Daily Record Honors Plisko as One of Maryland's Top 100 Women of 2019
April 01, 2019
Baltimore, Md., (March 14, 2019) — The Daily Record named Joan Debra Plisko, President, Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC to its 2019 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Plisko was also awarded the esteemed honor in 2016.
Maryland’s Top 100 Women recognizes outstanding achievements of women through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Honorees were selected by a panel of business professionals and previous Top 100 Women honorees.
"This year's Maryland's Top 100 Women are leading companies, charting new territory and inspiring the next generation. They are truly outstanding role models for all of us," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "They show compassion and commitment to help others and to shape their communities.”
The Maryland's Top 100 Women awards celebration will be held on April 15 starting with a reception at 5 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the April 16 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online.
Shari Solomon, president of Clean Health Environmental said: “Joan has been insightful and informative as a mentor. She provides valuable and substantive guidance and feedback, which allows me to successfully work through issues and identify solutions.”
Aurora Benton, president of Astrapto said: “Joan has a passion for connecting with, learning from, and lifting up others. As I’ve worked to launch and grow my business, she has been a great cheerleader and willing to generously share her wisdom and opportunities."
The Clean Collaborative team is now in the midst of Phase II and is working with health care facilities across Maryland to enhance cleaning policies, procedures, and practices in an effort to reduce health care associated infections (HAIs).
You may have heard about the Clean Water Community Healing Project, a collaboration between Blue Water Baltimore and MedStar Harbor Hospital to reshape **25 acres** of their campus with green infrastructure. We’ll be busting up asphalt and concrete, installing stormwater management features, planting healing gardens, and creating new habitat for wildlife and pollinators. This will be THE largest project of its kind so far in Baltimore and we couldn’t be more excited!
Click on the picture above to check out this cool drone footage of the “before” state of the campus.
Special thank you’s to Plisko Sustainable Solutions, which helped us develop the concept for the project, and to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which is providing grant support for the project through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.
April 04, 2017
Plisko Sustainable Solutions is proud to have earned a Congressional Citation in recognition for efforts related to the MedStar Harbor Hospital Green Infrastructure Project. Alongside the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore and MedStar Harbor Hospital, Plisko Sustainable Solutions is actively working to create environmentally healthy green spaces that control flooding and stormwater runoff. This is a win-win for patients, staff, community members, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Join Our Team in Celebration of the Green Infrastructure Project at MedStar Harbor Hospital
March 30, 2017
April 4, 2017, 11:00 AM at MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baum Auditorium, 3001 S Hanover Street, Baltimore
The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Chesapeake Bay Program, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Blue Water Baltimore, and Plisko Sustainable Solutions will host a press conference to announce a Green Infrastructure Master Plan at MedStar Harbor. From the master plan, nine green infrastructure facilities will be designed over the next year, using funds awarded from the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, a program jointly supported by the Trust, DNR, and EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. These infrastructure facilities will reduce runoff and flooding on the property. The project will also create green spaces that can be used by patients and even be prescribed by doctors to allow recovering patients to get outdoors and get fresh air.
Dennis W. Pullin, President, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Senior VP, MedStar Health
Joanne Throwe, Deputy Secretary, Department of Natural Resources
Jana Davis, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Carl Simon, Interim Executive Director, Blue Water Baltimore
Brian K. Gray, Director, Clinical Engineering, MedStar Harbor Hospital
Joan D. Plisko, President, Plisko Sustainable Solutions LLC
Sustainability in the “Real World”: Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Careers
Sustainability professionals across various industries will discuss ways they have integrated sustainability into what their businesses do and how students across all disciplines can be prepared for careers in a variety of sectors. Join the SU Center for Environmental Stewardship in welcoming a panel of sustainability professionals from BD Life Sciences, MedStar Hospital, Suspended Brewing, and Plisko Sustainable Solutions.
Space is limited for this free lecture, so we ask that you pre-register to reserve your seat. The BEE Network Happy Hour will immediately follow this panel.
Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Sink It In
January 16, 2017
Plisko Sustainable Solutions is proud to speak at two conferences alongside PSS parnters in 2017. Mark your calendars now and join us to learn and network with thousands of colleagues, peers, and friends from across the country.
Mar 8, 2017: Stormwater Planning for Health and Resilience at MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
May 17, 2017: Multi Stakeholder Stormwater Planning for Health and Resilience at MedStar Harbor Hospital, Minnepolis, Minnesota
Joan Plisko - Plisko Sustainable Solutions, Ashley Traut - Blue Water Baltimore, and Brian Gray - MedStar Harbor Hospital will present at CleanMed on May 17, 2017, 3:15 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. CleanMed the only place health care professionals come together from around the world to share best practices and keep up on current sustainability trends. It’s the place to connect with leaders in health care sustainability. With 1,000 health care professionals in attendance, CleanMed provides educational sessions on all elements of sustainability including water, waste, energy, leadership, climate change, and more.
MedStar Harbor Hospital is proud of the work the Green Team is doing in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore and Plisko Sustainable Solutions to improve both the visual appeal and functionality of its property. With 18 acres of hard surface, including roofs, sidewalks, and parking lots, there is 20 million gallons of run off that flow directly to the Patapsco River from the property. This causes harmful chemicals to run into the water and increases flooding potential. Read the full article HERE.
Rachel Carson Award
May 24, 2016
Baltimore, Md. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) Environmental Issues Committee bestows this highest honor to Joan Plisko, Ph.D. in recognition of her environmental advocacy in the spirit of Rachel Carson. This award is bestowed upon an environmental health and safety (EH&S) professional who has attained outstanding success and distinction in their environmental and industrial health and safety business, profession, or life’s work.
The Daily Record Names Joan Plisko Among Maryland's Top 100 for 2016
March 24, 2016
Baltimore, Md. The Daily Record named Joan Plisko, president and founder of Plisko Sustainable Solutions, to its 2016 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. The Daily Record began Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. A panel of business leaders and past winners selected the awardees, with Plisko’s achievements earning her a place among the esteemed honorees.
“Joan has shown exceptional leadership, vision, inspiration and perseverance in the field of environmental health and sustainability. She is an educator and role model,” said Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association.
Other colleagues from throughout Plisko’s career agree: “Joan continually demonstrates her technical and organizational savvy and brings results to the table,” said Karen Kreisberg, executive director of The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. “She is insightful and innovative.”
“Organized, detailed and responsive, Joan is adept at facilitating a project from beginning to end,” said Shari Solomon, President of CleanHealth Environmental. It is these qualities, along with her vast experience in environmental systems engineering, that earned Plisko her spot as a 2016 awardee.
“Maryland’s Top Women honorees are exemplary citizens, committed to their communities, to creating change and to growing the next generation of leaders through mentoring,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “This year’s honorees share a talent for balancing the many facets of their lives while serving as outstanding leaders. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them.”
For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2016 Maryland’s Top 100 Women event, visit www.TheDailyRecord.com. For more information about Plisko Sustainable Solutions, visit www.pliskosolutions.com.