Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader Robin Guenther participated in the roundtable launch of the White House’s Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative (SCRHCFI), hosted by Counselor to the President John Podesta on December 15, 2014.
This event was an opportunity to hear from White House senior officials and top leaders from the healthcare sector on the new “Primary Protection: Enhancing Healthcare Resilience for a Changing Climate” guide, written by Guenther, and to discuss future actions to ensure resilience in the face of a changing climate.
“A hospital’s climate resilience may be only as strong as the community in which it resides,” said Guenther. “This guide allows people to see the whole picture of why hospitals fail in cold weather, in hot weather, in storms, in tornados as well as understand what similar facilities have done to become more resilient.”
“Climate change represents a significant health risk for a large segment of the global population going forward,” said Guenther. “These best practices in resilient health care infrastructure have universal application around the globe. Sharing them will enable health providers worldwide to continue delivering needed services during and after a significant weather event in their community.”
Robin Guenther is a leading expert and textbook author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. As principal at Perkins+Will, Robin has designed innovative healthcare buildings that have been published nationally and internationally. She is Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm and Chair of the Board for The Healthy Building Network. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on the LEED for Healthcare committee, and spoke at TEDMED 2014. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare.”