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A message from UCSF Sustainability Director, Gail Lee

At UCSF, a focus on delivering the highest quality education and healthcare research is the top priority, and I believe our continued success will be linked to integrating sustainability into our facilities and how we operate.  As the UCSF Sustainability Director, it is my responsibility to define what sustainability means to UCSF, on campus as well as at the medical center.

For UCSF, sustainability is about protecting the health and safety of our people and the communities we impact.  It is about putting a spotlight on our own operations to save money, reduce waste, minimize our carbon footprint, be more efficient and conserve limited natural resources. It is also about providing our students, staff and visitors with public transportation options, local food, green healthy buildings and recycling and compost programs that allow us to tread more lightly on the earth.  Through the Office of Sustainability, we have created work groups to address each of the areas that we define as sustainability at UCSF:

  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Zero Waste
  • Water Conservation
  • Green Buildings
  • Sustainable Food
  • Toxics Reduction
  • Green Procurement
  • Culture Shift

All these efforts are communicated to the UCSF community through our Culture Shift work group.

Please contact me with your questions and concerns.
Gail Lee, REHS, MS, HEM 415-502-6315 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

In 2016, the Office of Sustainabiltity expanded it’s staff from one to four. 

Rowena Rowena Eng hails from New York City and has a MS in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara and a BS in Marine Sciences from Stony Brook University. Rowena is passionate about the link between public health and sustainability, and has spent 5 years conducting cancer and cardiac research in addition to one summer working on hospital sustainability initiatives. Having been a part of the TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project, Rowena is also well-grounded in higher education sustainability. She has experience with strategic environmental communication and corporate sustainability consulting, including her master’s thesis on developing a water management framework for General Electric. Outside of work, Rowena enjoys exploring the Bay Area, scuba diving, hosting board game nights with friends, and planning her next backpacking adventure. 

Our Current Fellows
In August 2017, we hired two full time Climate Corps Fellows to help with energy, water and waste reduction projects through June 2019. 

Isabel Jauregui graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is excited to be working with the sustainability team at UCSF. During her time here, she will be working on various energy and water efficiency projects in order to help meet the university’s zero waste and carbon neutrality goals. Her future plans include obtaining a master’s degree and continuing her work in the environmental field. Contact at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Carson has a BS in Civil Engineering from SFSU, which was focused in environmental and thermal-fluid coursework. He understands the vast implications of climate change and hopes to make an impact on water conservation strategies at UCSF, as well as continue energy efficiency projects and other efforts started by previous fellows. Carson hopes to continue his higher education, gain a Professional Engineer licence, and pursue a career in the environmental field.  Contact at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Past Fellows

Kailyn Klotz and Linda Fu, August 2017-June 2018
Linda has a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology from UC Merced, and is excited to start working in sustainability, climate change, and environmental awareness projects at UCSF. As the new Energy and Communication Outreach Fellow, Linda will be working on making laboratories more energy efficient, LivingGreen certifications, and expanding on past fellow projects. 

Kailyn Klotz has a degree in Business and Sustainability from Western Washington University, as well as a love for writing and making personal connections. She is happy to be working to combat climate change as UCSF’s Outreach and Communication fellow and will be working on campus conducting LivingGreen certifications, as well as various waste, water and energy reduction projects. Kali’s past experience includes, free-lance writing on relevant environmental topics and conducting social marketing campaigns with non-profits.

Geramye Teeter and Lujain Al-Saleh, August 2016 - June 2017
geramye Geramye has a BS from the University of Nevada in Nutritional Science, and is completing his Masters in Energy Management and Sustainability from Ipag Business School, Paris. Building on the contributions from previous fellows, Geramye will be working on energy efficiency projects related to laboratory energy consumption, conducting LivingGreen certification of campus laboratories, and assisting the overall strategy for decreasing waste, water, and energy consumption across the UCSF campus. 

lujain Lujain Al-Saleh holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis and is very excited to pursue her interests in climate change, public health, and environmental engagement at UCSF. As a Communications & Outreach Fellow, Lujain will work to advance campus waste, water, and energy reduction through a wide variety of projects ranging from the LivingGreen certification program in offices and clinics to ‘greening’ operating rooms and campus café menus.

We are large enough that small changes can make a big impact. If we each do our part, we can make a difference. By turning off lights and computers, by choosing to buy recycled paper and print double sided, by remembering to recycle and compost.  Change starts with a commitment. Join me in making a personal pledge to take action. 

Do your part ….for the future.

“We do so much to prepare our children for the future, but are we doing enough to prepare the future for our children?” - Larry Chalfan, Founder Zero Waste Alliance