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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

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

Nissan is offering a extra special discount for UCSF employees in partnership with the SunShares program through…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 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



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



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