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Environmental Sustainability and Greening Task Force

President's Environmental Sustainability and Greening Task Force

As we witness the undeniable effect that climate change continues to have on our world, a coordinated and dedicated approach to environmental sustainability and greening healthcare at Sunnybrook is increasingly imperative.

From the time of the founding of our campuses and in recent history, we have a great track record of environmental initiatives and have been recognized for over a decade as one of Canada's Greenest Employers. While this is an admirable achievement, we know we can and must do more.

The President’s Environmental Sustainability and Greening Task Force was established in 2022 to focus on guiding and supporting initiatives that will improve our greening and environmental stewardship at Sunnybrook.

The taskforce includes 15 members from the hospital and Sunnybrook Foundation.

The input and efforts from these members will be integral to creating change within our organization, and we thank them for their efforts.

The first step will be to create a multi-year strategy with a focus on elements such as, clinical operations, green buildings, procurement and waste, and a building a culture of sustainability.

The threats to our natural world are complex and addressing them can feel like an overwhelming challenge. However, Sunnybrook is committed to creating lasting change and will be focused on producing tangible results that will have an impact.

Meet the co-chairs

Michael Lithgow

Michael is the Manager of Energy & Climate Action in the Plant Operations and Maintenance Department. He is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED® Accredited Professional. He has worked for over 30 years in energy efficiency and green buildings, but is particularly pleased to have helped bring diverse sustainability initiatives to Sunnybrook including beehives, electric vehicle chargers, Bike Share and cogeneration. Now, with the creation of this Task Force, Michael is eager to further collaborate with colleagues from across the organization to achieve ever greater sustainability for our Sunnybrook community and the planet.

 

Dr. Susan Deering

Susan is the Division Lead for Long Term Care in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sunnybrook. She is deeply concerned about the changes we have been and will be experiencing as a result of climate change, particularly the impact on human health. As the health care sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and waste, Susan feels strongly that we must act to reduce our contribution. She has been working with an interprofessional team to reduce the impact that comes from certain types of inhaled medications, and this is now a quality priority for our organization. Susan is excited about the opportunity to be part of creating solutions at Sunnybrook, and working together with other people who are also passionate about these issues.

 

Genny Ng

Genny is a Performance Improvement Specialist and the Accreditation Lead at Sunnybrook, where she implements quality improvement initiatives with an aim to provide appropriate patient care and oversees Accreditation preparations for the organization. Genny has worked at Sunnybrook for over 12 years, prior to joining the department of Quality & Patient Safety, she worked as a Respiratory Therapist caring for critically ill patients. Genny’s passion for sustainability sparked when she read about the global decline in bee populations and their impact on future food security; this led her to help bring beehives to Sunnybrook. Genny is excited to serve as a co-chair for this Task Force to implement sustainable change to clinical processes, supply management, and raise awareness for a sustainable health system.

In the coming months, our co-chairs and the task force members will be reaching out across the organization, and beyond, to create meaningful change and they look forward to sharing our accomplishments that will help care for our patients, ourselves, and our planet.