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Sustainability Program

UC San Francisco has a robust sustainability program covering sustainability activities across the entire campus and medical center.  Formal and grassroot efforts are happening in many areas of the organization.  Find out more about these efforts at the Sustainability Dashboard located in the Review Metrics & Annual Report links above.

 

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UCSF Sustainability Stories

UCSF Exchanges Medical Waste Reduction Best Practices with Visiting Doctor from Kyrgyzstan

In June, UCSF’s sustainability Website had over 6,200 unique visitors.  Of these, over six percent of the…read more



UCSF 2014 Commute Survey:  And the Survey Says…

In the spring, you might recall filling out the 2014 UCSF Commute Survey.  We are happy to report that the…read more



New Chancellor Encourages LivingGreen Certification

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, became UCSF Chancellor on July 17, 2014. A renowned pediatrician, Hawgood previously served…read more



Annual Sustainability Awards Recognize Faculty & Staff

Members of the Mission Bay Conference Center team pose with Campus Life Services staff. A lunchtime audience of…read more



UCSF Awarded 2014 Three Practice Greenhealth Awards Emerald Award and Circles of Excellence Awards

UCSF is proud to announce that it has been named a winner of the Practice Greenhealth 2014 Emerald Award as well…read more



Summit Brings Forth Ideas on Sustainability and Environmental Impact

This piece originally ran on UCSF News, written by Leland Kim. When Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, attended graduate…read more



Mission Bay Conference Center’s Recognized as a Green Leader

The Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF (MBCC) has taken on UCSF’s Sustainability goals in several different…read more



New Mission Bay Hospitals Avoid Flame Retardants in Furniture

Last month UCSF screened the documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a movie that tells the story of a growing tide of activists,…read more



Chinook Book:  A Free UCSF Sustainable Living App Powered by Chinook Book

The Sustainability Office at UC San Francisco and Chinook Book have teamed up to create a sustainable living mobile…read more



Climate Action Planning at UCSF

Over the past four years, UCSF has built significant momentum toward tackling formal sustainability goals in response…read more



UCSF Celebrates Sustainability in May

At UCSF, Earth Day lives on past April.  In addition to the UCSF LivingGreen Fair on May 8th, we have several…read more



Get Empowered to LiveGreen—Attend the 2014 LivingGreen Fair On May 8th, 11 am to 2 pm

UCSF will be celebrating sustainability at the Living Green Fair May 8th, 11 am to 2 pm. Looking for something…read more



Safe Medicine Disposal:  Don’t Flush Them!

According the the Columbia University Earth Institute, many people do not realize that the unused pills dumped…read more



UCSF Wins Healthy Hospital Award from Stryker Sustainability Solutions

UCSF Medical Center was in the top percent of Stryker Sustainability Solutions customers awarded a Gold Healthy…read more



UCSF Awarded Gold and ‘Best of’ Rating:  Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2013

We are thrilled to report that UCSF Transportation Services was awarded a Gold & ‘Best of’ rating…read more



Coming Soon: Nomad ‘Roaming’ Community Garden in Mission Bay

Adam Schnirel, UCSF Mission Bay Recycling Coordinator, spends most of his time finding ways to divert waste from…read more



UCSF Launches Drought Emergency Task Force:  How You Can Help

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency for California.  To respond to this…read more



Come get Dirty at the UCSF Sutro Nursery

Have you gotten your hands dirty lately?  UCSF has a hidden community gem—the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. …read more



UCSF Medical Center Energy Efficiency Upgrade:  Saving Dollars and Energy

As UCSF works toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, many of the strategies to reduce…read more



Conserve Water and Report Water Leaks:  UC Announces New Goal to Reduce Water Use 20%

California’s driest year on record makes conserving water even more important this year.  University of…read more



FDA Acts to Fight Superbugs - UCSF helps Pave the Way

UCSF is leading the way to promote the use of sustainable meat in health care.  We held a Sustainable Meat…read more



Medical Education Earns Seven Gold Certificates

With backing from leadership, the Medical Education Green Team initiated an effort to have all Medical Education…read more



10 LivingGreen Resolutions for 2014

Happy New Year!  While you are contemplating your resolutions for the year, here are a few easy suggestions…read more



Greening Up the Labs at UCSF—Act Quick for Rebate Program and Free Wash Rack

Did you know the Race to Certification includes all labs at UCSF?  Your lab can now be certified as a LivingGreen…read more



5 Tips for Giving your Next Event a Green Glow

Tis the season!  With just a little bit of upfront planning, you can add a green glow to your next event or…read more



Never Buy Gas Again: Nissan’s Electric Vehicle Discount for UCSF Employees

Nissan is offering a special discount for UCSF employees NOW EXTENDED through July 31, 2014!  This offer extends…read more



San Francisco SunShares Brings Affordable Solar Energy Solution to UCSF Employees

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is proud of its reputation for being a regional leader in climate…read more



50% Refrigerator/Freezer Rebates, Free Pipette Washracks and Get Certified!

The Office of Sustainability is offering 50% Refrigerator/Freezer Rebates and more to the UCSF community. EXTENDED…read more



Race to Certification:  Focus on School of Medicine

The Race to Certification is on.  Don’t be left behind—the process is fun and simple.  Last…read more



Healthcare gathers at UCSF for “Sustainable Meat Summit”

UCSF’s commitment to sustainable food is one of many reasons that UCSF has been named one of America’s…read more



UCSF Medical Center Awarded Sustainability Awardby UHC and Named One of America’s Greenest Hospitals

At the recent University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) conference in Atlanta, GA, the medical center was awarded…read more



Spotlight on Remedy at UCSF:  2013 Sustainability Team Award Winner

Hospitals generate millions of tons of waste each year, discarding annually over $200 million worth of perfectly…read more



UCSF Academic Senate Creates a Permanent Sustainability Committee

Starting the 2013-2014 FY, the Academic Senate Sustainability Task Force was made into a permanent standing committee,…read more



The Meat You Eat May Not be Safe

As a follow-up to our piece in May on UCSF’s resolution to phase out meat raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics,…read more



Join the Race to Certification

Join the Race to LivingGreen Certification! All offices, labs and units at UCSF can now be LivingGreen Certified,…read more



Spotlight on Adele Dow:  2013 Sustainability Award Winner

Adele Dow, facility manager at the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building and Mount Zion Cancer Research…read more



UCSF Academic Senate Approves Sustainability Activity Guidelines

As a campus, UCSF is committed to LivingGreen.  Campus efforts to reduce waste, minimize its carbon footprint,…read more



Spotlight on Tracey Woodruff:  2013 Sustainability Award Winner

Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Associate Professor and Director of UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment…read more



Campus Trader is Launched at UCSF

UCSF has launched a new, novel program, Campus Trader, which created a network for UCSF Fitness & Recreation…read more



Presidio Students Investigate the Bottom Line for UCSF Sustainability Work Groups

Presidio Graduate School (PGS) students have provided expertise to analyze some of UCSF’s most complex sustainability…read more



Spotlight on Jack Henderson:  2013 Sustainability Award Winner

Jack Henderson, Associate Director of Nutrition and Food Services (NFS), UCSF Medical Center, was honored with…read more



UCSFMC Honored by Healthier Hospitals Initiative

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a nationwide group of more than 600 medical facilities that have pledged…read more



UCSF eConsult program makes patients happy and delivers green benefits

The UCSF Medical Center and the Department of Medicine’s electronic health record (EHR) has transformed the…read more



Congratulations to UCSF’s 2013 Sustainability Award Winners & Highlights from LivingGreen 2013 Fair

May was a busy month for the UCSF LivingGreen program.  At a May 2nd ceremony, UCSF’s Senior Vice Chancellor…read more



UCSF Academic Senate Approves Resolution to Phase Out Meat Raised with Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics

New Webinar Recordings The topic of non-therapeutic antibiotics in meat is a hot topic in the mainstream press…read more



Carbon Dioxide Level Reaches New Milestone:  Three Ways UCSF is Responding

According to a recent piece in the New York Times, ” The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in…read more



Hospitals Go Green on Cleaning Supplies

UCSF is featured in “Hospitals Go Green on Cleaning Supplies” in the San Francisco Chronicle. Also…read more



UCSF Medical Center Wins Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change with Distinction Award

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital received a 2013 Partner for Change with Distinction Award from…read more



Five Reasons to Attend the LivingGreen Fair on May 9th

Empowered to LiveGreen Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:00 am-2:00 pm Millberry Union Game Room 500 Parnassus Avenue The…read more



Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show at the LivingGreen Fair

The Visual Arts Club at UCSF and Campus Life Services Arts & Events have presented the Faculty and Staff Art…read more



Book Drive

Book Drives are being held at all three UCSF libraries:  Kalmanovitz(Parnassus), SFGH, and Mission Bay(Rutter…read more



Two San Francisco Resources for Saving Energy and $

Did you know that the typical flume hood used in a lab consumes as much energy as three houses on a yearly basis?…read more



UCSF Medical Center Publishes First Sustainability Report

The UCSF Medical Center recently published their first sustainability report.  Balancing saving lives and…read more



Save the Date—Saving Antibiotics: A Clinical Perspective on Antibiotic Overuse in Agriculture

Save the date for two upcoming webinars co-sponsored by Health Care Without Harm and the Pew Charitable Trusts…read more



UCSF’s Sukhjeet Sandhu Saves Loads of Energy

On Feb. 19th PG&E awarded $846,000 to UCSF, the latest energy efficiency incentives that have become a regular…read more



SAVE THE DATE May 2nd: UCSF’s Sustainability Awards and LivingGreen Office/Lab Certifications

Here are four ways to join the fun and support UCSF’s sustainability efforts:  *Nominate a co-worker…read more



UCSF Mission Bay:  New Chef Showcases Diversity, Sustainability on Menu

The UCSF Mission Bay campus has welcomed a new chef to shape the daily menus at the Pub and the Mission Bay Conference…read more



UC’s 2012 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices Highlights UCSF

The University of California (UC) 2012 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices was released in January, providing…read more



LivingGreen Events:  Certify Your Next Meeting or Event

Get your next event LivingGreen Event (LGE) Certified!  With just a little bit of upfront planning, you can…read more



LivingGreen Team Participates in LivingWell Expo

Over the years, I have participated in countless outreach events across UCSF diverse campuses as a member of the…read more



USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson honors Dr. Jeanne Conry at UCSF Grand Rounds

UCSF’s Toxic Reduction Work Group was formed in FY11-12 as part of the Sustainability Action Plan to address…read more



Top Ten LivingGreen Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!  While you are contemplating your resolutions for the year, here are a few easy suggestions…read more



Be a Vampire Slayer

Yes, we realize it is not Halloween.  But as 2013 kicks off, one easy way to LiveGreen is to be a vampire…read more



Survey Says:  70 Percent of Americans Believe in the Reality of Global Warming

A new survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe in the reality of global warming.  George Mason University’s…read more



Five Tips for a Greener Holiday Party

Tis the season.  Office parties and gatherings can create a wake of waste.  Check out some easy tips…read more



ABCs of Electronic Waste

It is that time of year.  Perhaps you will get a new personal computer as a gift or it is time to upgrade…read more



JACS:  An Easy Way to Green Your Computer Purchase

UCSF has made it even easier to green your computer purchases with a new program called JACS or Joint Administrative…read more



Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Lisa Hartmayer

Lisa Hartmayer, RN, from the UCSF Orthopedic Institute was recently awarded the UCSF 2012 Sustainability Award. …read more



Download BigFix!  An Easy Way to Manage Your Computer Power Use

For a Quick and Easy Download Click HERE if you are working on a MAC. Click HERE if you are working on Windows.…read more



A Conversation with Dr. Niraj Sehgal

Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Manager and I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Niraj Sehgal, MD,…read more



You Are What You Eat:  UCSF Medical Center Moves the Needle on Sustainable Food

The adage you are what you eat, seems even more important when you are eating at a hospital cafe or sick in the…read more



Oct. 24th is Campus Sustainability Day:  Preparing Students for a Changing Climate

10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day | Wednesday October 24th, 2012 Join UCSF in celebrating the 10th Anniversary…read more



UC Eats Real:  Take the National Food Day Pledge

Take the Pledge Join the nationwide campaign for delicious, healthy, and affordable food produced in a sustainable,…read more



Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Eddie Book

The Eddie Book residents from the Pediatrics Department, led by Catherine Ratti, UCSF Pediatric Residency Program…read more



San Francisco General Hospital:  Four Lessons Learned from Colorectal Cancer Screenings

What do you think of when you hear save resources, reduce waste and be more efficient?  While you might think…read more



Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  OR Reprocessing Team

The UCSF Reprocessing Team was recently awarded the UCSF 2012 Sustainability Award. The Reprocessing Team identified…read more



Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Sandrijn van Schaik, MD

Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics was recently awarded the UCSF 2012 Sustainability…read more



Telecommuting at UCSF:  One Strategy for LivingGreen

Did you know UCSF encourages telecommuting from home offices to create a supportive work environment?  According…read more



Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Kristen Fitzhenry

Kristen Fitzhenry from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, was a 2012 Sustainability Award Winner in the staff…read more



Kudos to UCSF’s 2012 Sustainability Award Winners and LivingGreen Certified Offices

UCSF’s Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration John Plotts and David Odato, Vice Chancellor Human…read more



Save the Date!  June 18th-22nd California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Save the Date! June 18th–22nd, 2012 University of California, Davis Registration is now open for the Eleventh…read more



Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  Stephen Szeto, Past UCSF Sustainability Analyst Intern

Stephen Szeto, a past UCSF sustainability analyst intern, has been recognized by the San Francisco State Department…read more



Tell us what you think!  Take UCSF’s Commute Survey

Dear UCSF Colleagues:   As a member of our UCSF community, we hope that you will take this short five-minute…read more



UCSF wins National Health Organization Award for Supporting Environmental Practices

On May 2, 2012 UCSFMC received the Practice GreenHealth Partner for Change Award with Distinction.  This premier…read more



University of California System Receives Prestigious Climate Leadership Award

Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have announced…read more



May 10th:  LivingGreen Fair, Sustainability Awards Ceremony & Bike to Work Day

On May 10th, there will be multiple opportunities to join the UCSF community in LivingGreen.  If you can,…read more



UCSF Facilities Management Tackles Water Conservation on Many Levels

UCSF Facilities Management has been focusing its conservation efforts on energy and recycling, but is now turning…read more



HSE5 Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration Awarded LEED Gold

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded UCSF’s HSE5 Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration LEED-CI…read more



Opinion Piece: UCSF Departments Can and Should be Working Together to Further Sustainability Goals

There are some very obvious money saving advantages to UCSF team work: no tax on internal transfers, operational…read more



LivingGreen at UCSF Video

We are proud to release our sustainability video, LivingGreen at UCSF, highlighting UCSF’s commitment to…read more



Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  Kristen Fitzhenry

This series is part of our effort to recognize the hard work of UCSF staff and students in our journey to sustainability. …read more



Greening the OR at UCSF

Healthcare centers are the second largest contributors to garbage in the United States, creating an average of…read more



Recology hosts their Annual Art & Wine Tasting Event

Recology, our solid waste hauler, is hosting an Art and Wine Tasting event onThursday, February 16th at 111 Minna…read more



Print Management Program

Note:  Reprinted from the Green Campus Program. One area of improvement we come across at almost all of our…read more



Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  Gerti Partsch-Miller

This series is part of our effort to recognize the hard work of UCSF staff and students in our journey to sustainability. …read more



Recycle Yourself!

Organ, tissue, bone marrow or blood donations are the ultimate sustainability act. As part of UCSF’s mission…read more



Ten 2012 LivingGreen Resolutions

Happy New Year!  As you reflect on your resolutions for 2012, consider making a LivingGreen 2012 resolution. …read more



Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  Carly Clemence

This series is part of our effort to recognize the hard work of UCSF staff and students in our journey to sustainability. …read more



LivingGreen Office Assessment at the School of Medicine Dean’s Office

At the end of September, the Dean’s Office at The School of Medicine became one of the first workspaces to participate…read more



Just Released!  UCSF’s Sustainability Action Plan

An Introduction to the Sustainability Action Plan The Sustainability Action Plan at the University of California…read more