Chief Environmental Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
Richard E. Beam is the Chief Environmental Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, the parent organization to a diverse family of brands, including Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. The organizations have served the Western U.S. for more than 160 years and together include 111,000 caregivers who serve in 50 hospitals, 829 clinics and hundreds of programs and services in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Under Richard’s leadership, Providence St. Joseph Health has established an enterprise-wide environmental stewardship program that engages caregivers across a diverse set of verticals to action to set goals, track progress, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program drives both supply and demand side utility management for over $100mm in utility spend and targets aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Under Richard’s leadership, Providence Health & Services earned the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Excellence in Energy Management Awards (2004, 2008, 2009). Richard has been recognized as Energy Manager of the Year – Western United States Region (2007-08) and State of Oregon Energy Manager of the Year (2004).
Richard earned his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
In May 2015, Pope Francis issued his encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home), as a worldwide wake-up call for all individuals, businesses, and nations to care for the planet that we have inherited, after decades of environmental degradation. With hospitals being the second most energy intensive commercial space type in the U.S., […]