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Help UCSF Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025

UCSF is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Please help us reach this goal by either practicing the tips below or sharing information with co-workers. We encourage you to review and download the Carbon Neutrality Campaign posters and place them in your work areas to promote this effort.
We can compost more

Tips for Composting:

1. Learn about what can be composted according to your residential waste provider.
If Recology is your waste provider, learn about what can and can’t be composted in the green bin.
2. Learn about what can be composted at UCSF
3. Look into home composting
Starting your own home compost system is a way you can directly help sequester carbon from the atmosphere, as well as improve soil health in your garden.
4. Close the Loop
Support the local farms that use the compost we produce. Farmer’s markets are held year-round at Mission Bay and Parnassus
We can slow global warming

Tips for Low-Carbon Transportation:

1. Look into alternative methods of transportation
Campus Life Services provides a comprehensive guide on your options for getting to work.
2. Check out discounts on electric vehicles
UCSF offers community discounts on select electric vehicles and offers charging stations at many locations throughout campus.
3. Investigate resources for biking
UCSF offers free permits and access to bike cages in Mission Bay, Parnassus, and Mt. Zion, in addition to bike racks at all campus locations.
4. Take advantage of the UCSF Campus Shuttle
Traveling between campuses? Instead of driving, consider using the campus shuttles. About 80% of inter-campus trips are taken using the shuttles, and UCSF is working to expand its fleet of zero-emission and hybrid vehicles.
Choose Energy Star products

Tips for Using Less Power:

1. Switch to LED lights.
All UC students, staff, faculty, alumni, and retirees are eligible for discounted LED bulbs. Learn more at Million LED Challenge.
2. Replace your ultra-low temperature freezer with an Energy Star model.
Learn more about our Freezer Rebates Program for eligible UCSF labs.
3. Become a Green Lab
Labs consume significantly more energy per square foot than the average building. Get LivingGreen Lab Certified
4. Choose ENERGY STAR products
UCSF Policy requires all appliances purchased with University funds to be ENERGY STAR labeled, but it’s also a great choice for your home. ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality, and saving energy helps mitigate climate change. 
We can prevent wildfires

Tips for Reducing Carbon Emissions:

1.  Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use.
We offer free power strip and timer installations for offices, labs, and clinical units at UCSF. Simply email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request this service.
2.  Consider telecommuting, especially on high-traffic days
Visit our teleworking resources page to learn about getting free equipment for your home office, Zoom guides, and more. You can also read our 5 Tips for Successful Telecommuting.
3.  Encourage your department to go red meat-free
See here for a list of departments that have already pledged, as well as a template you can use for an open letter.
4. Host a Green Event or Meeting
From catering selections to communication materials, our LivingGreen Event Guide provides simple, easy tips for hosting a sustainable event.
5. Take advantage of solar discounts
UCSF participates in SunShares, a program that helps residents overcome challenges to using clean energy by pooling buying power to provide discounts on home solar systems and zero emission vehicles.

Learn More

UCSF’s Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) has a Climate Change Work Group, whose mission is to promote, encourage and report efforts to achieve carbon neutrality in the campus built and leased environment through energy efficiency and transportation programs.
Energy Star is Now UCSF Policy
UCSF Climate Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy 2017
Read our 2017-18 Sustainability Annual Report
UC Policy on Sustainable Practices