Concurrent Session

1:15-2:15 PM | CEUs: 1

Speakers: Helen Wirth, RDN (Kestgo) | 2nd Speaker TBA

In an era where environmental consciousness and social responsibility are paramount, this session delves into the critical imperative for every food service operator to adopt a robust sustainability plan. Our discussion will explore the intersection of climate change and health emphasizing the role of food service operations in shaping a sustainable future. Attendees will gain insights into the momentum driving sustainability in healthcare and understand the unique priorities within food service operations. From examining impactful sustainability initiatives to offering practical guidance on how to initiate and integrate sustainable practices, this session provides a comprehensive roadmap for operators to align their strategies with evolving environmental and social expectations. Join us to discover the transformative potential of sustainability planning and learn how it not only benefits the planet but also enhances the overall health and resilience of your food service operation.

Attendees will:

  • — Understanding the Connections between Climate Change and Health Impacts: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of climate change within the context of the healthcare industry. This objective aims to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to recognize the broader environmental and health implications associated with their industry and food service operations.
  • — Navigating Sustainability Priorities Specific to Food Service Operations: Attendees will identify and prioritize key sustainability considerations within food service operations. This objective focuses on providing practical insights into the unique challenges and opportunities faced by foodservice operators, ensuring that participants leave with a clear understanding of where to focus their sustainability efforts for maximum impact and cost savings.
  • — Developing Strategies for Initiating and Implementing Sustainable Practices: This objective aims to empower participants with actionable strategies for initiating and implementing sustainability plans in their food service operations. Attendees will learn about impactful sustainability initiatives, gaining practical insights into successful case studies. The goal is to enable participants to return to their organizations equipped with a roadmap and actionable steps to kickstart or enhance their sustainability initiatives.