Advancing Sustainability Goals

Oct. 9 & 10, 2019 | Baronette Renaissance Detroit – Novi Hotel

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

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.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Gary CohenGary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for 30 years. Cohen is president and co-founder of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm. He was also instrumental in bringing together the nongovernmental organizations and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. All three were created to transform the healthcare sector to be environmentally sustainable and serve as anchor institutions to support environmental health in their communities.

Cohen was executive director of the Environmental Health Fund for many years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address the environmental health impacts related to toxic chemical exposure and climate change. Cohen is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, Health Leads and Coming Clean. He has received numerous recognitions for his achievements, including: The MacArthur Foundation’s Fellows Award (2015), the White House’s Champion of Change Award for Public Health and Climate Change (2013), the Huffington Post’s Game Changer Award for Health (2012), the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service (2007), and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2006).


Wednesday, Oct. 9

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Tour of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception, Baronette Renaissance Detroit – Novi Hotel

Thursday, Oct. 10

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Exhibitors

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Brian Peters, chief executive officer, Michigan Health & Hospital Association

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Session - Safe Haven in the Storm:
Health Care’s Healing Mission in the Era of the Climate Crisis
Gary Cohen, president and co-founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

9:45 - 10:05 a.m.
Why Strategic Energy Management (SEM):
 A holistic long-term approach to energy efficiency and continuous improvement
Feras Karim, PMP, CEM, Solution Architect | Energy Management, Leidos

10:05 - 10:30 a.m.
Break and Exhibitors

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
Sustainable Development Goals: A Simple Language for Connection

Irene Queen, environmental quality analyst, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Water Quality and the Great Lakes

  • Nicole Chardoul, principal and vice president, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Ric Lawson, watershed planner, Huron River Watershed Council
  • Tom Zimnicki, agriculture policy director, Michigan Environmental Council

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibitors

1 - 1:20 p.m.
Food to Thrive, Transforming Hospital Food into Healthy Living
Kristi Artz
, MD, medical director, Lifestyle Medicine and MedNow, Spectrum Health

1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Healing the Healthcare Environment
Casey Johnson
, director of sustainability and Marmoleum business development manager for North America, Forbo Flooring

1:40 - 2 p.m.
Gaining the Excitement to Make an Impact
Mayssoun Hamade
, MS, RD, clinical development director, Ascension Michigan

2 - 2:30 p.m.
Break and Exhibitors

2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Leveraging Community Health to Build a Sustainable Community
Brendan Molony, sustainability coordinator, Bronson Healthcare Group

2:50 - 3:10 p.m.
Talking Trash, Moving our Distribution Center Toward Zero Waste to Landfill
Sarah Chartier, senior sustainability project manager, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids

3:10 - 3:30 p.m.
Sustainability Visioning: How to engage all team members for a successful project
Camilla Moretti
, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP associate, HKS

3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
"Do We Need Another Moonshot to Address the Climate Crisis?"
Dan Doyle
, chairman, Grumman/Butkus Associates, Chicago



2019 Michigan Green Healthcare Awards

The MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Awards will be presented at the MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference Oct. 10. Nominations for the 2019 Michigan Green Healthcare Award will be accepted through Aug. 16. Nominations can be submitted online.

Conference Specifics

Registration Deadline: Conference registration will close Oct. 4, 2019

Registration and Confirmation: Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration. Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal.  Call Brenda Carr at (517) 323-3443 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions.

Cancellation Policy: If notice is given by Oct. 4, 2019, 50 percent of the registration fee is refundable. No refund will be issued after Oct. 4. Registrants may send an alternate.

Overnight Rooms: An overnight room rate of $181 has been secured for Michigan Health & Hospital Association Michigan Green Healthcare Conference attendees. Call 1 (248) 349-7800 and reference the MHA Green Healthcare Conference 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: The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel is located at 27790 Novi Rd, Novi, MI, 48377. Free parking is available on-site.

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 Brenda Carr 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.

Registration is now open for the 2019 MHA Michigan Green Healthcare conference.

The conference is hosted by the Michigan Green Healthcare Committee, an MHA committee of hospitals and partner organizations providing leadership on sustainability initiatives in the healthcare sector. For more information, contact us.

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