UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer & Jennifer Armenta, Green Impact, October 2015

Mt. Zion’s Engineering Team Wins UCSF Sustainability Award

Mt. Zion Team This year the Mt. Zion Cancer Research Engineering team, Michael Dziadek, Alberto Alfaro, and Marco Dias, were awarded the 2015 UCSF Sustainability Award in the team category for improving operational efficiencies in their building engineering systems. At the UCSF Sustainability Award Ceremony last month, the team’s contributions were recognized by the Chancellor.

“Michael and his team are always looking for ways to improve and save, whether its retrofitting the mechanical systems to operate more efficiently or reprogramming equipment washers to run shorter cycles. These efforts alone have saved hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a year and 70,000 kwh/year from lighting retrofits,” said Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor Medical Affairs, UCSF Professor, School of Medicine.

Each month we will be interviewing one of the 2015 Sustainability Award winners. This month we had the pleasure of speaking with one of the engineering team members, Michael Dziadek, about sustainability and health at UCSF:

Why do you think sustainability is important for UCSF?

UCSF’s role and leadership in research and health care must be supported by a work environment that is focused on preserving our natural resources and views sustainability, not only as an financial incentive, but as a necessary duty to our children and future generations.

What do you see as the link between health and the environment?

A clean environment, including the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we grow and is an essential factor to our health. A healthy body will foster a healthy mind and this connection is a key to a much happier life.

What accomplishment are you most proud of around promoting LiveGreen at UCSF?

As an Engineer, I worked on many projects pursuing the goal of increased sustainability and preserving resources. What makes me proud is that at the end of a day I come home knowing that my two year old daughter will have a better future because there are people that care about the environment.

What is one action you would like to see your fellow staff/students take?

Keep it simple. Recycle, turn off lights when you don’t use them, save water, observe were technology is headed and how you can apply innovations in your daily life.

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