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PART 2: Lessons from the Greener NHS Initiative: challenges and opportunities on the road to net zero health care. Using the NHS as a case study, this session will provide an overview of how carbon accounting can be performed for a health care system, how mitigation strategies are developed, and what obstacles can be anticipated.
The National Health Service (NHS) England is the world’s largest health care delivery organization, and has the most robust health care carbon accounting effort in the world. In 2020, the Greener NHS Initiative was launched, committing the organization to achieving ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2040. This target is set across all emissions in Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scopes 1, 2 and 3 and includes, estates and facilities, transport and travel, medicines, and medical and non-medical supply chains.
Speakers from the University of Vermont will discuss lessons learned from many years of research on bioretention soil media, including how different installation components can remove phosphorus from runoff or potentially leach phosphorus into outflows. A deep dive will be taken on the technical aspects, scientific results, and water quality impacts of different bioretention case studies. The presentation will cover the pros and cons of compost, drinking water treatment residuals, and other bioretention soil media amendments.
This webinar will highlight the environmental benefits calculators demonstrating the climate change value of source reduction, reuse and recycling. Featured calculators include:
• WARM – is a tool for solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy savings, and economic impacts from various waste management practices. WARM calculates and totals these impacts from baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling.
• ReCon – companies, government entities, and individuals estimate the environmental impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content.
• ReFed – Calculator to estimate the impacts of reducing food waste
• Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculators – Cellphones, monitors, computers, televisions, servers, and imaging equipment
Sponsored by the NE Recycling Coalition and NEWMOA.
PART 3: Lessons from the Nordic sustainable health care experience. The Nordic region has a long tradition of sustainability leadership in the health care sector. The content draws from the Nordic White Paper on Sustainable Health care, a regional roadmap for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Topics covered include: (i) Sustainability holistically embedded in hospital operations, which includes architecture, supply chains resource use, waste management, and governance; (ii) Innovative health care solutions developed by local companies, such as digital health solutions, sustainable medical technologies, lower-emission health care programs, and circular economy; (iii) Linkages between hospital and urban infrastructure through services such as district heating, district cooling, public transportation; and (iv) Culture, politics and legislations that have driven the regional sustainability agenda; and (v) Sustainability reporting frameworks and performance review.
HEARRT Midwest will be offering a webinar and virtual networking session with an overview of waste management, recycling and waste reduction practices associated with the pandemic.