The GreenTeam promotes environmental sustainability and enhancement at OHSU
through education, awareness and action.

The GreenTeam is a volunteer organization within OHSU whose members uphold a mission statement of promoting environmental sustainability and enhancement at OHSU through education, awareness, and action.

The GreenTeam formed in 2004 in response to employee's desires to strengthen OHSU's commitment to environmental sustainability. The GreenTeam recognizes OHSU's substantial environmental, economic, and social impacts on the region it serves, and asserts that OHSU must take steps to reduce its impact by implementing institution-wide sustainability commitments, operations and best practices. Only by recognizing the dependence of human health on a healthy environment ­­­­­­­­­­­– and actively working to reduce its environmental impact on the communities it serves – will OHSU be able to fully achieve its mission of "healing, teaching, and discovery."

Since the GreenTeam's inception in 2004, approximately 230 members have joined. Participation is voluntary, cross-disciplinary, and varies widely, from 'interested parties' who submit ideas via the website, to 'active members' who attend the monthly meetings. Members may participate in project task teams, event planning, research, and/or sustainability outreach.

The GreenTeam receives oversight from OHSU's Sustainability Manager and Department of Sustainable Operations. The GreenTeam is responsible for:

  • Establishing annual goals for improved environmental performance, acting toward fulfillment of environmental goals, and monitoring progress toward environmental goals.
  • Identifying, taking inventories of, and improving sustainability initiatives, programs, commitments, and resources at OHSU.
  • Submitting annual sustainability reports to OHSU administration.
  • Educating employees on sustainability best practices, policies and procedures.
  • Providing sustainability resources for OHSU Members and the interested public.
  • Acting as a coordinating organization for sustainability-related programs at OHSU that seek to work together.
  • Raising sustainability awareness within OHSU by expanding the GreenTeam's outreach capacity, presence, and membership base.
  • Meeting regularly.

Main Events

 The GreenTeam regularly organizes sustainability events on OHSU campuses throughout the year, including OHSU Earth Week in April and Sustainable Living Day in the fall season. In addition, the GreenTeam may host events such as ivy pulling work groups, presentations from sustainability professionals, and environmental health conferences. The GreenTeam has also taken the lead to advance institutional commitment to sustainability by authoring university environmental policy. There are many opportunities to learn about and become involved in sustainability at OHSU. Members feel good about taking action with the Green Team!

Contact the GreenTeam

To join the GreenTeam, please contact greentm@ohsu.edu. GreenTeam meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM. Meeting locations vary. Please contact the GreenTeam to have your e-mail added to the listserv or for more information.

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