Feast of St. Francis Webinar: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor: Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Sept. 23, 2021 | 1 - 2 p.m. ET

Published in 2015, Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si called on “all men and women of good will” to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and work to change the way we work and live to be in harmony with creation. The Pope’s appeal recognizes the scientific consensus that human activity is causing irreversible harm to the environment and those living in poverty often suffer the harshest consequences, while having the least ability to cope.

Government and health care policymakers are also taking action to mitigate the worst effects of global warming. The Biden Administration has made a commitment to achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 and the National Academy of Medicine has plans to launch an action collaborative on decarbonizing health care this fall. Given these converging forces health care efforts to reduce their carbon footprint are becoming a top priority.

In this webinar Gary Cohen, president and founder of Health Care Without Harm, along with representatives from Catholic health systems working to eliminate their carbon emissions will discuss concrete actions health care organizations can take to adopt renewable energy and achieve carbon neutrality.


Sept. 23, 2021
1-2 p.m. ET

Registration Fee:
CHA Members: Free
Non-member: Free



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Gary Cohen
President and Founder
Health Care Without Harm

Gary Cohen is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm, based in Reston, Va. Health Care Without Harm was created in 1996 to help transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and support the health and climate resilience of the communities they serve. Since its inception, the nonprofit has grown to lead and partner in groundbreaking initiatives in more than 72 countries.


Nick Ragone, JD
Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Nick Ragone serves as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for Ascension. In this role, he oversees the creation and execution of brand strategy and experience, marketing and advertising, public relations and thought leadership, social media strategy, internal communications and consumer access for Ascension and its subsidiaries. Beginning in 2016, Mr. Ragone has led the national rebranding of Ascension's local health systems and sites of care to adopt the unified Ascension name, the largest such undertaking ever in the provider space.

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Elizabeth Schenk, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship
Providence St. Joseph Health

Elizabeth "Beth" Schenk is the executive director of environmental stewardship for Providence St. Joseph Health and an assistant research professor at Washington State University. She has been a pioneer in environmental stewardship in health care for more than 25 years. In her role, Dr. Schenk partners with other cross-functional leaders to advance systemwide goals that include engaging caregivers in reducing utility costs, energy use, and waste production, while building resilience in the communities served by Providence St. Joseph Health. 

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for:

  • Senior leaders
  • Sustainability leaders
  • Operational leaders
  • Advocacy leaders
  • Green team members
  • Mission leaders
  • Clinical leaders
  • Facility management
  • Purchasing
  • Sponsors
  • Trustees

CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, senior director, community benefit and continuing care.