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About Jamie Harvie, P.E.

Jamie Harvie serves as the Executive Director of Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) and organizational consultant. He received a degree in civil engineering from McGill University and is nationally recognized for his extensive experience at the nexus of health, community, environment and health care. For this work, he has been interviewed and cited in media including Time Magazine, USA Today, Minnesota and National Public Radio.

Jamie led the successful coordination and passage of mercury product legislation and phase our of healthcare mercury nationally. His work is recognized as helping support the passage of the United Nations Minimata Treaty, the global commitment to phase out mercury.

Jamie served on the steering committee for the Green Guide for Health Care—where he helped develop health care sector’s first quantifiable sustainable design, construction and operations metrics. The Green Guide was the first green design rating system to provide a health-based linking health and green design. The Green Guide has now been adopted as the LEED for Healthcare rating system. 

Jamie also founded and directed the Healthy Food in Health Care campaign and is credited with raising the alarm and initiating the transformation of healthcare food policy and practice nationally. Largely as a result of his work, the definition of healthy food has been transformed to include the health of workers, community and the planet.

For his work and leadership bridging health and community Jamie has invited to be part of Creating Health Collaborative an international group of health and healthcare leaders working individually to understand and create health beyond the lens of health care. Together they have published the Creating Health Collaborative Principles for Creating Health.

In 2018 Jamie was selected as a BALLE Local Living Economy Fellow, visionaries and strategic connectors from across North America at the forefront of building healthy, equitable local economies, underpinned by the regenerative capacity of the natural world around us.

In 2009, Jamie was awarded the NRDC National Thought Leader award for his work on sustainable food systems and health care. In 2013, along with Michelle Obama, he was included as one of “Top 20 Most Influential” food system leaders by Food Service Director Magazine. In 2015, he received the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Achievement Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association for his contributions to public health in Minnesota.

Jamie serves on the board the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI), The Food Commons and serves as the President of the Board of the Duluth Whole Foods Coop. Jamie also coordinates the Bag it Duluth Campaign for Reuse.

He has offered trainings and presentation across the globe and consulted for clients including the Blue Green Alliance, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, City of San Francisco, World Health Organization, the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency and the Democracy Collaborative. 

His work has been published widely including Stanford Social Innovation Review, as a contributor to the textbook Integrative Medicine, The Democracy Collaborative Next System Project and as co-autore his white paper on climate change and health was recently presented at the Vatican.

He lives in Duluth with his wife Nancy and dog Lucy! His grown children Nat and Emma seem to like visiting!

Jamie with friends and Commons Health Speakers, Scott Shannon, MD, Deborah J. Nankivell, Mimi Guarneri, MD, and Larry Yee 
(Photo credit: Caitlin Nielson)
Read Jamie’s latest report with The Next System Project: The Next Health System