Workshops and training

Developed specifically for hospital leaders and their teams, our workshops and training build awareness and action for sustainable health systems.

Healthcare leaders driving change

Leaders play a critical role in driving the transformation towards sustainable healthcare within healthcare organizations.

To maximize our impact across the global healthcare sector, we focus on hospital CEOs and leaders with education and development activities – helping these leaders drive the reduction of hospital emissions and environmental impact.

By equipping hospital executives with the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills, we support hospitals to become leaders for sustainability within their communities towards a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

Learning programme for healthcare leaders

Mastering leadership skills for net-zero, resilient, and sustainable hospitals – improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere

- Identify the important steps to drive sustainability within your organization, health system, and community.

- Gain a deeper understanding of the health, social, and financial co-benefits associated with environmentally sustainable practices in healthcare.

- Implement effective actions to improve your organization's climate adaption, mitigation and resiliency strategies.

The curriculum, format and delivery mode (face-to-face or online) can be tailored to your needs. Costs are based on competitive rates, according to the country income level and the chosen format.

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Navigating Net Zero: Essential leadership for today and tomorrow

Masterclass from the IHF’s Geneva Sustainability Centre

The Navigating Net-Zero masterclasses are a one-day executive leadership course for healthcare leaders worldwide to address the sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. They are run by expert faculty from the International Hospital Federation at the Geneva Sustainability Centre.

This masterclass gives hospital leaders the key information and tools to assess, plan, and address sustainability whilst honing their leadership competencies. The format and content of masterclasses can be adjusted to suit a country or region’s needs.

Modules include:

Setting the scene

An introduction to climate change, its health impacts and the carbon footprint of healthcare.

Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL)

A decision-making learning simulation to test multi-year pathways to decarbonize a hospital.

Taking action as leaders

Exploring the leadership role that hospital executives and other personnel can play in addressing climate change and sustainability.

Anchoring the transformation

Aligning sustainable healthcare leadership with core delivery competencies such as quality of care and financial requirements.

Deep-dive modules

Mastered the basics but want to learn more? Our deep-dive modules could be for you...

  • Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL) – standalone core module

    A decision-making learning tool to prioritize actions and test multi-year pathways to decarbonize a hospital. Whilst CELL is a core component of our masterclass, it can very easily be used as a standalone learning module. Suitable environments include within hospital training and universities. This can be delivered as a two-hour workshop with groups, or as a self-paced module where individuals can work through it in their own time.

  • Leadership and governance

    This module helps learners understand the value of leadership commitment to sustainable healthcare. Learners will be introduced to the IHF Leadership Model in the context of sustainability and approaches for adjusting governance frameworks to embed sustainability into hospital operations. Finally, the value of engaging internal and external stakeholders for sustainability initiatives will be explored.

  • Engaging staff in sustainable healthcare

    This module introduces the importance of engaging hospital staff on a hospital’s net-zero healthcare mission – executives set the vision and goals, but you need staff to help you co-design, execute and measure the progress towards decarbonization. Strategies for workforce engagement are explored, including Chief Sustainability Officers, Green Teams, and communication strategies.

  • Sustainable procurement for healthcare

    A hospital’s supply chain is its most carbon intensive area of operations. It is imperative that it is a key part of a hospital’s pathway to net-zero. Learners will be introduced to the concept of sustainable procurement, exploring the opportunities procurement departments have to effect change through collaboration with hospital departments and suppliers alike. The module closes by providing tangible strategies for participants to implement to get them started within their organizations.

  • Waste, single-use items, circular economy

    This module introduces lifecycle thinking as an approach to the things we buy. Moving away from a linear model of resource use – buy-use-dispose – to the lifecycle approach that encourages holistic thinking about how items are made and used, and then thought given to how they can be repurposed after disposal – replenished, re-used, restored, and so on. A key point in all of this is rethinking and reducing our waste in the first place, amongst other options. This is discussed in the context of hospital waste management systems, with a focus on single use plastics and food waste.

  • Finance for health and climate

    The cost of making operations more sustainable is often considered a barrier to action, but people are often surprised at the cost savings that can be achieved. This module frames its approach to finance as a necessary opportunity to act now, as opposed to the far greater cost of acting too late. It introduces examples of initial cost outlays that pay for themselves over time, such as solar panels and more efficient HVAC systems. Case studies which highlight cost savings through behaviour change and rethinking of clinical pathways and hospital systems are explored. Establishing a green fund to fund staff projects is presented as a way to engage staff, save money, and reinvest.

  • Low-carbon and sustainable food

    Food is an enormously important aspect of hospital operations, but it can have a high carbon footprint. This module explores the opportunities available to hospitals to rethink their approach to food, such as providing more vegetarian options, reviewing portion sizes, and sourcing locally-produced organic and seasonal food. Ultimately it is about providing healthy, nutritious food with a lower carbon footprint. Dealing with food waste is also discussed in the context of circular economic thinking.

  • Low-carbon clinical care

    Operating rooms are often 3-6 times more energy intensive than the rest of the hospital and are a major producer of waste. This module introduces a low-carbon, high-value care approach with the aim of reducing carbon emissions without compromising on patient outcomes. From integrating sustainable prescribing practices to reducing carbon emissions from operating theatres, in this module healthcare providers are provided with insight on integrating practices that contribute to a healthier environment whilst delivering high-quality care.

  • Introduction to systems thinking in healthcare

    To be sustainable within the healthcare system is to recognize the inter-connectedness between people, profit, and the planet. This module explores a systems-thinking approach to not only mitigate the environmental impact of climate change but also optimize patient outcomes and promote equitable healthcare access for all. By integrating sustainability into every aspect of the healthcare system, we foster an innovative mindset where hospitals strive to minimize their carbon footprint while enhancing community wellbeing.

Delivery modes

How do we deliver our learning programme? We work with you based on your needs.

As an international organization working with organizations all over the world, we are flexible on delivery modes. We do recommend the masterclass is delivered face-to-face to offer the best possible learning experience, with lots of interaction points, but we often then deliver deep-dive modules online, with a variety of formats available. We work with organizations based on their needs.


We can deliver any of our modules face-to-face, and this format increases interactivity. We recommend our masterclass is delivered face-to-face, but organizations can then move to online delivery for deep-dive modules.


The one-hour live webinars with the Geneva Sustainability Centre introduce a deep-dive topic and give participants clear takeaways to implement. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the presenters.  

Online Workshops

Our online workshops can be delivered in 1.5–2.5 hours, and are more interactive than webinars. These workshops are intended to support members who are looking to go beyond the first steps of incorporating sustainability in their organizations.

Induction videos

We can work with organizations to develop short, online videos that introduce a given topic and provides participants with key takeaways. These 10–15-minute self-paced videos are ideal for large organizations looking to empower their workforce.


Usually, our learning programme is delivered by our team. But we can also train your organization’s staff to deliver our content over time. This might be a good option if your organization has in-house staff trainers.

Self-paced online – under development

We are currently developing our learning management system (LMS) to deliver all of our modules in a self-paced format. We can work with organizations to deliver these on our LMS or theirs, and this format can incorporate hybrid delivery.

Training highlights

Advancing sustainability and resilience in hospitals in India

At the 11th International Patient Safety Conference (23 February 2024) in Bangalore, India, the Geneva Sustainability Centre participated in a panel discussion, delivered a Navigating Net-Zero Masterclass to local healthcare executives, and visited IHF Members at their hospitals to discuss their plans and progress on the journey to sustainability.

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Navigating Net-Zero: Masterclass at the World Hospital Congress

At the 46th World Hospital Congress in Lisbon, The Geneva Sustainability Centre’s masterclass was delivered in Portuguese on 23 October and in English on 24 October.

For hospitals managers around the world, mastering sustainability is an essential modern leadership competency. Take the lead with confidence alongside the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s world-class faculty and learn strategic tools you can implement immediately. This masterclass brings together the scientific imperative with practical expertise on how to successfully transition to low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable healthcare.

Geneva Sustainability Study Tour for Polish Hospital Executives

On 1–2 May 2023, the IHF’s Geneva Sustainability Centre was pleased to welcome the Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) for a 2-day study tour on sustainability. Here’s a round-up of highlights from the event and how joining a masterclass or tour with the Centre supports hospital leaders to become climate leaders.

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Carbon challenge of healthcare: IHF partners in action

At the 45th World Hospital Congress, an IHF partners' workshop focused on net zero, climate resilient, and sustainable healthcare. Attendees learned and exchanged on concrete ways of delivering net zero in a hospital or healthcare setting.
This tabletop exercise was led by The Joint Commission, and chaired by their President and CEO, Dr Jonathan B. Perlin. Invited participants came from IHF partner organizations including the World Economic Forum, WONCA and ISQua.

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Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL)

Simulation tool for hospital executives

Geneva Sustainability Centre’s CELL is an innovative online tool that simulates a hospital executive's decision-making process. Based on real-world data, users will develop the skills and knowledge to embed sustainability practices into their organization.

As a simulation experience, CELL allows leaders to explore and invest in sustainable initiatives, while making critical trade-offs to achieve a target reduction in emissions over a multi-year period. CELL provides hospital leaders with a realistic and immersive learning experience that informs real-world managerial decision-making in transitioning their hospitals towards net-zero emissions.

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Meet the faculty

Our faculty deliver tailor-made training and development courses to support healthcare leaders to become climate leaders.

Andy Garman

Andrew Garman

Senior Leadership Development Advisor | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Andrew (Andy) is an industrial psychologist, professor, award-winning author and educator – bringing decades of experience facilitating learning programmes to his consultancy role.

Sonia Roschnik

Sonia Roschnik

Executive Director | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sonia provides strategic leadership, with responsibility for the development and implementation of the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s vision, goals and workplan, and management of its operations.

Ryan Crowder

Programme Lead – Strategic Initiatives

Ryan manages partnerships related to programmes and resources as well as commercial strategies for the IHF and the Geneva Sustainability Centre.

Aditi Jayaram

Project Officer | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Aditi manages projects for learning development focusing on sustainable healthcare for the Geneva Sustainability Centre.


Thomas Dakin

Programme Lead – Learning Programmes | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Thomas (Tom) leads the development and delivery of an executive-focused learning programme and its faculty, including masterclasses, study tours and peer learning.


Renzo Costa

Project Officer | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Renzo supports the delivery of projects and programmatic initiatives driving the strategy and engagement of the Geneva Sustainability Centre.

Sylvia Basterrechea

Sylvia Basterrechea

Programme Lead | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sylvia manages strategy and engagement related to leadership for sustainability, as well as the IHF’s international framework of healthcare leadership competencies.

Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH), Brazil

Marco Antonio Saavedra Bravo

Project and Kaizen Manager
Young Executive Leaders 2023

IHF Member: Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH), Brazil. Planning strategies and managing guidelines focused on increasing the performance of hospital operations and the patient journey.


  • Can I access your learning programme even if my organization is not an IHF member?

    Yes! While we prioritize serving the IHF community, and service costs are reduced for them, we are very happy to work with any organization that is interesting in strengthening its capacity for sustainable healthcare.

  • How much does your learning programme cost?

    This depends on a number of factors:

    • Whether your organization is an IHF member or not. IHF members get discounts.
    • Which country your organization operates in. We offer a progressive pricing structure based on the income level of your country, as defined by the World Bank. This ranges from low-income all the way to high-income countries.
    • What services you are looking for.

    We are a not-for-profit organization, so fees are just to cover our operating costs. We want our services to be affordable for any organization looking to make their hospital more sustainable, and we work with organizations from all over the world to make this happen.

    Get in touch today so we can discuss your needs: