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2022 ASHE Annual Conference On Demand

ASHE22-1007 - GENERAL SESSION: Team Approaches to Health Care for a More Sustainable World

Jul 18, 2022 2:00pm ‐ Jul 18, 2022 3:15pm


With health care accounting for approximately 10% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, environmental sustainability and decarbonization of health care are at the forefront of the climate action conversation. Climate deadlines and calls to action dominate the evening news and legislative agendas. However, the idea of decarbonizing the entire health care sector is more than a little overwhelming. Hospitals and health systems have a vested interest in the climate conversation not only because of the impact of climate change on public health and critical health care delivery infrastructure, but also because the complex energy and resource needs of hospitals and health care systems directly contribute to the health care carbon footprint. Desiloing health care and taking a team approach will be key in preparing for the future. In this session, an expert panel will dive into a holistic view of health care sustainability. Experts will provide an overview of the complex concepts of environmental sustainability and decarbonization through a strategic lens and provide perspectives on changing culture and engaging teams to work together in a joint effort to move the needle.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe unique perspectives from various organizational strategies and how they have transformed over time.
  • Discuss effective actions to begin to build momentum toward achieving targets and goals.
  • Demonstrate methods for influencing culture, desiloing organizations, engaging cross-functional teams and connecting with leadership.
  • Relate approaches to advancing to zero.


  • Chad E. Beebe, AIA, CHFM, CFPS, CBO, FASHE, Deputy Executive Director, American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
  • Theresa Brigden, LEED AP, Principal, Vizient
  • Dr. Jimmy Chung, MD, MBA, FACS, FABQAURP, CMRP, Chief Medical Officer, Advantus Health Partners
  • Kathleen Fink, Energy Manager, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Dan Scher, MBA, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, Medxcel

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