WHO green leader joins GHI’s “Business, Health and Climate” during Climate Week in NYC

Dr. Carlos Dora, the World Health Organization’s lead for “Health in a Green Economy,” has been added to the program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute’s “Business, Health and Climate: Join the Conversation,” a Sept. 22 reception and panel discussion in New York City.

“Business, Health and Climate” is part of New York’s Climate Week, scheduled on the eve of the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 and following the Civil Society Event on Action in Climate and Health, which is co-hosted by GHI, the Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Energy Institute and Office of Sustainability.

GHI Director Jonathan Patz and alumnus Dr. Jeff Thompson, chief executive officer of Gundersen Health System, will explore how going green benefits your triple—social, economic and environmental—bottom line. Kizzy Charles-Guzman, former director of the Climate and Health Program at the New York City Department of Health, will moderate the discussion.

Dora, who analyzes health co-benefits from climate mitigation, will join the conversation to discuss joint partnerships between university research and international agency efforts. Panelists also will share fresh perspectives from the Civil Society Event earlier in the day that includes U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak and Lancet Editor Dr. Richard Horton.

  • Dora, a WHO health policy expert leads work on the health impacts of policies for energy, transportation, housing and mining. He is involved with health impact assessment and systems to manage health risks and benefits.
  • Charles-Guzman, urban conservation policy director for the Nature Conservancy, was also recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work to develop and implement strategies to prepare for and respond to climate-related health impacts.
  • Patz, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is internationally recognized for his work in environment and health.
  • Thompson, a health care industry leader recognized for his environmental stewardship, was named by the White House as one of eleven 2011 Champions of Change in public health and climate.

“Business, Health and Climate” begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Cornell Club. If you are interested in attending, please contact Julie Snyder at julie.snyder@supportuw.org.

By Ann Grauvogl/ Sept. 18, 2014