UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact


Ten 2012 LivingGreen Resolutions

2012Happy New Year! 

As you reflect on your resolutions for 2012, consider making a LivingGreen 2012 resolution.  Here are a few easy ideas for LivingGreen in 2012. 

At UCSF, with over 20,000 employees, collectively our individual actions can make a big difference.

Turn off lights1. Use energy only where you need it
How many times have you walked out of a conference room or office at the end of the day and left the lights on? If you’re leaving for the day, take a moment to turn the lights off.  Not only will you make a difference in energy consumption, you will help UCSF reduce its carbon footprint. 

Write the Green Campus Program at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want to pick up some “turn off the lights” stickers to post in your office.

Water Leaks2. Report water leaks
Every small water leak is the equivalent to wasting almost 8,000 liters of water annually.  There are opportunities to notice leaks at every turn at UCSF, be it in the labs, training clinics, restrooms or drinking fountains. 

You can do your part to LiveGreen by reporting water leaks to facilities management by calling 415-353-1120 at the Medical Center and 415-476-2021 on campus.  They will come at no charge to repair the leak!

EV station3.  If you must drive, drive an electric vehicle
Finding an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at UCSF just got easier! 

While not everyone can swing purchasing an EV, if you do have one, UCSF Transportation Services now has Electric Vehicle charging stations at the Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses.


Veggies4. Eat meatless on Mondays
While not everyone is ready to become a pure vegetarian,  eating less meat, and local, sustainable food, is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Pick one day a week where you will only eat vegetarian food. The Mission Bay and Parnasus farmers markets make it easy to purchase local, sustainable food.  And campus cafes, such as the Moffitt Café at the Medical Center, often feature vegetarian Meatless Monday menus.  Keep your eyes open for the organic salad bar coming soon to the Moffitt Café.

Shuttle5. Use alternative transportation options for commuting
Transportation Services has implemented an impressive array of programs to make it easier for staff and students to get out of their cars, including:

• An online carpool organizer (Zimride)
• Preferred parking for carpools
• Vanpools
• Commute Club
• City CarShare
• Intercampus shuttle services

Green office6.  Participate in the LivingGreen Office Certification program
The LivingGreen Office Certification program identifies and recognizes department teams that have taken extra steps to implement green practices and reduce their environmental footprint.  One of the first steps to becoming certified is for your office or workspace to undergo an initial environmental assessment by a UCSF Green Campus Program Intern. Write the Green Campus Program at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to get started.


Monitor off7. Turn your monitor off
One simple way to make a direct impact on energy use at UCSF is to remember to turn off your monitor when your computer is not in use.  Not only is this good for the planet, but this simple action can save $50/year.

8. Switch to 30 percent post-consumer waste, recycled-content paper
Purchasing paper with recycled content is an easy way to help UCSF go greener. Choosing recycled paper has a multitude of environmental benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and protection of biodiversity and native forests.  Work with procurement in your department to ensure they are purchasing a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) copy paper. 

If everyone at UCSF made the shift to 30 percent recycled paper, the campus would save more than 1,000 trees worth of paper each year, without an increase in cost—the switch will not cost more.  UCSF’s contract with OfficeMax has negotiated a price on 30 percent recycled paper that is no more than if you used virgin paper!  Even better, switch to 100 percent PCW, which costs slightly more, but if you find ways to go paperless and reduce paper use around the office, it can be easy to offset the slight cost increase.

The next time your office or lab needs to order paper, consider ordering ASPEN 30. Go to the OfficeMax Solutions Web site or order through P2P, the paperless P2P system for purchasing supplies. For 30 percent recycled paper, use the part #P1054901 ($3.04 per ream). For 100 percent, use the part #P1054922 ($3.65 per ream). 

Global Tap9.  Kick the bottled water habit
Do something good for the environment and your pocketbook—next time you head to campus, bring your refillable water bottle.  UCSF has installed several Global Tap water bottle filling stations on campus.

One can be found at Mulberry Union East near Palio’s, one is located at Mission Bay on Gene Friend Way near 3rd Street and one is outside of the new Aldea Community Center.

LiveGreen10.  Sign up for the UCSF LivingGreen listserve
It will only take a few seconds!  Sign up for the UCSF LivingGreen listserve on the Sustainability Web site homepage and receive periodic updates and cutting-edge content on how you can LiveGreen throughout 2012.

Story written by:  Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact