Greening the Health System

Resource Library

This is a resource library for the UCSF and UCSFMC community to learn more about sustainable healthcare activities around the country. Visit often to view videos, attend webinars, listen to audio recordings, or find interesting links to stories across healthcare.

Patient Education Materials

Extreme Heat Brochure and Extreme Heat Poster

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment brochures
Food Matters
Work Matters
Pesticides Matter

Medication Disposal by Campus Location
Mission Bay
Parnassus Heights
Mt. Zion

For more information on proper disposal, visit the DEA website.

Leadership and Professional Development

Engaged Leadership Guide

Practice Green Health logo
Practice GreenHealth webinars are free to UCSF and UCSFMC faculty and staff and some offer CEUs.  To create an account for access, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) eTraining Series for High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings offered on demand to learn strategies to increase energy and water efficiency and optimize environmental management to meet compliance requirements of the guiding principles. 

Health Care without Harm’s Creating a Culture of Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals: The Value of Efficiency

Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals Hosted and developed by the American Hospital Association and other professional organizations. What you will find:  Talking points on green healthcare issues, how-to guides, tools, case studies and in-depth resource library. No log-in required.

A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity

Water and Energy Conservation

Why Less Water? Practice Greenhealth

Less Water Toolkit
The updated water resources are the result of months of research and expert collaborations, and Practice Greenhealth expects that our members will use this to direct and engage their facility managers, green team members and staff around Practice Greenhealth’s water reduction goals.

Search for energy efficient products on FEMP’s Energy Efficient Product Procurement page.

Toxics Reduction

The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit development by the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit was made possible from finding of the UCSF Advisory Committee on Sustainability. 

Green Science Policy Institute Six Classes of Chemicals to Avoid
Learn about where these chemicals can be found, how they can be avoided, and what alternatives might be available. Sign up for their newsletter.

Climate and Health Organizations

Health Care Without Harm partners with organizations around the world that share a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. It is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups.

Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment

Physicans for Social Responsibility

Practice GreenHealth is a nonprofit membership organization founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the healthcare community. UCSF is a member and staff have access to resources, including webinars offered to their members.

Healthier Hospital Initiative(HHI) is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector.

Healthy Food in Health Care program harnesses the purchasing power and expertise of the health care sector to advance the development of a sustainable food system. Sign up for their Healthy Food Email.

World Health Organization: Climate Change and Human Health Global health professionals join to voice their growing concerns around climate change and called for swift action to mitigate the human cost of a warming world.

The Healthy Energy Initiative is a global collaboration of health professionals, health organizations, and health researchers engaging in science-based advocacy for a move away from fossil fuel-based power generation—particularly coal—and toward clean, renewable, healthy energy options.

Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy

The Pew Charitable Trust Antibiotic Resistance Project

Videos about Green Healthcare

photo of panel for WhiteHouse video
An Obama Administration panel discussion was convened in July 2012 which featured industry representatives talking about the healthcare industry’s commitment to improving sustainability.

Greening America’s Hospitals Part 1    Greening America’s Hospitals Part 2

Dr. Jeff Thompson, CEO of Gundersen Lutheran Health System, presents the financial rewards of the commitment to sustainable energy. Recorded at the 2013 RENEW Energy Policy Summit.

Subscribe to Newsletters

The Green Policy Institute sends out regular newsletters on their work to improve regulation of fire retardants. 

The Spark, Monthly Newsletter of Healthier Hospitals Initiative.  Look for events and profiles of professionals from member hospitals.

Becker’s Hospital Review

UCSF Health Recognition Stories

UCSF Resident Dr. Nicole Jackman Presents at Climate Neutrality Conference
UCSF Gives Back: Benioff Children’s Hospital Donates Equipment to Harare Children’s Hospital
UCSF Green Champion - Yelena Libova, RN Wins UCSF Sustainability Award
UCSF Green Champion - Dr. Gina Solomon Wins UCSF Sustainability Award
UCSF Medical Center Wins Top 25 Award
Spotlight: UCSF OEM Fellow Latifat Apatira
Student Fellowship Provides Sustainable Food Solutions
Lisa Thompson Receives a Stars in Global Health Grant
The Story of Health:  UCSF Uses the Power of Storytelling to Promote Pediatric Environmental Health
Spotlight on UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award Winner:  Kim Klausner
Spotlight on UCSF 2014 Sustainability Award Winner:  Deborah Don
2014 UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Spotlight on Daniel Ciccarone
UCSF Exchanges Medical Waste Reduction Best Practices with Visiting Doctor from Kyrgyzstan
New Chancellor Encourages LivingGreen Certification
Medical Education Earns Seven Gold Certificates
Spotlight on Remedy at UCSF:  2013 Sustainability Team Award Winner
Spotlight on Jack Henderson:  2013 Sustainability Award Winner
Spotlight on Adele Dow:  2013 Sustainability Award Winner
USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson honors Dr. Jeanne Conry at UCSF Grand Rounds
UCSF’s Sukhjeet Sandhu Saves Loads of Energy
Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Lisa Hartmayer
A Conversation with Dr. Niraj Sehgal
Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Sandrijn van Schaik, MD
Spotlight on UCSF Sustainability Award Winner:  Eddie Book
Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  OR Reprocessing Team
Kudos to UCSF’s 2012 Sustainability Award Winners and LivingGreen Certified Offices
UCSF wins National Health Organization Award for Supporting Environmental Practices
Greening the OR at UCSF
Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions: Dr. Susan Ryan
Byron Lee, Champion of Reprocessing in the Electrophysiology Lab
Spotlight on Sustainability:  UCSF Faculty Sustainability Award Winner:  Dr. Tom Newman

Regulated Medical Waste

Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Wastewater Webinar Supplemental Materials US EPA

SF Department of the Environment Safe Medicine Disposal Locations

Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room

UCSF Today Sustainability Stories

Despite Bans, Toxic Flame Retardants Continue to Show Up in Pregnant Women’s Blood - Feb 5, 2018

Facts About UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay: Sustainability and Green Design - Aug 2010

UCSF Medical Center Receives Recognition for Environmentally Sustainable Practices - Jun 4, 2010

UCSF Rocks with First LEED Silver Status for Existing Building - Mar 22, 2010

UCSF Hires Sustainability Manager - Jan 26, 2010

UCSF Medical Center Recieves Rebates for Going Green - Aug 13, 2008

UCSF Continutes Progress in Sustainability Practices - Jan 22, 2008

UC Expands Policy on Sustainable Practices - Mar 27, 2007

UCSF Completes First LEED-Certified Laboratory Renovation - Jan 17, 2006