In April 2015, nine leading health care institutions from across the globe pledged to take meaningful action on climate change, kicking off a worldwide campaign to mobilize hospitals and health systems to address one of humanity’s most pressing problems.

The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge invites hospitals, health systems, and health organizations from around the globe pledge their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and protect public health from climate change in the run-up to a worldwide meeting of heads of state at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change this December in Paris, and beyond.

Free of charge | Join this webinar to learn more about the Challenge and hear from founding participants on why signing the pledge is important to their organization and the health of their communities and the planet. Also, don’t miss how they have begun to meet the Challenge’s three pillars: 

  1. Mitigation – Reducing health care’s own carbon footprint.
  2. Resilience – Preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease.
  3. Leadership – Educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change


  • Describe the importance of the health sector involvement in climate mitigation, adaptation and policy formation
  • Review the components of the Challenge and benefits to participants
  • Highlight the hospitals endorsing the pledge and learn more about why they made the commitment to carbon reduction, how they decided to participate in the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge and the challenge’s goals have been established.
  • Discuss how support and technical assistance from GGHH and collaboration with other member hospitals globally contributes to the success of the work of each hospital making the pledge


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

Session 1 | Wednesday, May 27th8 am Pacific Time Zone; 12 pm Argentina Time Zone; 5 pm Central European Time Zone; 5 pm South Africa Time Zone; 11 pm Philippine Time Zone; 11 pm China Time Zone.

Session 2Wednesday, May 27th: 6 pm Pacific Time Zone; 10 pm Argentina Time Zone / Thursday, May 28th: 9 am Philippine Time Zone; 9 am China Time Zone; 10 am South Korea Time Zone; 11 am Australian Eastern Time Zone.

Duration: 1 hour

Language: English

Cost: 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.


  • Josh Karliner, International Team Coordinator and Director of Global Projects, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). He works to support the development of HCWH’s work in Asia, Africa and Latin America, while also overseeing the organization’s global campaign on climate change, the development of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network and HCWH’s collaboration with WHO to eliminate mercury in health care.  He has over 25 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues.  He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental politics.
  • Debbie Wilson, Sustainability Officer, Counties Manukau District Health Board, New Zealand. She has worked in healthcare for thirty years and has been working in the field of sustainability as the Sustainability Officer for Counties Manukau District Health Board during 2012. Debbie is a Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). She is in the process of empirically measuring the effectiveness of the waste minimization program, interested in waste minimization in the context of managing large scale organizational change.
  • Andrew Cunninghame  is a Chief Engineer in Department of Health in the Western Cape.  He is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has a post-graduate Diploma in Health Care Technology Management from UCT.  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.
  • Dr. Dongchun Shin, M.D, Ph.D is a professor of Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 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’.
  • Flávio Alvares, Sustainability Coordinator, Hospital Sirio Libanes, Brazil. He has a master degree in Administration (public policies) and graduation in Political Science. Specialist in sustainability, has a solid experience with more than 9 years working with the subject in hospitals, participating as a speaker at conferences, seminars, workshops, and conduct studies related to the subject. He has extensive experience in community mobilization and projects focused on sustainable development in socially vulnerable communities.
  • Sonia Roschnik, Head of Unit and International Lead at the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system in England where she has worked since 2008. The unit has developed plans for a system wide approach which include a Carbon Reduction Strategy (2009), Route Map to Sustainable Health (2010) and a Sustainable Development Strategy (2014) in close partnership and regular consultation across England. She was Deputy Director of Operations at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust for 4 years after managing a major new building development and leading on emergency planning. Sonia has worked as an advisor to WHO and UNDP supporting the development of guidance for greening health care systems, sustainable processes and climate change adaptation plans, and is a Faculty Member of the SDU/Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership “Global Course on Leadership and Sustainable Health”.