Lauren Kleinman, MA, MENR is an Outreach Specialist for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a free, three year initiative designed to accelerate the widespread use of proven sustainability practices throughout the health care sector for improved health of patients, staff, and the community. Prior to joining HHI, Lauren worked for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as an Administrative Manager, incorporating her passion for health, wellness, and sustainability at every opportunity. While she worked at OSUWMC, she completed her dual Masters degrees in Environment and Natural Resources and Public Policy. Her Masters project compared energy model predictions with actual energy performance of three LEED buildings on campus, resulting in LEED building follow-up audits one year post-occupancy. In addition to the opportunities she sought at work and through school, she was a student leader in groups such as Net Impact and the Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Committee (SERC) for the Council of Graduate Students. SERC joined student sustainability initiatives together to leverage their numbers for a larger impact, and published a student sustainability resolution that successfully encouraged OSU administration to define a sustainability plan for the university.
By combining her graduate degrees, work experience, and student leadership opportunities, Lauren was able to land her version of a "dream job." She also writes grants for a local watershed advocacy nonprofit and is a board member at Green Columbus, a nonprofit that organizes local Earth Day activities and focuses on sustainability within the community.