UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, August 2013

Get LivingGreen Certification

LivingGreen Certification!

All offices, labs and units at UCSF can now be LivingGreen Certified, helping the university promote a healthier planet by saving trees, reducing waste and using less energy. Get Certified and be recognized for your environmental improvements. You'll get that personal satisfaction of greening your workspace by implementing more sustainable practices at your office, lab or clinic. At the end of the Fiscal year, an annual awards ceremony recognizes all certificate winners and recognizes extra-ordinary students, staff, faculty and teams at the annual UCSF Sustainability awards ceremony. Getting your workspace LivingGreen certified is one of the best ways to get involved with UCSF’s zero waste and carbon neutrality goals. The certification highlights your environmental work in your workspace and it goes something like this: One of our team members will conduct an brief assessment, discussing sustainability challenges currently faced and opportunities for improvement. Next, we will provide an assessment checklist containing our observations, opportunities for improvement, and a preliminary score. We also provide free education and equipment to help you manage your energy better. four to six weeks later, we schedule a follow up assessment and provide your workspace with a final score. It only takes 70% to be awarded a Living Green certification! This certification is offered year-round and we recommend work spaces get their certification updated every two years. Please reach out to our team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

A healthier planet means healthier patients.

The four simple steps to certification are outlined below.

Step 1 Certification Team

Each office, unit or lab interested in certification needs an informal, volunteer green champion to help oversee the certification process. If your area does not yet have a lead, consider stepping up to take this role—it is easy, informative and fun. As a first step, contact the LivingGreen team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and express your interest in initiating the certification process. Check-in with your boss to get their green light for proceeding and talk to your fellow co-workers to generate support for the certification effort.

Step 2

The certification process begins with a simple on-site visit from the LivingGreen team, during which you will jointly complete a checklist consisting of various actions covering Zero Waste, Culture Shift, Water Conservation, Toxics Reduction and Carbon Neutrality. To schedule a site visit, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). After the walk-through, you will receive a preliminary score along with a series of recommendations for improving it.

If your office or lab recently got certified in the 2012-13 Fiscal Year (FY), your participation will be counted and no action is necessary. If you got certified in 2011-2012 FY, it is time to get recertified to earn points in the competition.

Step 2

Depending on your area, the LivingGreen team will provide you with recommendations for a range of specific actions that your green group can implement, such as:

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  • Improving recycling and composting systems
  • Eliminating use of bottled water
  • Setting printers to print double sided
  • Ordering only 50% or better Post Consumer Waste (PCW) office paper
  • Reducing waste by recycling batteries, light bulbs and toner cartridges
  • Turning off lights and computer monitors at end-of-day
  • Using CFL or LED-based light bulbs for task lighting
  • Reducing water use
  • Utilizing appliance timers on electronic equipment

Step 2

During the quarter following the preliminary assessment, the LivingGreen team will return to see what improvements have been made. After this review, a score will be given. Based on the score, certifications are awarded at the following levels: 70 points=Bronze, 80 points=Silver, 90 points=Gold.

On Your Mark. Get Set. GO!!

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