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Toward a Sustainable Clinical Lab

About This Webinar

Providing health care services uses energy and materials that ultimately have a carbon footprint and contribute to climate change. The adverse impacts of climate change on human health are well documented, leaving health care providers in a quandary. In particular, clinical laboratories consume a lot of energy and single use materials, along with chemicals, water, and cold storage. Thus, opportunities to reduce clinical labs’ environmental impact are increasingly sought by hospital sustainability leaders.

In this webinar, James Connelly, CEO of My Green Lab, will discuss green labs and opportunities to work toward building more sustainable clinical labs. Special guest speakers, Ilyssa O. Gordon, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology and medical director of sustainability at the Cleveland Clinic, and Fiona Young, MSc, senior medical scientist at Irish Blood Transfusion Service National Donor Screening Laboratory, will share examples of successful changes implemented in clinical labs.

  • Understand the environmental impact of delivering health care
  • Identify resource reduction strategies in the clinical laboratory that align with diagnostic and safety needs
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Chief Executive Officer, My Green Lab
One of the most influential leaders in the corporate sustainability and green building movement today, James Connelly is the chief executive officer of My Green Lab. James is a frequent keynote speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business, and laboratory sustainability. He is an avid writer, and his research and commentary have been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue, CGTN TV, Engineering News Record, Building Green, Trim Tab, Sustainable Brands, and GreenBiz. Before joining My Green Lab, James was the vice president of strategic growth for the International Living Future Institute, where he led international growth strategy and became a founding board member of Living Future Institute Europe. During his time at ILFI, James created several leading-edge sustainability programs, including Declare, an innovative ingredient transparency label for non-toxic building products; Living Product Challenge, the world’s most advanced sustainability standard for building products; Just, a social equity label for organizations; and Zero Carbon Building Certification. James has won numerous scholarships and awards for his research and work—notably, he received a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to research on green building rating systems in China, was selected as a Greenbiz 30 under 30 Sustainable Business Leader in 2016, and a Net Zero Energy Trailblazer in 2019.
Webinar hosting presenter
Senior Medical Scientist - National Donor Screening Laboratory, Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Fiona Young is a Senior Medical Scientist in the National Donor Screening Laboratory (NDSL) in the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), Dublin, Ireland. She has a BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Biomedical Science and has worked in different laboratories within the IBTS since 2003. Fiona is a Green Lab Ambassador and the lead scientist in the pilot NDSL My Green Lab certification project in the IBTS. This was the first collaborative project for the NDSL which encompasses three laboratories; automated donor grouping, virology and nucleic acid testing. Fiona is proud of the huge success in attaining ‘Green’ status in the certification process in December 2021, and in June 2022, NDSL was awarded ‘Sustainable Business Team of the Year’ at the inaugural PwC & Business Post Sustainable Business Awards.
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Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Director of Sustainability - Cleveland Clinic
Ilyssa O. Gordon, MD, PhD, is associate professor of pathology and medical director of sustainability at the Cleveland Clinic.