UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, May 2013

Five Reasons to Attend the LivingGreen Fair on May 9th


Empowered to LiveGreen
Thursday, May 9, 2013
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Millberry Union Game Room
500 Parnassus Avenue

The LivingGreen Fair showcases sustainability efforts around the UCSF campus and provides information on how students, staff and faculty can help fulfill our goal of “a healthy environment, sustainable future”.  In the past, the fair has focused on engaging attendees to be more sustainable at UCSF. This year, we look towards integrating greener behaviors into our personal lives and community.  Over 70 vendors from Sierra Club to Rainbow Grocery to car share programs will be providing information on their products and programs.

The 2013 fair features a LivingGreen prize wheel, a Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show, information on car share programs, electric bikes and electric cars, the opportunity to test drive a Leaf and Tesla, eyeglass, book and sneaker recycling, and the opportunity to learn about community organizations such as Sierra Club and the Parks Conservancy.

Ride your bike to work as part of Bike to Work Day;  Recology will be installing bike bells! Click here to see locations of energizing stations.  UCSF Transportation Services will have an energizer station at Irving at 2nd Avenue.  This station will provide water, coffee, fresh fruit and pastries to all UCSF student, faculty and staff who bike to work.  The station hours are from 7:00 am – 9:30 am.  All bicyclists will receive a free lunch that can be pick up at the Fair.

So mark your calendar and plan on attending May 9th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Here are five reasons for attending:

1.  Eat sustainably:  Something fun to do over lunch area with lots of yummy, healthy food vendors.  Taste chocolate, learn about UCSF’s sustainable food program and cage-free eggs.  Sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box and get fresh veggies delivered right to your house!  Food vendors expected include:
  Carmelina’s Taqueria (veggie burritos)
  New tree chocolate
  Alvarado St Bread
  Wilcox Cage-Free Eggs
  Honest Tea
  Bay Cities Produce
  CAFF (Community Alliance for Family Farmers)
  HCWH (Health care Without Harm)
  Three twins

2.  Learn more about LivingGreen:  Take a personal pledge and learn more about the LivingGreen Office/Lab Certification Program:  Visit the Culture Shift table to learn more about how to get your office or lab certified.

3.  Go solar:  Learn more about UCSF’s new partnership with Sunshade, a program that provides UCSF faculty, staff and students a discount on residential solar installations.

4.  Test drive an electric car or bike:  Both Nissan and Tesla have been invited to showcase their electric vehicles and The New Wheel Cyclery will bring its electric bikes.  Come take a test drive. For a limited time offer, Nissan is offering a discount program for UCSF staff members engaged in instruction, research, administration, or related educational activities.

5.  Check out the Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show:  The Visual Arts Club at UCSF and Campus Life Services Arts & Events have presented the Faculty and Staff Art Show for the past 25 years. This year, the Club has partnered with the 2013 LivingGreen Fair to present the inaugural Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show.

The recycled/reclaimed theme is appealing to even the “non-artists”, as many of the submissions are from people who don’t normally show in the annual staff and faculty show.

Art work is made from a range of suggested materials including:
• Used wood, metal, tiles, material
• Used canvas (if you are a painter, you could paint over an old painting)
• Photography should be reclaimed photos. Maybe, old photos painted, collages
• Styrofoam, cardboard, discarded packaging, plastic bags, containers, lids
• Used toys, jewelry, clothing, dishes