UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, May 2014

Get Empowered to LiveGreen—Attend the 2014 LivingGreen Fair On May 8th, 11 am to 2 pm

UCSF will be celebrating sustainability at the Living Green Fair May 8th, 11 am to 2 pm.

BoothLooking for something fun to do over lunch area with affordable, healthy food and engaging activities related to sustainability?  On May 8th from 11 am to 2 pm, UCSF is holding its annual LivingGreen Fair at the Millberry Union Game Room (500 Paranssus @ 3rd).  Gail Lee, UCSF’s Sustainability Manager is excited about the fair and encourages students to attend.  She explains, “The fair will offer many fun and engaging resources on how you can live green at work and home.  Plus we are offering great prizes this year, including a bicycle, chocolate, organic snacks and healthy beauty products, as well as the chance to taste organic chocolate, learn about UCSF’s sustainability program and eat a healthy lunch provided by Carmelina’s Taqueria for only $5.”

Showcasing UCSF Sustainability Efforts

“Come learn more about the UCSF Sustainability Action Plan and partake in the fun activities,” invites Lee.  Over 60 vendors from Sierra Club to Rainbow Grocery to My Green Lab to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will be providing information on their products and programs. There will be a variety of fun activities, including:

• Test drive a Nissan Leaf electric car
• Check out the Scoot Network electric scooters
• Take the UCSF Commuter Survey
• Learn about community organizations such as 350.org, Sierra Club and the Parks Conservancy
• Explore the Visual Arts Club at UCSF and Campus Life Services Arts & Events second Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show
• Participate in the used bike auction
• If you bring a pair of used sneakers to be recycled, you will receive a one-day pass to UCSF Fitness & Recreation Center

Participate in Bike to Work Day and Win a Free Lunch Voucher

LogoMay 8th is also Bike to Work Day. According to Eric Skultety, UCSF Rideshare Coordinator, UCSF will run a Transportation Services sponsored energizing station at the Parnassus campus at Irving & Arguello Street providing light refreshments to bikers from 7 am to 9:30 am. “All UCSF faculty, staff and students who bike to work and visit our energizing station on Bike to Work Day, will be given a voucher for a free lunch at the LivingGreen Fair,” explains Skultety.

Learn More About Growing Your Own Food

Plant towerWant to learn more about growing your own food?  Nomad Gardens will be present to answer questions about the new community garden opening at Mission Bay.  Among the many vendors attending the fair, Tower Garden® will be in attendance, showcasing its state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. It’s perfect for rooftops, patios, balconies, terraces—just about any relatively sunny place outside.  The Tower Garden Growing System comes with everything you need to start growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits at home—including specially formulated plant food and gourmet seeds. The aeroponic 5-feet-tall vertical garden allows you to grow up to 20 plants in less time than it takes in soil. Come to the fair to learn more about the numerous advantages of Tower Garden.