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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’s New FY15 Sustainability Annual Report: Living Our Commitment to Health & Sustainability

As you know, UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leader in healthcare, but you may not realize that the UCSF Campus and…read more

Two New Ways to Save Paper and Money!

During 2015, UCSF continued to lead the way in healthcare with many achievements to increase sustainability. One…read more

Warning: Climate Change May be Hazardous to Your Health

Higher temperatures.  More extreme weather events.  These are some of the expected impacts of climate…read more

2016 LiveGreen Resolutions: Ten Ways to Live Greener in 2016

Happy New Year!  From choosing ethical chocolate to making your next car electric, this piece offers a range…read more

Climate Revolution: Four Ways the Health Care and Educational Sectors are Helping to Combat Climate

2015 was a big year for climate action.  Pope Francis’ encyclical made a call to Catholics and other religious…read more

MBA Students Develop Pilot Project for UC to Reduce Carbon Emissions from UC Air Travel

A team of MBA students from Presidio Graduate School recently worked with the University of California San Francisco…read more

UC Brings Climate Solutions Report to Paris

Through the University of California (UC) Carbon Neutrality Initiative, UC is committed to making all buildings…read more

Faith and Sustainability:  Finding the Connection at UCSF Medical Center

Religion, faith, spirituality and climate change:  these might not be the first words faculty, staff, students…read more

UCSF Resident Dr. Nicole Jackman Presents at Climate Neutrality Conference

Nicole Jackman, MD, PhD, Resident Physician, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, recently presented…read more

UCSF Installs new Bottle-Filling Stations: Five Reasons to Fall in Love with SF Tap Water

Being located in San Francisco, UCSF’s tap water comes from pristine snowmelt in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in…read more

UCSF Gives Back: Benioff Children’s Hospital Donates Equipment to Harare Children’s Hospital

Once again, UCSF lives up to its mission, caring not only for its patients, but for patients around the world.…read more

Anya Desai Recognized for Efforts with a UCSF Sustainability Award

Anya Desai, a third year medical student at UCSF, was recognized for her dedication to social justice, the environment…read more

Help UCSF Win the Cool Campus Challenge! 10 Campuses, 10 Years, 1 Goal: Carbon Neutral by 2025

Join UCSF as they compete with other UC campuses to battle global climate change. The Cool Campus Challenge is…read more

USCF’s Academic Senate Sustainability Committee Announces a New Chair

The Academic Senate Sustainability Committee provides a consultative and advisory role to USCF’s administration…read more

Mt. Zion’s Engineering Team Wins UCSF Sustainability Award

This year the Mt. Zion Cancer Research Engineering team, Michael Dziadek, Alberto Alfaro, and Marco Dias, were…read more

Apply for the UCSF Faculty Climate Action Champion Award

All UCSF faculty are invited to apply for a newly established $25,000 Faculty Climate Action Champion Award. A…read more

NOMADgardens Community Garden - More Than Just a Garden

During its first year, NOMADgardens has blossomed into a thriving community garden that could not have begun without…read more

UCSF Green Champion - Yelena Libova, RN Wins UCSF Sustainability Award

Yelena Libova is a registered nurse in the Neurological ICU and is dedicated to “living green”. This won her…read more

Discount Solar For Your Home:  SunShares

UCSF has teamed up again with some of the largest employers in the Bay Area and local nonprofits to launch a group…read more

UCSF Green Champion - Dr. Gina Solomon Wins UCSF Sustainability Award

Every year, UCSF Sustainability Awards are granted to staff, students, and faculty that promote sustainability…read more

Greening of Healthcare:  Five Best Practices You Want to Know About

On July 23rd, over a hundred environmental health specialists, nurses, medical students and sustainability practitioners…read more

Healthier Hospitals Initiative:  New Report Demonstrates Progress

Healthcare leaders all over the nation are banding together to create a world where hospitals are truly healing…read more

UCSF Green Champions Recognized by Chancellor at 2015 Sustainability Award Ceremony

At the fifth Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony, UC San Francisco Chancellor Sam Hawgood attended personally…read more

The Greening of Labs

My Green Lab is a non-profit organization formed by a group of former scientists and engineers interested in promoting…read more

Can Your Cell Phone Help You Eat Better?

Jonathan Schor, a UCSF Global Food Fellow, never believed that his experience making apps would lead him into the…read more

UCSF Medical Center Wins Top 25 Award

UCSF is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award—the most prestigious…read more

Student Fellowship Provides Sustainable Food Solutions

With the world population projected to reach eight billion in 10 years, it is now more important than ever to create…read more

2015 LivingGreen Fair Features Green Labs, Biotech Partners

This year’s LivingGreen Fair drew large crowds to the Rutter Center on May 14 as more than 90 vendors offered…read more

Water Alert in California:  How You Can Help

In the fourth year of a severe drought in California, most of us know that conservation is more important than…read more

Spotlight: UCSF OEM Fellow Latifat Apatira

For Latifat Apatira, the inspiration to pursue medicine arrived in a UC Berkeley classroom. She had been fascinated…read more

Toxic Matters:  Six Tips to Protect You and Your Family

UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) has released Toxic Matters:  Protecting…read more

Call For Nominations - Sustainability Awards

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is pleased to announce the third annual Sustainability…read more

Five Reasons to Attend the 2015 LivingGreen Fair

Don’t miss the 2015 LivingGreen Fair on May 14th from 11 am to 2 pm at Mission Bay, Rutter Center (1675 Owens…read more

Simple Change to Irrigation Patterns at IRM Save 700,000 Gallons of Water Per Year

Cutting back on the irrigation for the terraced grass roofs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration…read more

Lisa Thompson Receives a Stars in Global Health Grant

Grand Challenges Canada awarded associate professor in the UCSF Department of Family Health Care Nursing Lisa Thompson,…read more

UCSF Green Challenge

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce on behalf of Chancellor Sam Hawgood and the UCSF Academic Senate…read more

The Story of Health:  UCSF Uses the Power of Storytelling to Promote Pediatric Environmental Health

The Story of Health, a new project from UCSF’s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), is using…read more

UCSF’s Sustainability Action Plan 2.0

UCSF is part of the ten-campus and two national laboratory system which is administered by the UC Office of the…read more

Fall in Love (With SF Tap Water):  Four Reasons to Drink Tap Water

This Valentine's Day, fall in love with SF tap water. Being located in San Francisco, UCSF’s tap water comes…read more

UC President’s Sustainability Student Fellowship/Internship Program

In November, 2013 UC President, Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to…read more

Sustainability in a Hospital Setting:  The New UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Leading the Way

Opened on February 1, 2015, the new world-class UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is not only leading the way…read more

Sustainable Business Leaders Gather at UCSF to Reframe Green Building as a Health Issue

The Building Health Initiative, a cross-sector coalition of 45 companies and institutions including commercial…read more

2015 Green Resolution:  Minimize your Exposure to Toxic Flame Retardants

With the new year, comes new opportunities to make a green new year’s resolution.  For 2015, consider making…read more

Spotlight on UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award Winner:  Kim Klausner

Kim Klausner, UCSF Industry Documents Digital Library Manager, was awarded the 2014 UCSF Sustainability Award over…read more

5 Tips for Greening the Holidays

The familiar saying “reduce, reuse, recycle” is a mantra that is alive and well at UCSF.  The…read more

Mission Hall:  Going for Gold

Mission Bay’s Block 25A, also known as Mission Hall Global Health and Clinical Sciences Building, is a new…read more

Highlights of UCSF Medical Center’s Second Sustainability Report for FY13 and FY14

UCSF is a campus entirely dedicated to health and biomedical sciences.  We recognize that healthcare’s ethical…read more

Healthier Hospitals Initiative Releases 2013 Milestone Report

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released its 2013 Milestone Report, which shows that more leading hospitals…read more

Spotlight on UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award Winner:  Deborah Don

Deborah Don was recently awarded a UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award, recognizing her efforts at the UCSF Medical…read more

Health Care Without Harm Visits UCSF to Explore the Medical Center’s Sustainability Initiatives

Following an international planning meeting for the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHH), a project…read more

2014 UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Spotlight on Daniel Ciccarone

Earlier this year, UCSF faculty, students, and staff honored the achievements of individuals and teams who are…read more

SunShares II:  Three Reasons to Go Solar at Home

EXTENDED TO JAN 31, 2015! The 2013 SF SunShares program was a hit, resulting in almost half a megawatt of new residential…read more

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

This fall, the Sustainability Office at UC San Francisco and Chinook Book teamed up again to create a sustainable…read more

UCSF Releases Draft Long Range Development Plan:  Balancing Growth with Environmental Sustainability

In May 2014, UCSF published a draft of its 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) for public review. The 2014…read more

3 Ways UCSF is Transforming Hospital Food Into Something More Sustainable

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is world renowned for its cutting-edge research and medical…read more

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 Minimizes 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

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

The Sunshares program with the Nissan discount program is now closed, however the $1000 below dealer invoice offer…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