As the threats of climate change grow, the health sector is uniquely positioned at the front lines. On every continent healthcare is mobilising and using its innovation, ingenuity, and investments to tackle what the Lancet Commission calls, "the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century."
With the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge (an initiative of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals), organisations, hospitals, and health systems around the globe are joining together to pledge their commitments to address climate change head on. Learn about the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, the important role of the health sector in addressing climate change, and how to join this global movement.
Hear directly from participating organisations on how they are reducing their carbon emissions, preparing to stand resilient to the impacts of a changing climate, and taking a leadership role to protect public and environmental health.
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Speaker: Scott Slotterback, GGHH Policy Director - HCWH
As Policy Director, Scott Slotterback assures the smooth functioning of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, while helping lead its ongoing development. He also plays a central role in building the technical capacity of the network. Scott Slotterback comes to this role after working for over 30 years on complex building and land use planning projects, including a decade at Kaiser Permanente, where he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings. He authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles. He also presented sustainability at numerous national and international conferences and served on the Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.
Christian Dreissigacker is the CEO of Vivantes Berlin Neukoelln Hospital, a 1,100-bed acute care hospital with Berlin's largest emergency room. Neukoelln Hospital is part of Vivantes, the city of Berlin's public hospital organisation with 9 hospitals all over the German capitol, serving about one third of Berlin's population. Dreissigacker has twenty years of management experience in different kinds of hospitals, three of whom have received BUND's (Friends of the Earth Germany) "Energy Saving Hospital" award.
Charlotta Brask is head of the sustainable department at Stockholm County Council. The council is responsible for all publicly financed healthcare and public transport in Stockholm County. The council's commitment to continuously decreasing environmental impact is manifested by strict implementation of an ambitious environmental plan. The main focus areas of which are the impact from chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy use, transportation and goods. Procurement is one of the tools that the County council use for minimising the environmental impact through the systematic application and follow-up of environmental and social criteria. The Stockholm County Council has reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 70% compared to 1990.
Charlotta has a master's degree in analytical chemistry from Lund University that she has combined with studies in leadership and international environmental issues. Her previous engagements included work as environmental consultant, chemical controller, and project leader for developing the current environmental program for the Stockholm County Council. She is passionate about the County Council being able to offer the inhabitants of the Stockholm region health and dental care, as well as public transportation in a sustainable way.
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