UCSF Sustainability Stories

Sophia Labeko, April 2022

UCSF Receives B+ on Planetary Health Report Card

UC San Francisco received a B+, the same grade as last year, on the 2022 Planetary Health Report Card.

UCSF School of Medicine students Alison Chang (pictured left), Valerie Kahkejian (pictured center), and Gunnar Mattson (pictured right) evaluated their school’s commitment to planetary health and measured improvements across five areas:

1) planetary health curriculum
2) interdisciplinary research in health and the environment
3) community outreach centered on environmental health impact
4) university support for student planetary health initiatives
5) campus sustainability

The students evaluated and graded their school through comprehensive methods, including a review of online resources and published UCSF Office of Sustainability reports, interviews of staff and faculty, analysis of course materials, and more. Together, the pieces provided a wide-ranging view of strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

Areas of Improvement

Mattson believes that the plateaued grade reflects the significant ongoing work that many faculty, students, and staff have done on planetary health issues. However, he emphasizes that there is still a need to make medical training and campus sustainability initiatives reflect the urgency of the time in which we live.

Reviewing the outcome of the report card, the students recommend focusing on planetary health curricular integration. While they acknowledge that there is some integration, the research shows that out of hundreds of testable learning objectives, only two are associated with climate health.

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