into sustainability. She holds a master’s in nursing from Simmons College and is a certified sustainable building advisor and LEED AP BD&C.

Michael Shelton

Seattle Children’s nutrition buyer supervisor

Michael Shelton has worked at Seattle Children’s for 14 years and in his current role for four years. He works closely with the sustainability and sourcing departments to expand their purchasing of local, organic, non-GMO products and antibiotic-free meats.

Mary Ellen Leciejewski

Dignity Health VP of corporate responsibility

Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski is an Adrian Dominican sister. At Dignity Health, she is responsible for overseeing systemwide sustainability initiatives and corporate social responsibility programs.

Emma Eichelman

Inova Health office of sustainability program coordinator

Emma Eichelman joined Inova in February 2018 in a newly created role that focuses on alternative transportation initiatives for employees across the health system. Eichelman graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s of science in earth, society, and environmental sustainability.

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