B3 | Healthcare and climate change: Taking on the challenge, examples from the Global Greeen and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) initiative

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.


Speaker: Christian Dreissigacker, CEO - Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, Berlin 

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.


Speaker: Charlotta Brask, Director of Sustainability - Stockholm County Council 

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.


Speaker: Catherine Cummings, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability - Bupa Europe and Latin America 

Catherine joined Bupa (British United Provident Association) in 1995. Based in Madrid, Spain, Catherine spent her first 10 years in the Private Medical Insurance Division of Sanitas (Bupa in Spain) as a senior manager in Corporate Sales. She became Sustainability Director for Bupa ELA in January 2016 following the company’s decision to increase its CSR profile.  
Bupa’s status as a ‘company limited by guarantee’  with no shareholders enables it to make customers its focus, reinvesting profits to provide more and better health and care for current and future customers. Between 2009 and 2015, Bupa invested £50 million in order to accelerate meeting its carbon footprint reduction target.  Within Bupa worldwide, Sanitas (Bupa in Spain) was the company’s main reducer, with a 67% reduction between 2009 (when measurement began) and 2015. This was achieved across all its business which includes Hospitals, Care Homes, Dental Clinics and Private Medical Insurance.
Managing the impact on the environment – especially air pollution, which is so directly related to health issues – with a special focus on carbon reduction, is just one of several goals that the company incorporates in its sustainability agenda, which also includes community and wellbeing as key pillars in which it is committed to helping to improve the health of society at large. Catherine has a BA from Oxford University, U.K, and an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (I.E) in Madrid, Spain.

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