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Off the Hood: A Voluntary Fume Hood Shutdown

There is an opportunity for your lab to take climate action during COVID-19. The Office of Sustainability, Facilities Services, and the Office of Environment, Health, and Safety are working together to save energy during reduced lab density. We are seeking our community’s help in identifying underutilized fume hoods that can be shut down through July 1, 2021 or beyond. 


  • Each chemical fume hood is circulating air 24/7 and uses as much energy as 3.5 homes
  • Shutting down 50% of fume hoods over 6 months saves $266k in energy costs
  • Help UCSF protect research and education
  • Save energy and reduce carbon emissions

How to sign up

  • Identify fume hoods that can be shut down until lab density returns to 100% (or even longer!). Consider asking your lab neighbors to consolidate and use fewer fume hoods.
  • Email your Building, Room, Fume Hood certification tag ID to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We will do a “background check” on your fume hood properties.
  • Ensure all chemicals and equipment have been removed from the fume hood prior to shutoff. Follow EH&S guidelines for proper storage and disposal of chemicals.
  • Sustainability will coordinate with EH&S and Facilities to schedule the safe shutdown of your fume hood
  • See below for list of eligible locations and this MOU for full terms of agreement.

How to restore fume hood

  • Request the restoration of your fume hood’s operation at any time by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • We will immediately notify Facilities Services to restore your fume hood’s air flow and EH&S to re-certify your fume hood
  • The restoration process will take ≤2 business days


  • $100 incentive will be awarded retroactively per participating fume hood. If a fume hood is shared by multiple labs, the $100 incentive will be divided according to the labs’ discretion.
  • Lab members who identify and volunteer a fume hood will receive a signup gift (mug, spork, or notebook)
  • All participating labs will receive recognition in our newsletter, website, and other campus communications

Eligible Research Buildings
Facilities Services identified the following fume hood locations as suitable candidates for shutdown:
Genentech Hall - select areas
Byers Hall
Cardiovascular Research Building (CVRB)
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building (Mission Bay)
Diller Cancer Research Building (Mount Zion) - select areas
Stem Cell Research Building - IRM
Health Sciences East/West - select areas

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thank you for taking advantage of this important opportunity to save energy, reduce air pollution, and protect public health!