GGHH is leading two Breakout Session at the CleanMed 2015 conference, in Portland Oregon, USA. In addition, at the CleanMed Plenary Session, Gary Cohen or Josh Karliner discuss the importance of HCWH’s partner in HECAF in Nepal and the impact the 7.9 earthquake has had on their communities and their work and invite contributions to aid their work.  GGHH members from China will participate in the pre-conference tour of a state-of-the-art green health care facility.

Chinese Hospitals Working for Sustainability

A growing number of hospitals and health organizations in China are working toward greater energy efficiency, designing and constructing greener buildings, substituting hazardous chemicals and seeking ways to manage medical waste. Both the Chinese Academy of Building Research and the Chinese Hospital Association—members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network—have adapted portions of the Green Guide for Health Care for the Chinese context as they negotiate new building standards in a country spending more than $10 billion a year on new hospital construction. In 2013 a delegation of Chinese hospital engineers visited hospitals in Boston and New York to learn about energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Indeed, there is much interchange to be had. Come learn about the challenges and opportunities for sustainable health care in China.


  • Susan Wilburn, moderator, is the Sustainability Director for the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.
  • Jiang Chao is Coordinator for HCWH’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network in China and Project Officer, Rock Environment and Energy Institute
  • Yu Dong is Past President, China Hospital Association Architecture System Research Branch
  • Gan Lisi, is an Engineer with the Research and Development Center, China Building Technique Group Co., Ltd.
  • David S. Burson, AIA is Senior Project Manager for Partners Health Care in Boston

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Building A Global Movement for Sustainable Health Care

From the global 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge campaign of leading hospitals and health systems from around the world, setting targets and articulating major commitments to carbon reduction at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015; to sustainability experts from around the world providing hands on help, the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) network is building a global movement for sustainable health care. With members representing the interests of over 9,000 hospitals and health centers on every continent, the GGHH is helping hospitals help each other. Attend this session to get a behind the scenes tour of the sustainability tools and resources available to GGHH Members, including the new global interactive collaboration space, GGHH Connect. See how hospitals are moving beyond their boundaries to improve the health of their communities, and leveraging their sustainability achievements to influence health and climate policy to improve the planet.


  • Josh Karliner is Director of Global Projects / International Team Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm.
  • Scott Slotterback is Policy Director for Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.
  • John Drigot is Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Colorado Health.
  • Gail Lee is Sustainability Manager at the University of California, San Francisco.

Plenary Session

Gary Cohen or Josh Karliner discuss the importance of HCWH’s partner and GGHH Member, HECAF in Nepal and the impact the 7.9 earthquake has had on their communities and their work.

The Himalayan country of Nepal is the worst affected, with at least two thousand dead and the death toll certain to climb as many of the worst affected areas are cut off.

Many agencies are appealing for aid, but you may not know that amongst them is one of our own. Mahesh Nakarmi, diretor of the Healthcare Waste Management Program of Health Care Foundation Nepal, has been working with HCWH since 2008.

HECAF is HCWH’s strategic partner in HCWH and a founding member of our Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network.  Together, HECAF and HCWH have transformed the healthcare waste management at Bir, Kathmandu’s largest hospital, now treating hundreds of the injured.

On top of this, Mahesh also co-founded the National Society for Earthquake Technology and the NEPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE.

This ambulance service is the only one in the country with properly equipped vehicles and trained paramedics, working in collaboration with Stanford University.  At this moment, they are hard at work, helping to save those injured in this tragedy.  A field hospital and fresh water supply has been set up and experts from Stanford are on the way to join their efforts.

Any donations to this unique service will make a huge difference.  Please see their appeal page at

Preconference workshop

GGHH staff will participate in the pre-conference workshop Climate Resilience: Bringing Together Health System and Public Health Leaders which will focus on how we can build more resilient communities by bringing together health system leaders and public health leaders.

Preconference green hospital tours: The GGHH members from China will participate in the tour of the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, a state-of-the-art green health care facility and double-LEED-Platinum Center for Health and Healing.  The tour will extend from the green-roof patios to the riverside landscape and will include a presentation about the hospital’s Strategic Plan to develop the Schnitzer Campus (an EPA sanctioned brownfield)m participation in the local Eco-district and partnership with the City of Portland to create sustainable transportation options.  Delicious and healthy snacks made from sustainable ingredient will be provided featuring the finest of Oregon’s grass-fed and finished beef and chicken raised without antibiotics. While we nibble, we’ll discuss the importance of clean food in the hospital setting, on-campus Community Supported Agriculture programs, hospital-based farmers markets and Veggie Prescription programs. We will then step outside to peruse our permaculture garden, where many of the herbs used on campus are grown and tour the healthy convenience store called, “It’s All Good.” Along the way, we will touch on our waste reductions efforts by Food and Nutrition services to continually increase compost and recycling opportunities.