Each year GGHH and the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge recognize participating and reporting institutions for their success and achievements with a series of awards related to the three pillars of the Challenge: Climate Mitigation, Resiliency, and Leadership…the Climate Champion Awards.

2020-Climate-Challenge-ENGLISHWith the 2016 awards season now open and data submissions being accepted for award eligibility, we invite you to join us on our latest webinar to learn about:

  • The role and opportunity of the health sector in the global effort to combat climate change and develop low carbon development strategies.
  • The 2020 Challenge Climate Champion Awards- award categories and how to participate.
  • The experience of 2015 Climate Champions- award winning members from 2015 will share their climate programs and accomplishments and why this work and the 2020 Challenge are a priority for their institution.


GGHH will be hosting two sessions to accommodate a variety of time zones. Both sessions will be recorded and require registration prior to the event.

Session 1:
Day: August 24th, 2016
Time: 9 am Pacific Time Zone (USA), 12 pm Eastern Time Zone (USA), 1 pm Argentina Time Zone, 6 pm Central European Time Zone and South Africa Time Zone,  9.45 pm Nepal Time Zone.

To check your time zone for session 1, click here.
To register for session 1, click here.

Session 2:
Time and day:

  • August 24th, 2016: 6 pm Pacific Time Zone (USA), 9 pm Eastern Time Zone (USA), 10 pm Argentina Time Zone
  • August 25th, 2016: 6.45 am Nepal Time, 9 am Philippine Time Zone and China Time Zone, 11 am Australian Eastern Time Zone.

To check your time zone for session 2, click here.
To register for session 2, click here.

Duration: 1 hour

Language: English

Free of charge.

Those who participate in the entire webinar will receive a Certificate of Attendance by email. When you complete the registration form, please provide your name as you would like it to appear on the Certificate of Attendance.

To watch the tutorials on how to connect audio during the webinar, click here.


Session 1:

  • Andrew Cunninghame: He is a Chief Engineer in Department of Health in the Western Cape, South Africa. He is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a post-graduate Diploma in Health Care Technology Management from the University of Cape Town.  He gained post-graduate practical experience in deep level gold mining and in the steam boiler industry before entering the field of Hospital Engineering in 1976.  He has extensive experience in health care particularly in respect of matters related to health service planning, health facility design and energy management. Andrew retired in 2010 from his post of Chief Director: Professional Support Services and is presently on contract to the Department. He is presently driving a major energy savings initiative.
  • Monica Nakielski: She is the Program Manager of the Sustainable Initiatives in Partners HealthCare (USA). She, along with and the Partners Sustainable Initiatives team, is responsible for providing vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the Partners sustainability strategy across the system and its affiliate hospitals. In coordination with Partners sustainability endeavors she sits on the Healthier Hospitals Initiative Steering Committee, an alliance of over 1600 hospitals nationally who have pledged to reduce the large environmental footprint of healthcare. Outside of Partners Monica sits on Novation’s Environmental Advisory Board. Novation, a national group purchasing organization that purchases products covering 40% of the staffed hospital beds in the United States. Monica also sits on the steering committee for the Chemical Footprint project, an international NGO whose mission is to transform global chemical use by measuring and disclosing data on business progress to safer chemicals.  Monica earned her MBA from the Simmons School of Management and a BS in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • Ed Rubinstein: As the Energy & Environment Manager at the University Health Network (Canada), he’s been leading the hospital’s many environment programs since 1999 and has helped UHN become a leader in greening health care. Both UHN and his leadership in the field of “greening health care” have been recognized by several awards, including from the Ontario Hospital Association, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment.

Session 2: 

  • Dr. Ming-nan Lin: He is the Vice Superintendent at the Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital (Taiwan). He has a Master in Public Health and devoted himself to community outreach and international disaster relief. He is an esteemed health educator, speaker, facilitator, TV host, scholar and assistant professor who have inspired thousands in hospitals, government, schools and communities to promote well-being with a holistic approach. As a renowned family medicine practitioner for more than 20 years, he’s passionate about promoting plant-based diet as the best choice for both enhancing health and protecting the environment. As part the board of the Taiwan Vegetarian Nutrition Society and a member of Task Force on Health Promoting Hospital & Environment (WHO-CC) he aspires to see hospitals achieve the goals of health and environmental protection. He emphasized that doctors should cherish their ability to help others. When everyone does a little more, there will have be an opportunity to change the world.
  • Dr DongChun Shin: He is a professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Yonsei University (South Korea), and has been a director of the Institute for Environmental Research, Yonsei University since 1999. And he is first president of KSGH (Korea Society for Green Hospital) since 2013. He graduated from college of medicine, Yonsei University in 1980, was awarded his Ph.D degree in 1989, and worked as visiting scholar in the University of Michigan, School of Public Health from 1991-1993.He attracted the ISES (International Society for Exposure Science) / ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) 2010 Joint Conference in Korea and has served as chair the conference organizing committee. He also organized the SRA (International Society for Risk Analysis) Korean chapter. In 2012, SRA World Congress on Risk in Sydney, he organized Asian Regional Seminar on ‘Air Pollution and Risk’.

Both sessions:

  • Scott Slotterback: He is GGHH’s Policy Director. He came to this role in Health Care Without Harm after working for over a decade for Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the United States. Working for the National Facilities Services group, he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings. He developed and implemented sustainability strategies for the Facilities Planning group and led the transition of Kaiser Permanente’s National Sourcing Agreement program to become an innovation and market transformation based purchasing system, promoting the use of sustainable materials. He is based in the USA.
  • Nick Thorp: He is GGHH’s Global Community Manager. He came to Health Care Without Harm with over five years experience with a variety of NGOs conducting toxicological research and developing innovative and interactive tools to advance education and public engagement around issues related to community and environmental health. He holds a dual degree from the University of Oregon in International Environmental Studies and French.  He is based in Washington State.
  • Susan Wilburn: She is GGHH’s Sustainability Director and an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology). Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm, she worked at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva for eight years, where she coordinated the “greening hospitals” initiative, as well as the Protecting Health Workers – Preventing Needlestick Injuries project. She is based in the USA.