Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00PM EDT
Because electronics are produced and recycled globally; because they are highly resource-intensive products that contain toxic and environmentally harmful materials; reductions in impact through better product selection and management can have positive results for human health and the environment around the world.
The Green Electronics Council and Healthcare Sustainability Roadmap, a program of the American Hospital Association, recently released a new instructional document titled The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal. Written with hospitals in mind, this free paper walks sustainability and facility managers through the steps to safer procurement, management and disposal of electronic equipment.
Join the Sustainability Roadmap’s Laura Faye, Practice Greenhealth’s Lauren Kleinman, and Green Electronic Council’s Andrea Desimone for an introduction to this document, as well as an overview of the American Hospital Association’s Performance Improvement Measures (how-to guides) and Practice Greenhealth’s Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Smarter Purchasing Challenge.
Participants will gain an understanding of the Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal document and will come away with clear strategies for implementing a green electronics purchasing and management policy.
Laura Faye (some of you may know her as Laura Brannen) has 25 years of healthcare experience and is the founding executive director of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, the first membership organization dedicated to improving healthcare’s environmental impacts. She helped the American Hospital Association led development of its Sustainability Roadmap – a free national clearinghouse of tools for healthcare organizations to help them get the work done . Today, Laura continues her work in BLUE Environmental Performance, helping hospitals save resources by imbedding sustainability into the culture of organizations.
Lauren Kleinman is the Project Manager for Healthier Hospitals, a free program of Practice Greenhealth, which has over 1300 hospitals committed to environmental best practices such as reducing energy and waste, choosing safer and less toxic products, and purchasing and serving healthier food. Prior to joining the organization, Lauren earned a dual Masters in Environment and Natural Resources / Public Policy and Administration while she worked as an Administrative Manager in health care.
Andrea Desimone is the Purchaser Relationship Manager for the Green Electronics Council, the organization that manages the EPEAT Registry. Andrea works with purchasers across all sectors to help them implement green procurement and lifecycle management policies for electronics. Andrea also manages the annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards, which recognize excellence in green procurement of electronics.