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Webinar: Is decarbonization in health care possible?

  • 1.  Webinar: Is decarbonization in health care possible?

    Posted 09-28-2022 04:31 PM

    October 18, 2022 | 2pm ET | 1 LU/HSW


    The Climate is changing. ASHRAE tells us that the US is warming at least a degree a decade. We are experiencing more frequent and more intense severe weather events. We are experiencing movement of disease vectors and changing health threats. In the face of these changes, the healthcare system must adapt and must plan for resilience. This is not a political issue; rather, it's physics, and it's an issue with lasting devastating effects (exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius) if ignored or treated with a lack of urgency.

    We know that the health care sector represents roughly 20% of the U.S. Economy; 10% of U.S. Greenhouse gas emissions; 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. How can/is health care legitimately removing carbon from the delivery of care (i.e. carbon-free care)? Is it fully possible?

    Join this unique webinar, designed as a panel forum, to hear the owner-side of the equation and engineering/consulting side. Helen Wilmot, Chief Facilities & Sustainability Officer Stanford Health Care and Walt Vernon, CEO of Mazzetti & National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative Steering Committee member, will provide candid, and perhaps unexpected perspectives on the most relevant topic impacting human health-decarbonization.

    Stanford Health Care (SHC), in many ways, is the leading the decarbonization charge in the industry. Discover how SHC is addressing the obvious barriers of "dependence on fossil fuels" to perform essential tasks-heating, humidifying, sterilization-as well as the somewhat less obvious barriers re fleet and medical gasses. Discover how the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative to decarbonize the U.S. Health care is addressing operational pathways, including health care delivery (e.g. "hospital at home"), supply chain, financing, regulation, and even relevant education and communication for various stakeholders.

    Learning objectives

    After participating in this webinar attendees will be able to:
    • Understand the components of operational greenhouse gas emissions in health care.
    • Recognize and assess the complexities and opportunities of carbon-free care from an owner's perspective and that of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative.
    • Evaluate evolving healthcare delivery models designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Understand the national discussion on operational greenhouse gas emissions.

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