UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, April 2012

May 10th:  LivingGreen Fair, Sustainability Awards Ceremony & Bike to Work Day

On May 10th, there will be multiple opportunities to join the UCSF community in LivingGreen.  If you can, ride your bike to work!  And attend the Sustainability Awards ceremony and LivingGreen Fair for some good green fun.

LivingGreen Fair

The LivingGreen Fair, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Millberry Union Gym on May 10th, provides an opportunity to learn how to incorporate environmentally preferable practices at work and at home. Come join the UCSF community and more than 60 non-profit groups and environmentally responsible businesses to learn about safe cosmetics, green building material choices, non-toxic cleaning products, water and energy conservation, gardening and composting, electronics recycling, earth friendly gift items, organic food tastings, alternative fuel vehicles and more.

The focus again this year is to share our Sustainability Action Plan’s six strategic objectives:  Carbon Neutrality, Water Conservation, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Sustainable Food and Culture Shift.  When you arrive you will receive a quick information flyer encouraging you to visit our work group tables highlighting these objectives.

There will a range of fun and interesting activities offered, including: 

*  Bid for a bike at the Bike Auction!
*  Make a the Pledge, and have an chance to win a steel water bottle;
*  Recycle your old sneakers and get a fitness center pass
*  Win a moonlight kayak paddle trip for two from UCSF Outdoor Programs
*  Give your unwanted books a second chance (see below);
*  The first 100 participants who bike to work will receive a free lunch voucher redeemable at Fair (see below); and
*  A vegetarian lunch (veggie burrito, chips/salsa and drink) will be available for only $5.  Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC)!
*  Taste sustainable foods
*  Enjoy live music  

Book Drive

Bring your unwanted books to the Fair!  Better World Books (named a “responsibility pioneer” by TIME magazine) partners with over 1600 campuses to provide a socially and environmentally responsible outlet for unwanted books. The majority of the books collected are college textbooks that students are unable to sell back after finals, as well as books professors are weeding from their offices.

Look for the “Culture Shift” table for the book collection boxes.

Sustainability Awards

Immediately prior to the Fair, at 10:30 am in the Game Room, UCSF will announce the 2012 Sustainability Awards.  Launched last year by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS), the award recognizes staff, students, faculty and green teams for their contributions to sustainability at UCSF.  Recognition will also be given to departments who have obtained the LivingGreen office certificate.

Bike to Work Day

Sign up for Bike to Work. Details located at flyers at or around the bicycle cages. The first 100 participants who bike to work will also receive a free lunch voucher redeemable at the LivingGreen Fair. 

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hosting three Energizer Stations near the Mission Bay area at 4th & Townsend,  7th & 16th Street, and 3rd & Cesar Chavez.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be hosting an energizing station near the Owens Street garage.

The Parnassus campus’ Energizing Station will be located at 2nd Avenue & Irving Streets from 7:30am-9:00am, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Transportation Services. Other energizing stations will be located throughout the City.  Click here to find an energizing station near you. 
Each station provides free donated snacks and beverages, as well as a convenient reusable tote bags for future commutes, filled with goodies!

Bid on a Bike at the Bike Auction

Interested in bidding on a bike?  Be prepared to take one home and bring a lock so you can take the bike immediately after the Auction.