UCSF Sustainability Stories

Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Kristen Fitzhenry

FitzhenryKristen Fitzhenry from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, was a 2012 Sustainability Award Winner in the staff category. 

Ms. Fitzhenry created, organized and now chairs the Team Green Committee for the School of Medicine Dean’s office units.  She developed their Green Charter, various initiatives, Green tips for Medical Education blog and is a great example of a team player and LivingGreen leader.

We had the opportunity to ask Ms. Fitzhenry a few questions about sustainability at UCSF.

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

As a large employer and presence in our community, UCSF is in a position to make a tremendous impact. We are very fortunate to work at an organization that has made a commitment to sustainability, and that commitment continues to grow. From compost bins, to the refillable water stations, bike racks, etc, UCSF makes it easier to follow green behaviors in the work place.

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

Living in a clean, non-toxic environment is an important factor in optimal health. I think we all have a right to optimal health and should all do our part to maintain clean environments in our local and global communities.

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

I am most proud of our Green Team. I think it’s important to remember the impact that grassroots efforts can have. We’ve focused on education and awareness, as well as acknowledging the green behaviors of Medical Education staff. I have to give credit and thanks to my fellow Medical Education Green Team members – Sylvia DeCourcey, Patricia Ramirez, and Jewel Smally.

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

Recognize the power in modeling green behavior. My colleague, David Rachleff, collects our compostables and recyclables after meetings and takes them to the closest bins. As a result, I think we’re all more aware of waste and how easy it is to take action.

Congratulations Kristen!