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Masterclass in Sustainable Healthcare

April 22 & 23, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


  • $500 plus HST for two full days
  • $300 plus HST for one day

The Masterclass is a two-day professional education program for those with an interest in environmental sustainability in the health sector. It is geared towards front line staff, administrators and leaders within care delivery organizations, and administrators and leaders within professional and support organizations.

  • Day One: Motivating Change: Inspiring a shift toward sustainable healthcare
  • Day Two: Making Change: Innovating a shift toward sustainable healthcare

Day Two will build on the information, concepts, and approaches from Day One, and participants who complete both days will receive a Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Healthcare.

Participants may elect to participate in only one day at a rate of $300/day (plus HST)*.

*If cost is prohibitive, please contact us at cshs@utoronto.ca as some subsidies are available.

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Why Sustainable Healthcare?

Climate change is recognized as the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century (Lancet, 2018; WHO, 2015; UCL/Lancet Commission, May 2009). Canada’s healthcare system is a large, resource-intensive sector of the Canadian economy; it is responsible for at least 4.6% of national carbon dioxide emissions annually (Eckelman, 2018), and ranks third in per capita health system emissions globally (Lancet, 2019). While the sector dedicated to extending and improving our quality of life is a significant contributor to a phenomenon putting human health at risk, there are many opportunities for the health sector to develop and implement sustainability interventions that protect, promote, and prioritize health.

Masterclass Learning Objectives

 Day One – Motivating Change: Inspiring a shift toward sustainable healthcare

Day One will provide an introduction to the relationship between health systems and environmental sustainability, an overview of strategies to communicate effectively on sustainability opportunities, and an exploration of the application of principles of adaptive leadership to sustainability challenges.

At successful completion of Day One, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the environmental impacts of the health sector
  • Recognize opportunities for sustainable improvements in the health sector
  • Effectively communicate about sustainability in/of health systems
  • Craft a pitch for a sustainability intervention in their setting
  • Understand and use adaptive leadership skills to initiate, promote, and support sustainability interventions

Day Two – Making Change: Innovating a shift toward sustainable healthcare

Day Two will provide a solid understanding of how foundational concepts and tools of implementation science and quality improvement can be used to address sustainability challenges in the health sector.

At successful completion of Day Two, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the Sustainable Quality Improvement (SusQI) Framework
  • Explain the Quality Improvement process
  • Approach sustainability interventions through a SusQI lens
  • Explain the basic principles of implementation science