UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, December 2014


Spotlight on UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award Winner:  Kim Klausner

PhotoKim Klausner, UCSF Industry Documents Digital Library Manager, was awarded the 2014 UCSF Sustainability Award over the summer.  Ms. Klausner was recognized for her leadership in increasing the environmental impact among both UCSF-affiliates (faculty, staff and students) and patrons (members of the general public). The energy and water efficiency, recycling, composting, and other programs started at Kalmanovitz during Ms. Klausner’s service as chair have resulted in quantifiable reductions in energy usages and costs, while simultaneously creating a productive facility for its occupants and patrons.  Since its inception in late 2008, she served as a resourceful and committed voluntary chair of the Kalmanovitz Library Sustainability Committee. Partly due to her efforts as the chair, Kalmanovitz reduced its electricity consumption by 32% and its water consumption by 25% in one year (FY 2008-09 to FY 2009-10, the last years for which data is available). Her efforts have integrated environmental sustainability into existing campus operations, raised awareness of the importance and financial benefit of these practices to campus operations, and fostered a culture of sustainable practices among Library personnel, UCSF staff and visitors, and the general public.

Awareness Raising

In summer 2009, during her tenure as chair, Kalmanovitz contracted with Gensler Design to brand and produce “Conservation is Contagious” collateral. This collateral included posters stating the dollars, electrical watts, or pounds of carbon monoxide saved by powering down monitors, using the stairs, turning off task lighting at the end of the day, and other simple measures. Under her leadership, the sustainability committee members placed these posters at the information booth, in the electronic information kiosks, in their work stations, and in the employee lounge.

Recycling and Composting

Since Ms. Klausner assumed the role of committee chair, Kalmanovitz management and Capital Programs and Facilities Management (CPFM) placed new, well-labeled and large capacity recycling bins in locations with high visibility, for both occupants and patrons. These locations include the main entrance to the library, near the elevator banks on all floors, and near the restrooms. In addition, electronic announcements on the information kiosk at the main entrance to the library alerted patrons to the locations of recycling bins.In the summer of 2009, Ms. Klausner’s committee initiated a composting program in the library.

Ms. Klausner took a few minutes to answer a few of our questions about LivingGreen at UCSF.

1.  Why do you think sustainability is important for UCSF?

As one of the largest businesses in San Francisco, UCSF can save a huge amount of energy by reducing, reusing and recycling. In doing so it can set an example for others and save itself money at the same time.


2.  What do you see as the link between health and the environment?

Health and the environment are inextricably tied together – you can’t have one without the other. The higher incidence of illness in poor neighborhoods that lack clean air, supermarkets, green space and adequate housing/services demonstrates this connection.


3.  What accomplishment are you most proud of around promoting LiveGreen at UCSF?

Making sure that all staff have desk-side paper/cans recycling bins.


4.  What is one action you would like to see your fellow staff/students take?

Use less water.