Get Involved / Stay Informed
Links to ucsf events
There are many opportunities to get involved in sustainability activities on campus and in your community.
Here are a few of those offerings:
February 26th: I hope you can join us for a special screening of the award winning film Unacceptable Levels on February 26, from 6:30 – 9:00 at the Embarcadero Theater in San Francisco. This important film explores the role of toxic chemicals in the products we use, and their effects on our bodies.
February 20th - USGBC, The UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and UCGBC-NCC present a day long workshop “Challenges and Opportunities on Health, Materials and the Built Environment” with prominent national and regional speakers. Register now and get more info on the registration page.
Wednesday, February 19
Ambassador Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $20 non-member, $12 members, $7 students
LIvingGreen at four Wellness Events!
Parnassus - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 22, 2014 - the Wellness Expo will feature the return of the Know Your Numbers health testing program and a new section featuring the latest health and wellness apps and websites.Come to our exhibit hall and check out wellness-related exhibits and demos, talk to health experts and advisors, and enjoy a free healthy lunch! Be there at noon for the keynote address by Darya Pino Rose, author of Foodist.
MCB - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 17, 2014 - Tour the new Mini Fitness Center, with free snacks and coffee/tea
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: MCB 1st floor lobby
Laurel Heights - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 16, 2014 - Laurel Heights Mini-Expo: live music, free snacks and coffee/tea, exhibits and vendor booths
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: Garden Room, 2nd floor
Mission Bay - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 14, 2014 - Know your numbers!
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Location: Rutter Center Lobby
September 24, 2013 - You are invited to the following event: HOW GREEN IS THE EV: THE CLEAN ENERGY MIX & EV LIFE CYCLE
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Please Register by September 20, 2013 Attend Event
In Celebration of EV Week 2013, Please join Charge Across Town, PG&E, BC3 and The San Francisco Department of the Environment For a special reception and program
Speakers include PG&E and EV OEM Executives
HealthCare Without Harm hosts two webinars on antibiotics in agriculture. UCSF’s Tom Newman, MD is featured in the webinar: Saving Antibiotics: A Clinical Perspective on Antibiotic Over in Agriculture on Thurs, May 16, 2013 from 10-11am PT . The second webinar: Antibiotics & Agriculture: Protecting Public Health With Your Purchasing Dollars will be Wed, May 22, 2013 10-11 PT.
Attend the LivingGreen Fair and the first annual Recycled/Reclaimed Art Showboth on May 9th in the Millberry Union Gym and Game Room respectively.
FREE SF Dump Artist in Residence Exhibition January 25th - January 26th, 2013 freaturing Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Exhibitions: Works by Michael Damm, Julia Goodman and Jeff Hantman
December 10, 2012 - May 9, 2013 Calling all Artists! Participate in the first annual Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show! Create a unique piece of art that embraces your commitment to sustainability and reducing waste. Submit the Recycled Art Show Application or Call 415-514-1614 for more information.
October 30, 2012 - “West Nile Virus,” Phillip J. Norris, M.D., Science for the Rest of Us, UCSF Parnassus, N721, noon-1pm, sponsored by the ABOG. History, prevention and treatment of West Nile Virus.
October 30-31, 2012 - Hear UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Envionment(PRHE) staff talk about our new environmental health research and connecting it to clinical care and policy at this year’s American Public Health Association Conference (APHA) held in San Francisco.
PRHE talks at APHA
Tuesday, October 30th—Research
Tracey Woodruff and Roy Gerona: New Biomonitoring Approaches Hear about a new method and results to greatly accelerate our ability to identify chemicals found in people using cutting edge approaches based on time-of-flight liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (TOF LC-MS).
Tuesday, October 30th—Policy
Marj Plumb will present on the success of Reach the Decision Makers Program (Reach) a program that trains clinicians, scientists and community members to promote reproductive health science at the USEPA. Two past fellows will also present on how they made a difference at USEPA during this session.
Wednesday, October 31st—Clinical Practice
Jessica Trowbridge will present the results of a mixed methods survey on OB/GYN beliefs and attitudes about addressing environmental health issues with their patients. She will also talk about PRHE’s current outreach and translation activities through the From Advancing Science to Ensuring Prevention (FASTEP) Alliance.
Other PRHE Staff presentations:
Patrice Sutton is presenting on the Impact of War on Women’s Health.
October 29th 4:48PM https://apha.confex.com/apha/140am/webprogram/Session34495.html
Patrice is also moderating a round table discussion at the Peace Caucus on “The Role of Public Health Practitioners, Academics, and Advocates in Relation to Armed Conflict and War”
October 30th 4:30-6PM https://apha.confex.com/apha/140am/webprogram/Session37004.html
October 24, 2012 - UCSF is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day with a Food Day event at Moffitt Cafe from 11-1pm. Learn why purchasing and supporting sustainable food makes a difference. Come visit the LivingGreen table and learn about what UCSF is doing and what you can do about saving energy, water and sorting your waste. Get a free stainless steel bottle just for signing up for the LivingGreen Office or Lab. Find out more about Campus Sustainability Day
Join the Celebration!
Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) is a day of focus - on what has been accomplished and what is needed to maintain momentum. Emphasis in 2012 is on connecting to new groups and allies on campus, highlighting student stories, connecting diverse planning efforts, and reaching out to external partners who can help you move toward success.
Read the exciting and inspiring History of Campus Sustainability Day
Tune in to the Keynote Broadcast (Oct 24, 11-1:30 PST) “Educating Students for a Changing Climate”
Join a Regional Conversation hosted by a CSD Supporting Organization
See list of events planned for Campus Sustainability Day 2012 and submit your own
October 17, 2012 - Visit our table at the Scientific Products Vendor Showcase at Mission Bay in the Courtyard outside Genentech Hall. We’ll share a table with the Lab Managers and take pledges, sign people up for the LivingGreen Lab certification and provide tips so that you can live green at UCSF.
October 12, 2012 - We’re hosting a table at Showcase@UCSF with all things IT. We’ll be there from 9-4 pm. Come visit out table to see how you can save energy and reduce emissions by taking a few simple steps. Sign up to get your office LivingGreen certified and get a free stainless steel water bottle!
October 10, 2012 - Come to the Mission Bay Block Party from noon - 1:30pm see our five tables covering the LivingGreen at UCSF, UCSF Procurement, Bright Ideas and the Recycling Team. Learn to sort your waste, buy green products, submit your suggestions on making UCSF better, and sign your office or lab up to be LivingGreen Certified.
September 24, 2012 - Join us at the New Student Orientation and Chancellor’s Reception to welcome new students at the Milberry Union gym. Come for refreshments and learn about all the services offered to students.
September 19, 2012 - Visit our table at the Scientific Products Vendor Showcase at Saunders Court, Parnassus. We’ll share a table with the Lab Managers and take pledges, sign people up for the LivingGreen Lab certification and provide tips so that you can live green at UCSF.
August 22, 2012 - John us at the Lab Managers Town Hall at Parnassus noon-1pm in HSW 300 or Genentech Hall 2-3pm in G114 to hear about how labs can be more sustainable. We’re presenting many ways the labs can save energy, water, money, recycle plastics, glass, formalin and alcohol.
Get organic produce sent to where you work! Mission Bay has a weekly organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) drop off site for a local farm, Terra Firma Farms. Basically it is a weekly subscription to a small ($14), medium ($24), or large ($32) size box of organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. And you are able to pick it up on the Mission Bay campus.
If you are interested or have questions, here are some links:
How to choose a box:
The produce is AMAZING, and the boxes always contain a thoughtful sampling of what’s in season. (Pablito & Pablote make their own meals from the box each week and send out a newsletter each week with a recipe suggestion and info.) Check it out!
WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY, MAY 31, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus community is invited and encouraged to celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Thursday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at several UCSF sites. UCSF is proud to participate in the World Health Organization’s global event.
This year’s goals are threefold: to help people quit smoking, increase awareness of health care providers in how to help people quit, and provide information about the World Health Organization’s theme “Tobacco industry interference.”
Information tables will be at various locations from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. with information about:
• UCSF Smoking Cessation services
o Inpatient: text page 443-QUIT (24/7 support by respiratory therapists specially trained in smoking cessation counseling)
o Outpatient: The Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center at Mount Zion (offers group cessation classes; call 885-7895)
o Employee smoking cessation support; call 885-7895
May 10 to June 15, 2012
The book drive is sponsored by UCSF Libraries and endorsed by LivingGreen at UCSF. Bring your recently-published hardback and paperback books in good condition to any of the below libraries to help literacy programs and science and technology to second and third world countries. Collection boxes are located at the following:
Parnassus Library - near circulation desk
San Francisco General Hospital Library Bldg 30
Mission Bay Library - Rutter Community Center, Rm 150
654 Minnesota St - second floor lobby
May 10, 2012
LivingGreen Fair and Bike to Work Day!
Thursday, May 10 11-2pm
Millberry Union Gymnasium
Learn about what UCSF is doing and what you can do
Celebrate Bike to Work Day - free energizing stations along routes to Parnassus and Mission Bay
Bid for a bike at our bike auction
Visit over 50 vendors
Win an Amazon gift card and other gift certificate rafe prizes
Taste organic foods
Recycle your old sneakers and get a free fitness center pass
Win a moonlight kayak paddle trip for two
Buy a $5 veggie burrito with chips provided by Carmelina’s Taqueria
Enjoy live music
The UCSF Farmer’s Market at Mission Bay Opens April 11th. Join Campus LIfe Service Retail & The Pacific Coast Farmiers Market association for a grand opening celebration on the plaza at 500 Gene Friend Way from from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM featuring—
—Live cooking demo w/ Chef Mario from 12 pm – 1pm
—Live music from local band, Big Dog & the Bark
—Fresh, California-grown produce, flowers & specialty items
The UCSF Farmers’ Market at Mission Bay is open Wednesday (rain or shine) at 10 am.
Greenhealth Academy Webinars are free to all UCSF employees
Greenhealth Academy is pleased to offer the following webinars over the next several weeks:
Climate Change and Health Literacy for Health Professionals
March 21, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Health care professionals can play a vital role in preparing their medical staff, facilities and communities to be resilient and cope with the health and environmental effects of climate change. Please join us for a look at the casual relationship between health care and climate change.
January 18 is the LivingWell Expo. Activities and events will be held across most UCSF campuses. Please come to the Expo being held at the Milberry Union gymnasium from 10am - 2 pm find our how to Live Weel, Come to our Living Green at UCSF table where you can take the pledge, sign up for the Living Green Office certification, pick up reminder stickers, or learn about our program. The Recycling Program staff will also be present to share how you can help us meet our waste diversion goals. the Asian American Donor Program will also be available to register interested persons to become bone marrow donors.
October 24 is National Food Day! Food Day is about eating more food that comes from farms and less food that comes from factories. It is an opportunity to celebrate real food and the growing movement to reform the American food system. Go o the link to find out more!
LivingWell Snack Hour - Oct 3, 2011 from 3-4 pm
Free sustainable healthy snacks while they last at the following locations:
Parnassus – Millberry Union Event & Meeting Center
SFGH – Cafeteria
Laurel Heights – The View Café
Mt. Zion – Ida’s Cafe
Mission Bay – Rutter Center Atrium
October 5, 2011 - Genetech Hall Courtyard, 11am - 2 pm
Join us at the UCSF Scientific Vendors Showcase where LivingGreen recognizes vendors who have green products or services that support our green procurement efforts!
Mission Bay Block Party - a zero waste event! Join us on October 12 from noon-1:30 pm at the LivingGreen table to find out how you can be more sustainable at work and at home!
UCSF Book Drive June 6-17
How would you like to help improve literacy worldwide and at the same time divert perfectly useable books from landfills? If you’d like to help, please donate your medical and non-medical books to UCSF libraries at Parnassus and San Francisco General Hospital.
Between June 6, 2011 and June 17th, UCSF Kalmonovitz Library and San Francisco General Hospital’s Barnett-Briggs Medical Library will be collecting used recently-published (past 10 years) books in good condition. Collection bins will be set up near the library entrances.
The libraries are partnering with non-profit Better World Books to donate books and provide funding to Books for Africa and the National Center for Family Literacy. If the books are saleable, they will be offered for sale online at the Better World Books website, and if they cannot be donated or sold online, they will be recycled.
Thank you in advance for your help with our project – please spread the word to everyone you know!
May 31, 2011 - World No Tobacco Day - The campus community is invited and encouraged to celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Tuesday, May 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Parnassus—Medical Science Building Lobby, SFGH, Laurel Heights—cafeteria, and Mount Zion—main lobby. UCSF is proud to participate in the World Health Organization’s global event.
An information table will be at each location from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with information about:
• Tobacco Education Center at Mount Zion
• Interprofessional education opportunities for students in all four schools and physical therapy
• World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
• Enhanced patient cessation services
May 19: What you need to know about climate change and health brown bag lunch lecture and discussion by Tom Newman UCSF faculty, noon – 1 pm Rock Hall Auditorium, MB
After briefly reviewing evidence of global climate change, its causes and health effects, Dr. Newman will discuss what we all can do about it, leaving time for questions and discussion. Dr. Newman is a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics Chief, Division of Clinical Epidemiology Member, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, and Physicians for Social Responsibility Steering Committee (S.F. Bay Area) and National Board of Directors. See presentation here: Newman_Global_Climate_Change_and_Health_19May11.pdf
May 17:, Paper, Water, and other Sordid Tales brown bag lunch, film and discussion by Food and Water Watch, 12 – 1 pm at Cole Hall, Parnassus - Come learn about water policies that seriously affect you and your communities! We will touch on the $11.1 billion water bond, the peripheral canal, the health of the San Francisco Bay Delta and the Redwood City Saltworks Project presented by Food and Water Watch staff, Adam Scow.
May 12: Living Green Fair, 11am-2pm at Mulberry Union Gym, Parnassus - The Living Green Fair will showcase sustainability efforts around the UCSF campus and medical center and what you can do to support these efforts. Over 60 tables will cover our new Sustainability Action Plan’s six objectives: Carbon neutrality, zero waste, water conservation, toxics reduction, sustainable food, and campus engagement. A $5 burrito/chips/drink lunch will be offered. The fair will feature examples of our LEED certified buildings, green cleaning, green purchasing, give-aways, prize wheel, and FREE opportunities to get involved:
Bring your children’s toys/jewelry or dishware for lead testing by Center for Environmental Health
Bid for a bike at our Bike Auction
Join a Green Team and receive a free steel water bottle
Recycle your old sneakers and get a free kayak trip from UCSF Outdoor Programs
$5 lunch of veggie burrito, chips/salsa and agua fresca and Bring Your Own Cup (BYOB!)
May 12: Bike to Work Day: Energizing stations (coffee/scones/lunch vouchers provided) will be located at 2nd & Irving and 16th & Owens from 7am-9am. - San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike To Work Day aims to motivate non-bike riders and those already cycling to get involved. With bike riding’s many advantages like healthier living, reducing one’s footprint, and an affordable transportation alternative, Bike To Work Day is headed for a significant increase in participation in 2011. Biking to work is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+minues of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.
May 10: Antibacterial soaps: Are they necessary? Effects of antibacterial chemicals on the environment and human health - brown bag lecture and discussion by Sarah Janssen, UCSF faculty, noon to 1 pm in Cole Hall, Parnassus
Consumers in the United States spend almost $1 billion per year on “antibacterial” soaps and other products, containing the active ingredients triclosan or triclocarban. These products are also prevalent in healthcare settings. However, the FDA has stated there is no evidence that these products are any more effective than plain soap and water and the widespread use has resulted in widespread environmental and human contamination. In addition, these chemicals are linked to the harmful human health effects. Learn about why this has happened and what you can do. Presented by Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH is Senior Scientist, NRDC and Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCSF. See presentation here JanssenAntibacterial_SoapsUCSF.pptx.
May 5: Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Nuclear Power Brown Bag lecture and discussion by Robert Gould of Physician’s for Social Responsibility, 12:30 – 2 pm in HSW 301, Parnassus - In the context of the recent catastrophic events at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan, this presentation will examine the full range of environmental and public health issues associated with nuclear power in general, and the impacts of the current global push for nuclear power expansion justified as a solution to unfolding climate change. Issues to be covered include the history of nuclear power programs, issues of safety, waste, nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The talk will also explore “carbon-free and nuclear-free” clean, safe and sustainable energy alternatives that can alternatively address the challenges of climate change while offering better protection of environmental and public health. See presentation here 5-5-11_Nuclear_Power_UCSF.ppt.
May 3: In Search of Good Food, Brown Bag lunch, film and discussion by Food and Water Watch, - noon to 1 pm at Cole Hall, Parnassus - A couple of years ago, young San Francisco native and urban food activist Antonio Roman-Alcala decided to travel through California with a camera crew to seek some answers about the current state of the regional food system. How sustainable is it, truly, passed the glamorous facade of the astoundingly diverse, fresh, organic and local food landscape that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.
April 26th is Gladstone Institute’s Green Product Show from 2-4pm, located at 1650 Owens Street will have 10 lab products vendors coming to it to display their eco-friendly products, equipment, and manufacturing practices.
Saturday, April 16th is San Francisco for the Great Compost Giveaway! - To thank you for recycling and composting and highlight the compost collection program Recology is giving San Francisco residents up to 5 gallons of free compost made from food scraps and plants collected in the City. Thank you for being a part of the nations’ most effective recycling and composting program! Bring your own bucket to any of four locations to collect your gourmet planting mix! Click here for more information.
Free Webinar for Healthcare Clinicians: Thursday April 14th, 2011 10:00 -11:30 PST
Climate Change and the Role of the Health Care Clinician: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation
Join Practice Greenhealth and Health Care without Harm for this free Webinar on Climate Literacy in preparation for Earth Day activities
Safe Medicine Disposal Day - San Francisco Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring a one-day Take-Back Event for old/expired medications, on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Ethics of Drug Sales: Confessions of a Drug Rep
Tuesday, November 16, noon-1 p.m., HSW-303, Parnassus. T hink you know what a drug rep does? Think your judgment can’t be bought? Come hear one side of the story from Shahram Ahari, MPH, a former drug rep - detailing the ins and outs of the drug rep-physician relationship. Contact.
Free Admission To Muir Woods And Over 100 National Parks
Thursday, November 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Muir Woods. L ooking to get in a little nature but are on a budget? How about visiting one of our nation’s national parks absolutely free. To make it easier to experience America’s Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees (and even car fees), so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. More info.
Health Disparities, Health Reform, And The Culture of Medicine: Lessons From NIH Diversity
Wednesday, November 10, 3:30-5 p.m., Room 474, Laurel Heights. Associate Professor of Health Policy Studies, Daniel Dohan discusses how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act of 1993 has failed, offering insights into what Health Reform must do if it is to reduce disparities and re-shape the culture of medicine. Contact. Sponsors: UCSF Medical Anthropology
Saturday, November 6, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Byers Hall Shuttle Stop, MB
Walking through the Presidio, explore the extraordinary role of the Army in this extraordinary time, and about the more than 200,000 San Franciscans left suddenly homeless, and their struggle to return to a normal life. RSVP to Lindsey Pack.
Green Biz Innovation Forum, Oct 19-20, 2010, UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center
350.org Global Work Party Oct 10, 2010. This worldwide event is happening in your neighborhood
Cell Phones: Health Impacts of Radio Frequency Exposure, Friday, October 8, noon-1:30 p.m., Nursing Building, N 225, Parnassus
Bill Snape Center for Biological Diversity speaker for National Climate Seminar, Oct 6, 2010, conference call