Jamie Harvie, P. E. is the Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), Duluth, MN and is a nationally recognized prevention leader through his extensive experience at the intersection of healthcare and ecological health. For this work he has been interviewed and cited in media including Time Magazine, USA Today, Minnesota and National Public Radio. His toxics pollution prevention expertise includes the coordination of a national mercury elimination campaign where he led negotiations with the top US retailers to voluntarily eliminate the sale of mercury thermometers, and the successful coordination and passage of mercury legislation across the United States.
Jamie founded the Healthy Food in Healthcare Initiative in which he directed a nationwide collaboration of NGO, clinicians and healthcare partners, to create healthcare food policy and practice change prevention models. This work included the development of the Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge a nationally adopted hospital commitment to nutritious food from sustainable food systems. He serves on the steering committee for the Green Guide for Healthcare, the healthcare sector’s only quantifiable sustainable design and operations toolkit and where he coordinated the development of the nation’s first healthcare food service metrics. For his work, his organization, with Duluth based St. Luke’s, won a MN Governor’s Award for their work on Healthy Food in Healthcare. In 2009, along with awardees Growing Power’s Will Allen and food management company Bon Appetit; Jamie was awarded the “National Thought Leader” category for his work on healthcare and sustainable food systems. In 2012, Mr. Harvie was recognized by Food Service Director magazine as one of the top 20 most influential food system leaders.
Mr. Harvie was one of the national experts invited to present a white paper on food and healthcare at the Food Systems and Public Health Conference: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities, later published as part of a series in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. He was also one of an invited expert panel on policy and environmental approaches to improve food, physical activity, breast feeding and tobacco environments in hospitals by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. Within Minnesota, he provided expertise to the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians to support their successful adoption of a resolution supporting Healthy Food in Healthcare.
More recently, Jamie co-founded the Lake Superior Good Food Network, a regional campaign to transform the food system within northern Minnesota and helped establish the Commons Health Care Network, a global network of community-based healthcare and prevention advocates.
He has consulted on pollution prevention for clients including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, City of San Francisco, World Health Organization and the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency. He is the author on numerous health and prevention journal articles and is a contributor to the textbook Integrative Medicine.