UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, June 1, 2012


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

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UCSF’s Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration John Plotts and David Odato, Vice Chancellor Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer of UCSF Medical Center, presented the second Annual Sustainability Awards to five winners, as well as gave out 18 LivingGreen Office certifications, at a ceremony May 10th, just prior to the 2012 LivingGreen Fair.

Our hearty congratulations to all of this year’s Sustainability Award winners and certified LivingGreen offices.  Thank you for your initiative and passion for making UCSF a more sustainable place to learn and work.

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The UCSF community nominated 24 individuals and teams from all areas of the campus and medical center to be recognized for their dedication to sustainability.  Faculty, staff, students and teams that are employed, enrolled or affiliated with UCSF were all eligible.

All nominees met at least one of the following criteria:

1. They engage their peers/campus in an ongoing dialogue about reaching environmental sustainability; 
2. They integrate environmental sustainability with existing campus programs in education, research, operations, and/or public service; and/or
3. They instill a culture of sustainable long-range planning and forward-thinking design.

A selection committee comprised of selected Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) members and last year’s award recipients reviewed this year’s nominations.  Winners received a framed certificate and registration to the upcoming California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

LivingGreen Office Certifications Eighteen LivingGreen office certifications were awarded to UCSF departments or offices that met specific criteria in the areas of energy, water, waste, food, toxics and shifting the culture. Plotts joked that the certifications stimulated some friendly competition.  “If the Dean’s office can do it, we can do it,” he said. Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to find out more information about the LivingGreen Office certification process. The certification process begins with a simple on-site visit from our Green Campus team or by completing a relatively simple LivingGreen Office certification checklist designed to help department members improve their level of green practices.  Specific points are earned for implementing key best practices, including tracking sustainable food and green engagement among co-workers. fair LivingGreen Fair Immediately after the Awards ceremony, the LivingGreen Fair was kicked off.  We had 60 vendors representing the UCSF Sustainability Action Plan objectives to engage the UCSF community, including various tables to highlight our objectives to achieve carbon neutrality, zero waste, water conservation, toxics reduction, sustainable food and shifting the culture towards sustainability. The offerings also included organics samplings, recycled crafts, a sneaker take-back program, bike auction, book drive, environmental groups, green buildings, music and raffle prizes.  All who attended had a great time. 2012 Sustainability Award Winners Faculty Category:  Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics Dr. van Schaik is professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and has been a champion of UCSF sustainability for many years.  She is driven by her personal interest in environmental stewardship and has incorporated this into every aspect of her various clinical, research and leadership roles at UCSF. Her role was critical in the construction of the LEED certified medical simulation Kanbar Center. Student Category:  Eddie Book Residents, Pediatrics Department The Eddie Book residents, led by Catherine Ratti, UCSF Pediatric Residency Program Manager, and three second year residents, Suratha Elongo, Adam Schickedanz, and Maura Madou, were recognized for their efforts to reduce waste and costs by switching the design of the Eddie Book to a durable binder format and an easily navigable electronic format with iPhone and Droid “apps”. The Eddie Book is the UCSF Department of Pediatric’s directory and clinical reference manual. Traditionally, it has come in a spiral-bound format that is reprinted in its entirety every one to two years.  The switch to a durable binder format will save $2,900 over the next year and reduce waste. Staff Category: Kristen Fitzhenry, Undergraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine Dean’s Office Ms. Fitzhenry created, organized and now chairs the Team Green Committee for the School of Medicine Dean’s office units.  She developed their Green Charter, various initiatives, Green tips for Medical Education blog and is a great example of a team player and LivingGreen leader. Staff Category: Lisa Hartmayer, RN, Orthopedic Institute Ms. Hartmayer has actively promoted sustainability for many years and single-handedly started the UCSF Green Group that brings together nurses, physicians, environmental services and support staff to plan and implement sustainable practices across the medical center. She did all of this outside of her work hours. Team Category: Operating Room Reprocessing Team – James Bennan, Chris Bogan, Dr. Jonathan Carter, Robing Diehlman, Debbie Gee, Mike James, , Joyce Nacario, Kevin Pattison, Christine Pollak, Dr. Stan Rogers, Dr. Susan Ryan, Susan Schubert, Valerie Sullivan, Donna Tramontozzi, and Sandra Wienholz The Reprocessing Team identified a cost savings and sustainability opportunity to collect single-use devices used in the OR for reprocessing by a third-party vendor.  Selected reprocessed devices are then purchased from that third-party vendor at a discount.  This project required a huge team effort working with staff from the OR, sterile processing, procurement and the reprocessor to education, train and address concerns by surgeons and staff at Moffitt/Long, ACC, Mt Zion and the Orthopedic Institute.  In the first six months of implementation, the OR Reprocessing Program diverted 4,000 pounds from the landfill and reduced OR costs by nearly $150,000.  Certified LivingGreen Offices Gold Certified Nutrition and Food Services Mission Bay & Parnassus Retail Services Medical Center Administration School of Medicine Dean’s Office Student Information Systems Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health Chancellor and Senior Vice Chancellor’s Office Silver Certified Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Information Technology Services Family Health Care Nursing & Community Health Systems Department of Orthopedic Surgery Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences SON Administration and Finance Physiological Nursing MC Design and Construction Vice Chancellor’s Office of Academic Affairs Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease Campus Life Services Arts & Events Bronze Certified Medical Education Photo by Susan Merrell Story by Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact