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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 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

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

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

Earlier in the summer, the Sustainability Office at UC San Francisco and Chinook Book teamed up to create a sustainable…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 special discount for UCSF employees NOW EXTENDED through December 31, 2014!  This 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

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

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