UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, June 2013

Carbon Dioxide Level Reaches New Milestone:  Three Ways UCSF is Responding

GraphAccording to a recent piece in the New York Times, ” The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone…reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.”

“Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million (ppm) — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering.”

You can learn more about climate change at 350.org, which is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis.  350 refers to 350 ppm, the safe level of carbon in the atmosphere.  According to 350.org, “Passing 400 is a sober reminder we have much work to do.”

UCSF Programs

It is easy to get discouraged when faced with such overwhelming news.  But we can each can take small actions and be part of the solution.  Read on to learn more about three of UCSF’s employee programs to help you LiveGreener.

Explore all the transportation offerings from from CLS:  UCSF offers a range of alternative transportation options to make it easier for you to get out of your car.  Give yourself more time to rest and relax before and after work by leaving the driving to someone else.

SunSharesSunShares is a discount program that helps UCSF employees, and friends and family, purchase solar panels for their home.  The program is good through July 31st.  To learn more attend an orientation session on the Parnassus Campus June 5, noon to 1 pm, Room S-172, in the Med Sci Building.

Nissan Leaf:  Nissan is offering a special discount for UCSF employees through June on the Nissan Leaf.  This is a fantastic deal with a $1,000 below dealer invoice, $7,500 federal tax credit, $1,000 charging station tax credit, a $2,500 state EV purchase rebate and SOV lane sticker.  See below for more details!  UCSF photo ID required.  Offer expires June 30, 2013. The flyer below has all the details.