Greening the Health System

Preventing HealthCARE from Becoming HealthHARM
A Greening Healthcare post-conference workshop of the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

GerwigThe Greening of Healthcare workshop was held on July 23, 2015 at Mission Bay’s Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital auditorium.  Topics included healthcare and the environment, climate change and health, environmental exposure for women and children, antibiotics and meat with break out sessions on reprocessing single use devices, reusable linens, green teams, sustainable food, waste reduction, anesthesia gases and climate change and a tour of Mission Bay’s LEED-gold certified hospitals. PPT and a recording of the speakers are available in the links below.

Presentations were recorded and slides from the presenters are included here:

Impact of Health Care on the Environment and HealthPPT - Recording
Kathy Gerwig, VP Employee Health, Safety and Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Health, Equity and Sustainability - PPT - Recording
Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Co-director, The Climate Change and Public Health Project, The Center for Climate Change and Public Health, The Public Health Institute

Health Effects of Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy and Early Childhood - PPT - Recording
Victoria Leonard, RN, FNP, PhD, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, UCSF

Should Hospitals Serve Meat? - PPT - Recording
Thomas Newman, MD, Pediatrician and Professor, Division of Clinical Epidemiology. 

PPTs for Break Out Sessions

Anesthesia Gases

Green Anesthesia, Nicole Jackkman, MD

Anesthetic Gas Systems, John Pappas, Mazzetti

Green Teams

Green Teams, Barbara Satter, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor, Public Health & Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, University of San Francisco  


Reprocessing at UCSF, Chris Pollak, Virginia Hodge

Reusable Linens

Medical Textiles Research on Hospital Material Efficiency - Joanne Brasch, PhD

Single Use Reusable Precaution Gowns 7.23.15.pdf


PGH Waste - John Ebers

Waste Reduction at Washington Hospital Fremont - Paul Kelly

Greening the OR - Joyce Nacario, RN