Gary Cohen

Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm

Skoll Awardee


Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He was also instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. All three were created to transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and serve as anchor institutions to support environmental health in their communities. Cohen is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the Boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, Health Leads and Coming Clean. Cohen has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House.