The Biden Administration recently announced a commitment to reduce the US’s carbon emissions between 50–52% by 2030. Such a reduction will require action from all parts of the US economy, and healthcare is no exception. Healthcare is responsible for nearly 10% of the US’s greenhouse gas footprint, and there’s a surprising number of things medical practitioners and administrators can do to reduce that footprint while maintaining quality care. Utilizing sustainability engineering and industrial ecology, Dr. Thiel (NYU Langone Health & NYU Tandon) and her clinical partners are able to quantify the emissions from medical procedures and design safe approaches toward more efficient medical practice. This talk will provide an overview of the emerging field of “clinical sustainability” and what it means for healthcare to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Center for the Environment and Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health.

Featured Speaker

Cassandra Thiel, PhD

Assistant Professor
Grossman School of Medicine
Wagner School of Public Service
Tandon School of Engineering