Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

ecocare_2010_logoDayle Laing presented “Greening Healthcare Fabrics” to an enthusiastic group of green team members and physicians at the EcoCare 2010 conference on October 19, 2010 in London, Ontario.

ecocare_taglineEcoCare 2010 - Understanding Our Impact...Creating Positive Change, is “the only conference in Canada to speak directly to the link between healthcare and the environment, and presents both practical and innovative ways to encourage and inspire ecological stewardship within the Canadian healthcare sector”.

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Her main point was avoid chemical finishes where possible, to minimize toxic exposure to chemicals for immunocompromised patients and staff. She described her selection criteria based on the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and explained the relevant third party certifications for textiles. Fabrics to avoid and more importantly, suggestions for what fabrics to use instead were made.

Dayle had the opportunity to travel to London the prior evening to join the conference and hear the keynote speech from the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, who affirmed the importance of this conference and this direction for healthcare professionals.

Hospitals are leading the way for sustainability in all areas of their facility, with the understanding that green practices will save them money, streamline their operations as well as improve health and safety for staff and patients.

The research for this presentation evolved into a collaboration between Dayle and Dr. Walter Kean, MD and Professor of Rheumatology at McMaster University. The research was published in the Journal of Green Building. More can be read and the paper can be downloaded.

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Dayle,<br /><br />Congratulations for your success with a healthcare audience. Being motivated and explaining clearly why, is contagious, in the good sense here.<br /><br />Cheers to you,<br />Helene<br /><br />Yes, contagious is a good word in...

Dayle,<br /><br />Congratulations for your success with a healthcare audience. Being motivated and explaining clearly why, is contagious, in the good sense here.<br /><br />Cheers to you,<br />Helene<br /><br />Yes, contagious is a good word in this sense, as momentum builds for people making a difference! Thanks for your encouragement and comment.<br /><br />Kindest regards,<br />Dayle

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