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Assessment & Measurement

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) recently hired a Senior Sustainability Data Analyst within their Sustainability Department, aiming to establish baseline metrics, track sustainability goals, and drive environmental impact reductions across the health system using advanced technologies and data-driven insights.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is an academic medical center located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) in Boston.

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health and is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. They are a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, and more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

BIDMC’s passion is caring for their patients like they are family, discovering new therapies and cures using the most advanced technologies, and inspiring and teaching the caregivers and investigators of tomorrow. They believe in putting people at the center of everything they do to provide extraordinary care every day.

Charting a Course with Data-driven Insights

Collecting, analyzing and reporting are critical tasks for measuring progress towards greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets and goals.

However, key sustainability metrics are not readily available and require the combination of several internal and external data sources. To establish this competency, BIDMC hired a Senior Sustainability Data Analyst to support the Sustainability Program Manager. The hiring of a senior sustainability data analyst provides oversight for these data sources and ensures that the reporting is validated and representative of the organization's boundaries. The main objective for the Senior Sustainability Analyst is to collaborate with the Sustainability Department in their goal to minimize the environmental and public health impacts of all hospital activities, including patient care and research, to serve our patients compassionately and effectively, and to create a healthy future.

This position is responsible for identifying formats and data sources necessary to establish a baseline across the hospital in the areas of climate (energy, anesthetics, transportation, waste, and food), water, employee engagement, responsible procurement, and other sustainability key areas of interest. In addition, the sustainability analyst will create dashboards that track BIDMC’s sustainability metrics and goals to improve transparency across the organization. The role is responsible for identifying data-driven program opportunities and measuring effectiveness of environmental impact reductions across the health system.

BIDMC’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, alongside their Jane Matlaw Environmental Champion awardees. For 25 years, they’ve hosted an annual sustainability celebration that offers the opportunity to reflect and celebrate how far they have come to create a healthy future for their patients, their families, and themselves through their sustainability efforts at BIDMC. At this event, they honor individuals and teams that have demonstrated leadership and innovation towards their sustainability goals.

BIDMC’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, alongside their Jane Matlaw Environmental Champion awardees

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