Impact Purchasing Consultant
Mary Larsen directed the Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) system’s environmental sustainability initiatives for over a decade, driving sustainable operations, green building and environmentally preferable purchasing best practices, community partnerships, and AAH team member engagement. Mary’s extensive experience in healthcare administration includes nearly 30 years of leadership in enterprise-wide supplier diversity, supply chain and support operations. Under Mary’s leadership, Advocate was one of the founders of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative that created a sustainable operations playbook which continues to serve the U.S hospital sector in sustaining a culture of conservation, reducing energy and waste costs, selecting safer and less-toxic products, and purchasing healthier, sustainable foods. During her tenure, Advocate Aurora Health became an inaugural signatory of Healthcare Anchor Network’s Impact Purchasing Commitment, committed to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, and earned the System for Change award for environmental excellence from Practice Greenhealth for twelve consecutive years. Mary is currently an independent advisor to healthcare systems and technical assistance providers on establishing environmental, social and governance frameworks and supply chain solutions for making more intelligent purchasing decisions aligned with their environmental and social impact goals.
Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in accounting and a master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University.