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Jeff Rich

Executive Director, Envision®
Gundersen Health System

Jeff joined Gundersen to lead the efficiency improvement department. Jeff developed Gundersen's Envision program. His team supports sustainability efforts within Gundersen Health System involving energy conservation, waste management, and sustainable design. He serves as an advocate for energy and environmental improvement within the healthcare sector.

Prior to joining Gundersen, Jeff was employed with American Standard – Trane where he held a variety of quality engineering, Lean-Six Sigma and engineering management positions. Jeff was also employed with the John Deere Waterloo Works Drive Train Division as an industrial engineer and quality engineer.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a certified Lean-Six Sigma master black belt.

Jeff's speaking history


  • CleanMed Conference, Minneapolis, MN "Top 10 Lessons Learned on the path to energy independence" 5/18/2017
  • Practice Greenhealth Webinar "Benchmarking Towards Energy Independence" 7/19/2017
  • The Organization of MISO States, Madison, WI Panelist speaker on "Customer Perspectives" 8/1/2017
  • Great Plains Institute's Energy Innovation Celebration, St. Paul, MN Panelist speaker on "Amplifying Solutions Through Collaboration: City and Business Leaders Dialogue" 10/11/2017


  • CSWEA – WI Government Affairs Seminar, Middleton, WI "Dairy Digester Projects" 2/25/2016
  • Health Facilities Institute Symposium, Tempe, AZ "Envision® Program Overview" 5/17/2016
  • NEW North - Sustainability Roundtable, Green Bay, WI "Energy Management" 9/15/2016
  • Sustainable Cities Network – Annual Conference, Dubuque, IA "Energy Management" 10/5/2016
  • La Crosse Rotary Club Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 12/27/2016


  • RENEW WI Annual Summit, Madison, WI "Envision® Program Overview" and Panelist 1/9/2015
  • Sustainability Institute Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Achieving Energy Independence" 1/20/2015
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Oconomowoc, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 3/4/2015
  • HKS GreenWeek Conference, Dallas, TX "Envision® Program Overview" 4/23/2015
  • PGH CleanMed Conference, Portland, OR "Top 10 Things to Avoid" 5/14/2015
  • PGH CleanMed Conference, Portland OR "Building the Business Case for Energy Efficiency" 5/14/2015


  • Healthier Hospitals Initiative Webinar "Process Improvement & Energy Management" 2/27/2014
  • Mid-Atlantic Biomass Heat & Power Conference, Gettysburg, PA "Energizing Healthcare" 4/23/2014
  • Practice Greenhealth Climate Energy Series Webinar "Energizing Healthcare" 6/26/2014
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association WI Webinar "Energizing Healthcare" 7/15/2014
  • Gundersen Health System GL Dairy Digester Opening Ceremony and Press Conference 10/3/2014
  • Lean Government Conference, Madison, WI "Process Improvement & Energy Management" 10/9/2014
  • Gundersen Health System Energy Independence Press Conference, La Crosse, WI 11/10/2014


  • U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visit "Envision® Program Overview" 1/18/2013
  • Sustain Dane Business Network Meeting, Madison, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 1/23/2013
  • A.M.A. – M.S. Section V Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI "Envision® Program Overview" 2/1/2013
  • Monroe County Economic Development Conference, Sparta, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 2/28/2013
  • Gundersen Health System Biomass Boiler Ceremony and Press Conference 5/1/2013
  • ASHRAE Regional Conference, La Crosse, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 5/3/2013
  • Healthcare Value Network Webinar "Utilizing Lean Methods for Energy Management" 5/29/2013
  • Healthcare Value Network Gemba Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Learning to See Energy Waste" 7/10/2013
  • Healthier Hospitals Initiative Webinar "Sustaining Gains With Control Plans" 7/23/2013
  • BioCycle Magazine Conference Keynote, Columbus, OH "Achieving Energy Independence" 10/22/2013


  • Efficiency Cities Network Audio Conference "Envision® Energy Conservation Overview " 1/31/2012
  • VHA Upper Midwest Webinar "Improving With an Energy Check-Up" 2/20/2012
  • La Crosse Rotary Club Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Energizing Healthcare" 2/20/2012
  • Amerinet Facility Leadership Forum, Wisconsin Rapids, WI "Improving With an Energy Check-Up" 3/1/2012
  • VHA Upper Midwest CEO/CFO Conference, Chicago, IL "Improving With an Energy Check-Up" 3/20/2012
  • Practice Greenhealth's CleanMed Conference, Denver, CO "Renewable Energy Overview" 5/1/2012
  • Gundersen Health System Landfill Gas Project Opening Ceremony and Press Conference 5/8/2012
  • Gundersen Health System Lewiston Wind Site Opening Ceremony and Press Conference 6/8/2012
  • F.E.I. Chapter Meeting – St. Norbert's College, De Pere, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 9/18/2012
  • Yahara Lakes Association Meeting, Madison, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 9/20/2012
  • VHA Upper Midwest Health Expo, Brooklyn Center, MN "Improving with an Energy Check-Up" 10/4/2012
  • W.A.E.E. Meeting, Onalaska, WI "Envision® Program Overview" 10/23/2012
  • Amerinet IMAGE 2012 Conference, Stevens Point, WI "Renewable Energy Overview" 10/29/2012
  • Badger Bioneers Conference, Madison, WI "Envision® Program Overview and Panelist" 12/12/2012
  • N.R.E.L. / Windustry Webinar "Envision® Program Overview & Cashton Wind Project" 12/20/2012


  • ASHRAE Chapter Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Energizing Healthcare" 2/16/2011
  • IA Governor Terry Branstad, Decorah Clinic visit "Energizing Healthcare" 5/24/2011
  • WI Governor Scott Walker Introduction and Press Conference "Biomass Boiler Project Launch" 8/19/2011
  • WI Public Service Commissioner visit "Energizing Healthcare" 8/22/2011
  • WI Public Service Commissioner visit "Energizing Healthcare" 8/26/2011
  • Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, Chicago, IL "Energy Conservation Measure Savings" 9/21/2011
  • Behavior, Energy, & Climate Change Conference, Washington D.C. "Energizing Healthcare" 11/30/2011


  • WI Public Service Commissioners visit "Energizing Healthcare" 2/8/2010
  • Facility Care Magazine Audio Conference "Energizing Healthcare" 2/16/2010
  • American Laundry Association Meeting, La Crosse, WI "Energizing Healthcare" 3/16/2010
  • WHEFA Conference, Waukesha, WI "The Financial Implications of Green Energy Technologies" 3/15/2010
  • FMA Congress, Chicago, IL "Energizing Healthcare" 8/27/2010
  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy Awards Banquet, La Crosse, WI "Energy Independence" 10/7/2010
  • WI Resource Conservation and Development Conference, La Crosse, WI "Energy Independence" 9/24/10


  • U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin visit, "Energizing Healthcare" 9/22/2009
  • American Hospital Association / ASHE conference, San Francisco, CA "Energizing Healthcare" 7/24/2009
  • Iowa Health System Sustainability Conference "Energizing Healthcare" 9/21/2009
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