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Contact: Linda J. Johnson
UPMC Director of Environmental Initiatives Joins Panel Discussion at Robert H. Jackson Center Event
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Monday, April 10, 2016)—Allison Robinson, PhD, MS, MPW, Director of Environmental Initiatives for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), will be a panel speaker at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s featured event, “How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?” to be held on April 19, 6 p.m., at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. The event will explore the business opportunities and risks inherent in environmental sustainability.
This program is part of GREENUP Jamestown, a series of events leading up to Earth Day.
Allison Robinson will discuss UPMC’s work to strengthen their fiscal health and the well-being of their communities through mitigating environmental impacts. Other panel speakers will include, Laurie Counsel, Environmental Relations director, Cummins International; Matthew L. Wolford who formerly served as Regional Counsel and as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Region, will address current issues in health, safety, and environmental law. Julia Craighill, president of Ensight Consulting, Jackson Center board member and Jackson’s granddaughter, will provide the opening reflections and moderate the panel. Matthew L. Wolford an Erie, PA attorney and adjunct professor at Gannon University will also share his expertise during the discussion.
“We are excited to welcome Allison to our community,” said Betsy T. Wright, President, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “As a regional leader and health steward, UPMC regards environmental protection essential to a healthy community. Allison brings her in-depth knowledge in developing system wide environmental policies at UPMC and coordination of research initiatives for improving environmentally friendly and sustainable operations. We are very pleased to bring together the expertise of UPMC and the passion of Jackson’s keenness for the environment for the benefit of the communities that we serve.”
Allison Robinson is Program Director of the UPMC Environmental Initiatives Program. She has been advancing a new model for environmentally safe practices that involves system wide environmental policies, coordinated research initiatives, and environmentally friendly and sustainable operations. She also serves on many community and regional committees addressing the incorporation of sustainability. Dr. Robinson earned her Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health and her M.A.’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. She was a post-doctoral fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a summer fellow with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science at the Harvard School of Public Health.
To learn how UPMC is a leader in creating a new model for “green” health care, visit these links, http://www.upmc.com/about/community-commitment/greening/Pages/default.aspx, http://www.upmc.com/about/community-commitment/greening/Pages/events.aspx, and http://www.upmc.com/about/why-upmc/excellence/Pages/sustainable-pittsburgh.aspx.
For information on the Robert H. Jackson Center event go to https://www.roberthjackson.org/event/how-vital-is-corporate-environmental-responsibility/. For more information about UPMC Chautauqua WCA, visit UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.
About UPMC Community Benefits
Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2016. Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in Pennsylvania. The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.