Senior Director, Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic
Jon Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis the triple bottom line. Jon directs the Clinic’s sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, sustainable food, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Jon leads the organization’s climate action which includes climate resilience planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Jon works with local food systems, chairing a committee that oversees farmer’s markets, working with vendors to source more local and sustainable food and educate caregivers and the community on benefits of sustainable food systems. Jon serves on the Healthcare Sector Steering committee for the Better Building Challenge, on the board of the 2030 District and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and works with EPA on its Energy Star program. Jon’s team works to engage Cleveland Clinic caregivers and the community in this effort to support the overall goal of linking environmental health and human health to make our world healthier. Jon earned an MBA and MPOD from CWRU and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. Jon was honored with the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – Word Edition Award in November, 2017.
Health care is responsible for nearly 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Given what we all know about sustainability – you can’t manage what you don’t measure – our hospitals needed a toolkit to help them do just that. The Practice Greenhealth Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit is built on the GHG Protocol and […]
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