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For the most current FY16-17 report go to this link.

Carbon Emissions

UCSF goals are to reduce current emissions levels back to our 2000 emissions levels by end of 2014;  1990 levels by 2020;  and Carbon Neutrality by 2025 as a result of the UC President’s new initiatives.  UCSF emissions are based upon five major sources:  electricity, natural gas, fleet vehicles, commute and air travel.  Commute and air travel are two areas where we can engage the campus community to reduce emissions through the increased use of teleconferencing and public transit.  Department and individual actions such as purchasing energy efficient equipment and turning off lights, equipment, and computer monitors are also needed.

Deep deep energy efficiency projects such as heating/cooling mechanical retrofits and lighting retrofits is one strategy to continue to reduced of our emissions.  Two other emission reduction strategies at the systemwide level are being implemented:  wholesale renewable power purchases and biogas development. 

Please note that our current square footage has doubled since 2000 and with the opening of the Medical Center at Mission Bay, an additional 1M sq feet was be added.  By 2035, an estimated additional 4M sq ft is projected to be added without significant emission level increases due to energy efficient construction practices along with the three strategies.
Emissions Timeline

(note: Table does not include emissions from leased spaces)

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Employee Commute

The UCSF Transportation Department has worked hard to offer alternative transportation options to the UCSF community.  Pre-tax subsidies are used to lower the cost of public transit, electric vehicle charging stations are available to public and permit parking areas, secured bicycle storage is provided in two locations, the Marin Commute Club buses people to/from Marin, and a robust shuttle service is provide to all major UCSF hubs.  An increase in electric car usage may have masked the downward trend in single occupancy vehicles numbers in 2014.

Measured in percentage of single occupancy vehicles versus all commute alternatives made by staff, students, and faculty per year based on an annual survey.

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Culture Shift

UCSF Sustainability is tracking UCSF community engagement by the number of unique website hits per month.  We are also tracking the number of faculty, staff and student pledges obtained each month through our LivingGreen tabling events and LivingGreen Office and Laboratory assessments performed.  Our goal is to obtain pledges from faculty, students, and staff to do three simple actions:

  • Turn off your monitor
  • Report Water Leaks
  • Learn to Sort your waste

Our LivingGreen Team Interns are signing up the UCSF community to make pledges at tabling events held in building lobbies, at campus/medical center events, or areas where the LivingGreen Office, Lab or Events assessments are taking place to obtain their certifications. In 2014, we are offering LivingGreen Clinic/Unit certifications as well.  Campus engagement has been measured by the number of visits to the LivingGreen at UCSF website.

Unique website visitors(in blue) and total website visits (in green).  In the past two years, the LivingGreen website has received 75,121 unique visits and 126,654 total visits that indicate viewing goes beyond the UCSF community. In the past year, the Office of Sustainability has received inquiries from as far away as Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, and Korea and interviews from two national magazines.  More information can be found here.

Trending Behavior Change Survey This data collected from UCSF’s annual commute survey to gauge behavior change as a result of sustainability communication and outreach efforts. The Y- axis is the number of “yes” answers by each survey taker to the question “In the past year, has UCSF’S green efforts influenced you to change your behavior in the following areas:”. The N is the number of people who answered the survey.  In general, the trend is the same or improved in all areas except reducing waste.

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Sustainable Food

UCSF Medical Center’s Nutrition and Food Services is tracking their total and sustainable food spend to meet the UCOP System-wide Policy on Sustainable Practices of 20% sustainable food spend by 2020.  The medical center has exceeded this goals but now struggles to maintain this level due to increase cost.  Campus Life Services is working with the 30 Retail Food vendors to find an tool to help them track their sustainable food spend in a consistent and convenient manner.  The definition UC uses for sustainable food includes the following:

  • Locally Grown
  • Locally Raised, Handled, and Distributed
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Domestic Fair Trade Certified
  • Shade-Grown or Bird Friendly Coffee
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Food Alliance Certified
  • USDA Organic
  • AGA Grassfed
  • Pasture Raised
  • Grass-finished/100% Grassfed
  • Certified Humane Raised & Handled
  • Cage-free
  • Protected Harvest Certified
  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • Seafood Watch Guide “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives”
  • Farm/business is a cooperative or has profit sharing with all employees
  • Farm/business social responsibility policy includes (1) union or prevailing wages, (2) transportation and/or housing support, and (3) health care benefits
  • Other practices or certified processes as determined by the campus and brought to the Sustainable Foodservices Working Group for review and possible addition in future Policy updates.

Sust Food 10-14
Percentage of spend on food meeting the sustainable food definition over total food spend per year

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Green Buildings

LEED Projects 05-15 Measured by square feet of LEED certified space (2014 data projected)

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Hazardous Waste

UCSF has medical center and research activities that generate hazardous waste in the process of providing health, diagnostic, and investigative benefits.  A conscious effort is made by our Environmental Health and Safety staff to reduce those hazards through safety training, practices, and reduction of hazardous materials where feasible.  This effort has led to the reduction of 43 tons of hazardous waste in the past four years.
Haz Waste 08-11
Total tons of hazardous waste generated and disposed of per year

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Medical Waste

UCSF has medical center and research activities that generate medical or infectious waste in the process of providing health, diagnostic, and investigative benefits. A conscious effort is made by our Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality Department, and staff to reduce those hazards through safety training, best practices, and reduction of infectious waste where feasible. To reduce our off-site disposal of medical waste, an on-site steam sterilization system has been installed which has reduced our disposal costs by $250,000 per year.  Campus generated medical waste is about 30% of the entire University.  In general a declining trend of total weight has occurred in the past three fiscal years.
Med Waste By Type FY09-14
Measured by tons generated and treated per year.

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Solid Waste

Diversion Rates
UCSF Facilities Management is working hard to reach the UC System-wide Policy on Sustainable Practices solid waste goal of zero waste by 2020.  This is defined as diverting 95% of all our solid waste to be reused, recycled, or composted.  The Medical Center is now included in this requirement, Hospitality Services is working to divert as much waste as possible through composting in the cafeteria, in-patient room recycling and Surgery department recycling.  The entire campus is engaged in helping UCSF meet this goal through education campaigns and outreach.
SW Diverson 98-14
Measured by tons of waste reused, recycled or composted over the total solid waste generated per year. Medical Center data is not included.

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Recycled Paper Usage

Total Number of PCW Reams Used
The UC system-wide Policy on Sustainable Practices states that the University will phase out the use of virgin paper and adopt a minimum standard of 30% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) recycled content paper to be used in all office equipment (e.g., multi-function devices, copiers, printers, and fax machines).  To date the campus is over 85% PCW copy paper.  The medical center has completely converted to 30% PCW copy paper.  In addition, the policy supports the ongoing transition to electronic documentation but the conversion to electronic medical records in the medical center has actually increased paper usage.  The encouragement of conversion to electronic document storage throughout the campus is expected to decrease the use of paper in general.

Recycled Paper Usage 08-13
Measured by percentage of post consumer waste reams of paper purchased per year

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Water Usage

UCSF has implemented several activities to reduce water usage, including the replacement of a steam turbine in the central plant which provides significant efficiencies and water savings of 36 million gallons from between 2009 and 2010.  A conventional chiller was replaced at the Medical Center with an electric chiller saving 7.7M gallons/year.  Reuse of cooling tower water in the Central Plant has also reduced our water usage. The new Water Conservation work group is continuing to look for water saving opportunities and have implemented a full campus audit of water usage to develop a baseline for further water efficiency projects.

In addition, wherever possible, UCSF will purchase WaterSense® certified products and develop strategic sourcing of water saving products as well as pressing the market for greater energy and water efficiency for the products and services regularly purchased by the University.
Water by Year 09-14
Measured by million gallons of water used per year

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