Health Care Without Harm Honors Environmental Health Leaders

Key members of hospital systems and communities to be honored during the annual CleanMed conference

[Washington, DC] Every year, Health Care Without Harm honors five exceptional individuals who have shown great leadership in the areas of environmental health, waste reduction, and social change. This year’s award winners will be officially honored during CleanMed, an annual health care sustainability conference co-hosted by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, in Dallas, Texas between May 17-19, 2016.

2016 Health Care Without Harm Awards

Environmental Health Hero Award Winner — Richard Moore

Protecting the environment is often about more than just buying a certain kind of product or eating the right foods, it is also just as much about standing up for the rights of the people and communities in need all around us. In 2016, Health Care without Harm has chosen to bestow its highest honor, the Environmental Health Hero Award, to Richard Moore, an individual who has taken this principle to heart for over 50 years.

Health Care Without Harm is proud to recognize Moore, currently the National co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and as the director and co-coordinator of Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque’s South Valley, for this longstanding and tireless support for racial justice and environmental protection for low income people and people of color in New Mexico, regionally, and across the United States. In addition, Moore’s work with local health care clinics in supplying fresh organic produce to low-income patients has been a great example of striving for healthier communities through prevention.

Charlotte Brody Award Winner — Joyce Stein 

After a challenging 36-year career at the University of Michigan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Joyce Stein continues her legacy of caring for and supporting for others by addressing the foundational issue beneath all the work happening within sustainable healthcare movement, prevention. 

Stein’s enduring commitment to the advocacy and support of environmental health goals has resulted in her being honored by Health Care without Harm and the Luminary Project with the Charlotte Brody Award, an acknowledgement given to nursing leaders who are “brilliantly lighting the way to a healthier environment and inspiring other nurses to do the same.” 

Stephanie Davis Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Award and Scholarship Winners

The below winners of the Stephanie Davis Award, named after a pioneer in health care waste reduction, are honored with this award for their work with organizations who aspire to “green” health care.

Christina Shull, RN — Emergency Department, Carle Foundation Hospital

Christina Shull is a registered nurse in the emergency department at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. She is committed to sustainability and waste diversion through recycling.

Debbie Wilson RMN, RGN, BSc — Sustainability Officer, Counties Manukau Health

Debbie has worked in health care for thirty years and moved to Auckland in New Zealand, from the UK, in 2008. Debbie has been working in the field of sustainability as the sustainability officer for Counties Manukau Health since 2012.

Emil Klosowiak — MD candidate at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago

Emil is an MD candidate at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (UIC). In addition to his MD studies he is part of the Innovation Medicine program at UIC, the goal of which is to train future physicians in needs assessment, innovation and design, bridging the gap between the clinic and the developers.

About Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. To learn more about Health Care Without Harm, visit

About CleanMed

CleanMed is the premier global conference on environmentally sustainable health care. CleanMed 2016 is the 13th international conference to catalyze environmental improvements in the health care sector. CleanMed’s mission is to accelerate the health care sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.