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CleanMed Named Emerging Green Conference by Professional Convention Managers
Boston, MA — CleanMed 2013 is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as the “Emerging Green Conference” by the Capital Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). CleanMed is the nation’s preeminent conference for health care sustainability. It is sponsored by Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm. The “Emerging Green” award recognized sustainable initiatives being taken for CleanMed 2013 that include a Mobile App, InGo attendee networking system, Carbon Offset initiative, ePosters and the effort to reduce printed materials onsite.
“Sustainability has been a goal at all CleanMed conferences in the past. However, this year we are doing much more . . . The programs we are putting in place this year involves new technologies and innovation, and embrace a more modern convention platform.”
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“Sustainability has been a goal at all CleanMed conferences in the past,” stated Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, Director of Education, Training & Events, Practice Greenhealth. “However, this year we are doing much more to supplement our recycling, providing sustainable food and paper reduction of the past. The programs we are putting in place this year involves new technologies and innovation, and embraces a more modern convention platform.”
For example, CleanMed 2013 will utilize only electronic signs, using the system provided by the host conference hotel, the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA. It will eschew the traditional paper poster session for e—posters, eliminating the printing and transport of paperboard posters. CleanMed 2013 will also embrace more electronic technology through offering a MobileApp for the first time and will offer a carbon offset to counter the greenhouse gases being produced by the conference.
“We are also excited about the InGo attendee networking system, which is also a first for us,” continued Abernathy. “InGo allows attendees to exchange all contact information without exchanging any business cards or paper.”
PCMA is recognized in the meetings industry as the leader in providing high quality education, innovative resources, and networking opportunities designed to help build relationships that are critical to your success. Meeting planners make up the bulk of PCMA membership. The Capital Chapter serves Washington, DC and surrounding areas.
In 2013, CleanMed will take place on April 24-26 in Boston, MA. Keynote speakers will include noted journalist and author Bill McKibben, and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Don Berwick.
Heath Care without Harm, an international coalition of more than 500 organizations in 53 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. To learn more about HCWH's work, visit our website at www.noharm.org, our YouTube channel at HCwithoutharm, and our twitter feed at hcwithoutharm.
Health Care Without Harm and The Commonwealth Fund present a webinar based on the recent groundbreaking findings on how hospitals can achieve savings and reduce their carbon footprint through sustainability programs. This one-hour webinar draws on the findings of a recent Health Care Without Harm Research Collaborative/ Commonwealth Fund study, "Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?" which shows that savings from interventions to reduce energy use and waste, and achieve operating room supply efficiencies could exceed $5.4 billion over five years and $15 billion over 10 years for the health care sector. In addition to detailing the study findings, the webinar includes presentations from two health systems about why they chose to focus on sustainability and what challenges and rewards are in store.
- Energy Impact Calculator
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- Learn about Practice Greenhealth and the Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange
- Green Guide for Health Care Report:
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- Healthcare Energy Project Guidebook, designed to provide decision makers with knowledge about improving energy efficiency (pdf)