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

Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving almost 10 million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental issues. Her book Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet examines the intersection between health care and environmental stewardship arguing that hospitals can and should play a critical role in supporting the health of the planet.

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

Dr. Rudolph was previously the Deputy Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Department of Public Health, where she chaired the California Health in All Policies Task Force and the Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group. Dr. Rudolph received her BA and MPH from UC Berkeley, and is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine. She is board certified in Occupational Medicine and served as Health Officer at the City of Berkeley.

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

Dr. Leonard has been working as a Child Care Health Consultant for the past seven years, first as a nurse at the California Childcare Health Program, UCSF School of Nursing, then at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. Dr. Leonard was the principle author of the California Department of Education, Child Development Division’s Preschool Learning Foundations in Health and Physical Development.  While at CCHP, she developed an interest in environmental health in early care and education.  She was the principle author of Integrated Pest Management: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs.  Vickie is heading up the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit’s new Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project.

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

Dr. Thomas Newman has been with the University of California since 1972, having received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz, MD from UC San Diego, residency training in pediatrics at UCSF and MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. His research over the past 25 years has applied principles of clinical epidemiology to common problems in general pediatrics and his long-term collaboration with scientists at the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. In 2007, Dr. Newman was the driving force behind the development of Sustainability Task Force which recommended the creation of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability, and an official Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability. 

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  

Barbara Sattler is a nursing leader in the area of environmental health.  She has been an advisor to the EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health.  Dr. Sattler has been the recipient of NIEHS, USDA, and EPA grants.  She is a founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy. 


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