Engaged Leadership

Engaged Leadership

Health care organizations cannot achieve lasting environmental sustainability without the commitment and support of senior leadership, including administrators, clinician leaders and the board of trustees. Some organizations begin by incorporating environmental sustainability goals and objectives into their strategic plans right from the start.  Others begin with a project and work gradually toward developing an environmentally responsible organizational culture.

Why Engaged Leadership

Actively engaged leadership moves sustainability from “basement to boardroom”

  • Actively engaged leadership is essential in achieving success
  • Leadership validates investment of time, energy and resources
  • Organizations that achieve long-term, measurable results have the active and effective support of their medical, management and board leadership
  • Sustainability is a vehicle to achieve quality measures

The Engaged Leadership Challenge is intended for those organizations that are looking to implement a formal sustainability plan and seek commitment from senior leadership.  If an organization already has a formal program skip level 1 and start with level 2. These goals accompany the Engaged Leadership How-To Guide.

Review the Engaged Leadership Resources for details of each level of commitment and data measurements required.

Level 1

Making the Case for a Formal Environmental Stewardship Program: Each action item should be done in the order it is listed.

Level 2


Strengthening Engagement: Implement 3 of the 5 Strengthening Engagement Activities listed below

  • Appoint a Sustainability executive owner
  • Identify a lead on Sustainability or Develop a Sustainability Internship Program
  • Appoint a Sustainability clinical champion
  • Commit to a minimum of two additional HH challenges (Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, Smarter Purchasing)
  • Present to a minimum of three of the following committees/groups and identify areas of alignment and potential additional champions: Quality/Performance Excellence | Safety/Joint Commission Environment of Care | Food and Nutrition Services | Community Benefit | Nursing Management Meeting | Senior Leadership | Human Resources/Wellness/Staff Engagement | Clinical Leadership Team or Group | Infection Prevention


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