Greening the Medical Center



Medical Center's 2015 Sustainability Report

MCDue to the opening of the Medical Center at Mission Bay on Feburary 1, 2015, the enormous dedication and commitment to a smooth transition from Parnassus to Mission Bay was all consuming.  Therefore, some of the sustainability efforts were put aside to address the complete transition of the Pediatric, Women’s and Cancer departments to Mission Bay.  In light of this, an Executive Summary was written for the Medical Center Sustainability Report.  This Executive Summary highlights UCSF’s greatest accomplishments at the medical center over the FY15.  For those interested in more details, please see the full online Annual Report that covers both the campus and medical center Annual Report You can download a PDF of the Executive Summary HERE.

Overview

As you know, UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leader in healthcare, but you may not realize that UCSF Medical Center (UCSFMC) is also a leader in healthcare sustainability.  From earning a LEED Gold Certification for the new Mission Bay Hospitals to reducing water use by 13% since 2013-2014 Fiscal Year (FY14) to saving more than $1M from reprocessing single use devices, UCSFMC continued to live its commitment to leadership in health and sustainability during FY15.

Key highlights are summarized below:

  • GREEN BUILDING: The new Mission Bay Hospitals (The Gateway Medical Building, Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, Bakar Cancer Hospital, and the Benioff Children’s Hospital) received one LEED-Gold certification for new construction (LEED-NC). All buildings feature green design elements such as roof top gardens and terraces, natural daylighting, energy efficient ventilation systems, green interiors, water recovery, and reuse. The Parnassus Ambulatory Care Center’s Heart and Vascular Clinic Renovation (ACC4) was submitted to US Green Building Council for LEED-Silver Certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).


  • LEADERSHIP: In 2015 UCSFMC was recognized by Practice Green Health with a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award and three Circles of Excellence Awards in the categories of climate, green building and leadership.  The medical center continues to demonstrate leadership in energy savings, water conservation, waste reduction, employee engagement, green chemicals and sustainability leadership.

UCSF was also recognized at one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America through an independent review by Becker’s Hospital Review, a prestigious industry periodical.


  • CLIMATE CHANGE: The new Mission Bay Medical Center is 50% more energy efficient than a conventional hospital, receiving a $829,839 rebate from PG&E as part of the Strategic Energy Partnership.  In FY15, the UCSFMC reduced its single occupancy vehicle (SOV) rate to 39%, implemented a new compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttle for patient/visitor transport around Mission Bay and installed 16 new EV charging stations plus a new bike cage at Mission Bay.


  • WATER:  UCSFMC reduced water consumption by 33.2% from its FY08 to FY10 baseline average, exceeding the 2020 policy goal of reducing water use by 20% five years early.  Overall water use at the medical center was reduced by 13% from FY14.


  • ZERO WASTE:  Reprocessing of single use devices in the OR, Cath lab and patient care units diverted 44,000 lbs of waste, generating $1.04M in savings.  UCSFMC achieved a 34% waste diversion rate, down from 44% last year, due to the transition to the new Mission Bay Hospitals.


  • SUSTAINABLE FOOD:  Nutrition and Food Services’ sustainable food spend for FY15 was 26.7%, exceeding the UCOP Goal by 6.7% and six years early.


  • TOXICS REDUCTION: Due to negative health and environmental impacts, UCSFMC eliminated Triclosan, a common antibacterial compound, from hand soaps.  In addition, all cleaning supplies are now Green Seal certified.
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  • CULTURE SHIFT: Chancellor Hawgood presented awards at the 5th Annual Sustainability Awards to faculty, staff, student and team categories and five LivingGreen Clinic/Unit certifications to medical center departments. The 2015 LivingGreen Fair was a big success, with over 1,500 attendees and 80+ vendors in attendance. Booths highlighted green laboratory practices, sustainable products, food, transportation and UCSF’s sustainability programs.