Friday, February 24, 2017

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care invites members of the Canadian College of Health Leaders to new Climate Change Resiliency Mentoring Program

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Based upon the increasing climate change impacts many facilities are already experiencing, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and collaborator University Health Network (UHN), are offering Canada’s first climate change resiliency mentoring program to College members in hospitals across Canada using the Coalition’s Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit.

The Coalition is eminently qualified to lead such an initiative having just won Gold status for Climate Change Leadership in the 2020 Challenge Climate Champion Awards as part of Health Care Without Harm's Global Green and Healthy Hospitals initiative. Partner UHN is similarly internationally recognized as multiple award winners for Climate Resiliency (Gold 2015, Gold 2016) and Climate Leadership (Silver 2015, Gold 2016) and Energy Efficiency (Silver 2015).

Under the new Mentoring Program, virtual collaborative learning groups will be established to train representatives from hospitals to use the Toolkit at their sites and help these organisations become more aware of their preparedness level to withstand climate change incidents. Opportunities will also be explored to embed resiliency practices into existing health care priorities such as emergency planning and sustainability programs.

"The Mentoring Program will help generate a greater understanding of climate change resiliency within the health services sector," claims Coalition Executive Director Linda Varangu.

Together with UHN, the Coalition team is developing climate change resiliency best practices for health care facilities, which will integrate with and expand the Coalition’s Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit.

Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, participation in the Mentoring Program is FREE but space is limited. Participants will have exclusive access to peer mentoring, and take part in educational webinars, networking conference calls and will develop their skills as climate change resiliency champions in their health care organisation. Participants will also have an opportunity to contribute to the national health care climate change resiliency conversation and be recognized for climate leadership within their community. Program benefits are valued at approximately $15,000.

For more information on the climate change Mentoring Program see the Coalition website at:  If you are interested in participating in the mentoring program contact Linda Varangu at

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit:

The University Health Network received the College's Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award in 2016. 

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