Executive Director, Environmental Stewardship, Kaiser Permanente
Seema Wadhwa is the Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship for Kaiser Permanente. Her environmental stewardship work includes collaborating across a wide set of functions including facilities, purchasing, finance, community health, physician groups, and more. Seema represents KP externally in coalitions, policy arenas, and other critical forums. Seema works to continue KP’s leadership across healthcare and evolve efforts to support communities to create equitable and inclusive action for environment and health. Prior to her time at KP, Seema worked as the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System in Virginia. During that time, she developed the organizational framework for sustainable operations that included energy, water, waste management, sustainable foods, alternative transportation and environmentally preferable purchasing. She put in place key data and system tools, along with establishing the governance and organizational structures, policy recommendations and goals to hardwire climate and health into the organization. She also served as a national director for the Healthier Hospital Initiatives, a coalition of 1,300 hospitals across the US to accelerate the adoption of sustainable and climate smart scalable solutions. She most recently founded her own consultancy, Net Positive Solutions, working with mission driven and non-profit organizations across the country advising on strategies for sustainability. She has spoken, written and published extensively on environmental and sustainability issues, including co-authored the first book for leadership in the field of healthcare sustainability. She has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and hails from the great country of Canada, where she grew up. Seema started her career building roads and neighborhoods and now works to create healthier and more equitable communities.