Advancing Sustainability Goals

Oct. 9-10, 2018 | Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids

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While it may seem daunting to revamp your hospital to become more sustainable, there are several ways hospitals can reduce their environmental footprints, saving costs and improving patient outcomes at the same time. By conserving energy, reducing waste, and offering healthier and locally sourced food, hospitals are learning that implementing such elements makes a significant difference.

The 2018 MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference will include general and breakout sessions that dive deeper into the positive impacts Michigan hospitals and other healthcare organizations have made by encouraging sustainability in healthcare.

Join the commitment that hospitals and healthcare systems are making to create a sustainable environment for patient care — register now for the 2018 MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference to learn how to advance your sustainability goals!

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for healthcare professionals who are or would like to be promoting sustainability initiatives in the healthcare sector, including sustainability officers, dieticians, clinicians, engineers, architects, pharmacists, food and nutrition directors, energy coordinators, public health professionals, and other leaders at the forefront of green healthcare.

2018 Attendee Roster


October 9

2:30 p.m.
Preconference Tours
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus

5:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Grand Rapids Brewing Company

October 10

7 a.m.
Breakfast, Registration, Exhibitors           

8 a.m.
Kent Miller, director, Environmental Services, sustainability officer, Mercy Health, Grand Rapids

8:15 a.m.
Keynote Session
David Zuckerman
, director, Healthcare Engagement & Lead, Healthcare Anchor Network

9:15 a.m.
General Session - Engaging Leadership, Building a Program from Grassroots to C-suite

  • Chip Amoe, sustainability director, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.
  • Sarah Chartier, senior sustainability project manager, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids.
  • Iqbal Mian, member engagement manager, Practice Greenhealth, Reston, VA.

This learner should be able to:

  • Identify concrete projects and solutions individuals can use within their organization.
  • Understand effective communication strategies to engage leadership and key stakeholders.

10:15 a.m.
Break and Exhibitors    

11:00 a.m.
Educational Breakout

Session A: A Case Study for Reducing Your Hospital’s Carbon Footprint through RCx and MBCx

  • Edna Lorenz, system energy manager, Beaumont Health, Grosse Pointe.
  • Fiona Martin McCarthy, project manager, Grumman/Butkus Associates, Evanston, IL.

This learner should be able to:

  • Describe what retro-commissioning (RCx) is and why it is a good first step in the energy efficiency program.
  • Understand the RCx process and how the utility programs can be leveraged to help with initial funding and reduce the payback period.
  • Understand what an RCx measure entails, as demonstrated through real world examples and fixes.
  • Understand what the typical RCx results are in terms of savings, costs and paybacks from industry studies as well as a case study of a recently completed project at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
  • Learn what monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) and why this is a good next step following the RCx process, and how MBCx helps sustain the initial savings achieved through RCx.

Session B: Changing the Food Environment at Michigan Medicine Caf├ęs

  • Holly Scherer, health educator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Libbie Bollinger, registered dietitian, Aramark, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor.

The learner should be able to:

  • Identify ways to increase accessibility and visibility of healthier food choices within a health system environment.
  • Evaluate the use of various promotions to create more affordable healthier food choices in the retail and vending settings.
  • Describe specific requirements for the percentage of healthier food offerings in vendor contracts, explain how to increase the selection of healthier food choices in retail and vending settings, and identify healthier choices using specific nutrient criteria.
  • Understand various methods used to identify and display common food allergens throughout all menu offerings.

Lunch and Exhibitors

1 p.m.
Educational Breakout

Session A: 

Combined Heat and Power Systems for Greener Resilient Healthcare
Robert Kravitz, senior business development manager, Centrica Business Solutions, White Bear Lake, MN

Facilities and Infrastructure – Power Stability and Operational Resilience Through On-Site Power, Microgrids and Distributed Energy Systems
Karl Berland, account executive Siemens Industries, Inc., Plymouth Township

The learner should be able to:

  • Understand new developments in on-site and distributed power generation and management.
  • Describe best practices in operational resiliency in the face of natural or man-made disruption of energy infrastructure.
  • Understand how planning for the worst case can save money on their organization’s day-to-day energy costs.
  • Discuss the characteristics of combined Health and Power System, the advantages of a CHP System and why hospitals are great candidates for CHP systems.

Session B:

Harvesting Health: Food and Community Benefit as Prevention

  • Lindsey Scalera, sustainable food program director, Ecology Center, Ann Arbor.
  • Winona Bynum, executive director, Detroit Food Policy Council.
  • Barbara Blum-Alexander, director, generation with Promise Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.
  • W. DeWayne Wells, project director, Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative, and executive director, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, Detroit.

The learner should be able to:

  • Understand the Healthy Food Playbook as a resource for accelerating community-food intervention.
  • Understand how healthcare-community food system collaborations can improve healthy food environments and health outcomes for all.
  • Identify opportunities for action or engagement within their own institutions.
  • Network and share their ideas or resources with other participants.

2 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Closing Session - Emerging Issues in Sustainability Panel

Michigan 2030 Districts and Grand Rapids Zero Cities Project

  • Gillian Giem, program manager, U.S. Green Building Council, West Michigan Chapter, Grand Rapids.
  • Alison Waske Sutter, sustainability manager, City of Grand Rapids.

Better Buildings to Help People Thrive - Understanding the WELL Building Standard

  • Anne Cox, senior medical planner/architect, HKS Architects, Northville.

Food Hub

  • Lindsey Scalera, sustainable food program director, Ecology Center, Ann Arbor.

3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Conference Specifics

Registration Deadline
Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration.

Conference registration will close Oct. 5, 2018

Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal. Call Andrea Duguay at (517) 323-3443 if you have not received confirmation after completing your registration.

Cancellation Policy
If notice is given by Oct. 5, 2018, 50 percent of the registration fee is refundable. No refund will be issued after Oct. 5. Registrants may send an alternate.

Overnight Rooms
An overnight room rate of $142 has been secured for Michigan Health & Hospital Association Michigan Green Healthcare Conference attendees at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids. Call (616) 235-7611 and reference the Michigan Health & Hospital Association or book online using the block code "MHA" to make a room reservation. Room reservations are encouraged by Sept. 18, and any reservations made after this date will be confirmed based on availability.

Venue and Parking
Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center is located at 301 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504. Free parking is available in Fulton lot adjacent to the Eberhard Center.

Special Needs
If you have any special needs or concerns regarding program site access, dietary restrictions (vegetarian or gluten-free), or your participation in the program, call Andrea Duguay at the MHA at (517) 323-3443. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs!

Conference Attire
Business casual dress is appropriate for the conference. Please dress in layers, as the room temperature may vary.

2018 Michigan Green Healthcare Awards

The 2018 Michigan Green Healthcare Award will be presented during this year's conference. The MHA, through its Michigan Green Healthcare Committee, works to establish a framework for Michigan’s healthcare sector to improve the health and well-being of the state’s ecology and its citizens. As part of that effort, the Michigan Green Healthcare Award was established in 2014 to recognize organizations and individuals who have had a significant impact on sustainability within the healthcare sector.

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The Michigan Green Healthcare Conference is hosted by the Michigan Green Healthcare Committee, a MHA committee of hospitals and partner organizations providing leadership on sustainability initiatives in the healthcare sector.

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