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Friday, April 17, 2015

Divesting from Fossil Fuels/Investing in Healthy Energy

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Session Description

As the public health consequences of climate change become more dire in their scope, the health sector is waking up to a new healing mission: health professionals need to take the lead on climate change mitigation and advocacy. This session will focus on how health systems and health associations are investing in renewable energy as a strategy to improve global health while divesting from fossil fuels as part of their mission-related and moral imperative.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Friday, April 17 SBS, Seminar 2

Session leaders

  • Gary Cohen Delegate
    Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm
    Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address the environmental health impacts related to toxic chemical exposure and climate change. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm (, and Practice Greenhealth ( In 2006, Cohen received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2007, he received the Frank Hatch Award for enlightened public service. In 2011, The New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Cohen an Environmental Merit Award in recognition of exceptional work and commitment to the environment. Cohen was named by the Huffington Post as a Game Changer in Healthy Living, as well as being named an Ashoka Fellow. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House. In 2015, Cohen was named a MacArthur Fellow and was a recipient of a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation.