UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, January 2013

USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson honors Dr. Jeanne Conry at UCSF Grand Rounds

Group picUCSF’s Toxic Reduction Work Group was formed in FY11-12 as part of the Sustainability Action Plan to address efforts to reduce exposure to toxics in the environment where there is emerging evidence of exposure risk and greener alternatives are available. 

Given UCSF’s goal to incorporate best practices to reduce the use and disposal of toxics in the operations and activities at UCSF facilities, we are pleased to announce that on January 9th, Jeanne Conry MD, PhD, President-elect for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Assistant Physician in Chief, North Valley, Kaiser Permanente, gave an inspiring Grand Rounds presentation at UCSF calling on obstetricians and gynecologists to address environmental health issues with their patients and policy makers in order to improve women’s health. Dr. Conry discussed that, in light of the relationship between the environment, pregnancy and child health outcomes, reproductive environmental health is among her top priorities for her tenure as President of ACOG.

Following the lecture, Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Region IX Administrator, presented Dr. Conry with the EPA Region IX Environmental Health Champions award in Children’s Environmental Health. Administrator Jackson applauded Dr. Conry’s dedication to her patients and her commitment to advancing children’s health by working to create a safer environment for pregnancy and reproduction.

UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) nominated Dr. Conry for the award because of her long-standing commitment to environmental health and her groundbreaking leadership in making environmental health an important new area of action for ACOG, ensuring that the focus on children’s environmental health begins early in development—when preventative actions can play a profound role on the health of the pregnancy, the child and the adult that she/he will become.

Congratulations Dr. Conry!

Appreciation to Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is a clean air and climate leader for our nation and for our children. During her tenure as EPA Administrator, America has taken historic strides towards cleaner air, a smaller carbon footprint, and a healthier environment.

Under her leadership, the EPA has:

*  Determined, on the basis of an irrefutable body of science, that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, establishing a bedrock science-based foundation for our nation to address climate pollution under the Clean Air Act.
* Worked with the Department of Transportation to reduce the carbon footprint of passenger cars and trucks, saving consumers billions of dollars at the pump while promoting our country’s energy independence.
*  Saved tens of thousands of Americans from premature death and prevented hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks through far-reaching reductions in mercury and other toxic air emissions.

Over the last four years, Jackson has worked tirelessly to improve our air quality, protect America’s waters, strengthen chemical safety, and clean up our communities.

She has stood strong against the dirty air lobby, and has earned our appreciation.  If you would like to leave Jackson a personal message as her time at EPA draws to a close, click HERE.

From left to right:
Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc
Distinguished Professor and Chair The Robert B. Jaffe, MD Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences
UCSF Department of Obsterics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Lisa P. Jackson, MS
Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Tracey J. Woodruff PhD, MPH
Professor and Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
UCSF Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Jeanne Conry MD, PhD
President-elect for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and
Assistant Physician in Chief, North Valley, Kaiser Permanente

Learn more about the UCSF’s Program on Reproductive and Environmental Health at their website and 2012 Annual Report