Michael Gentile


Northwell Health | Senior Advisor, Energy, Engineering & Infrastructure


Track H: Decarbonization and Electrification

Session H1: Empowering Staff and Building a Decarbonization Culture

September 25, 2024 | 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Empowering and Building a Decarbonization Culture - Northwell Health

Decarbonizing the healthcare sector requires fundamental changes to facility operations to be effective. Actionable plans must start from the top down in order for these decarbonization strategies to be effective. How Northwell Health was able to create an effective culture to pursue aggressive decarbonization strategies to meet and exceed its decarbonization goals while utilizing in-house staff for implementation will be demonstrated. An investment of a system-wide facility training program for building operators was implemented. This training and the healthcare organization’s culture fostered facilities operations staff to be empowered to suggest operational changes. As a result, measures were implemented that allowed the organization to effectively progress and exceed its decarbonization and sustainability goals.

Speaker Bio

Michael has over 13 years of experience as an engineer working with utility distributed energy resource (DER) programs. He was responsible for program planning and design, performing feasibility studies of new technologies, and managing engineering teams who were responsible for reviewing projects in the utility’s pipeline.

Michael is currently a Senior Advisor for the Infrastructure and Engineering team at Northwell Health, which consist of 20+ hospital sites. He advises on strategic energy efficiency and implementation plans with a goal to reduce the healthcare system’s operating costs, carbon footprint, and incorporate energy efficiency to capital infrastructure projects. He also reviews MEP designs for system-wide projects with a focus on code compliance, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and a Certified Energy Manager.