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ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT FY 2018-19

InfographicCELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF SUSTAINABILITY ACTION

UCSF, the leading health sciences university in the nation, is celebrating 10 years of sustainability action with the release of this 10th Annual Sustainability Report. UCSF has top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational, and population sciences; a preeminent biomedical research enterprise; and an award-winning medical center.

From catalyzing University of California’s (UC’s) divestment from fossil fuels to installing four new solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to achieving the lowest single occupancy vehicle (SOV) rate for employees in the UC system, FY 2018-19 (FY19) was another year of climate and sustainability action. This online Sustainability Annual Report details UCSF Campus’ (Parnassus, Mission Bay, Mission Center, Mt. Zion, and other locations) and UCSF Health’s (UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, and various clinics) key accomplishments for FY19. While this report focuses on FY19, it also highlights our cumulative progress; for detailed data on overall trends, please go to the Sustainability Dashboard.

For an infographic that highlights UCSF’s top sustainability achievements over the past 10 years, click HERE.

Organization of Report
This report includes a summary of the key achievements over the past fiscal year for the following categories:
• Sustainability Leadership
• Climate Change
• Water
• Zero Waste
• Procurement
• Sustainable Food
• Toxics Reduction
• Culture Shift
• Sustainable Operations/Green Labs
• Green Building

SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

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Cumulatively, over the past 10 years, UCSF has received 19 sustainability leadership awards from Practice Greenhealth, Becker’s Hospital Review, Best Workplace for Commuters, and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). For the fifth year in a row, UCSF Health was recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 68 of the Greenest Hospitals in America.

UCSF spearheaded the first step in UC’s fossil fuels divestment process, which culminated in a major success in September 2019 when UC announced it would divest its $13.4 billion endowment and $70 billion pension fund from fossil fuels. It all began when the UCSF Academic Senate passed a Memorial to the UC Regents urging UC to divest its endowment portfolio of all investments in companies on the Carbon Underground 200 list, those that are the largest owners of carbon reserves. A Memorial is a rarely used mechanism in UC’s shared governance structure that allows the Academic Senate a direct voice to the UC Regents. UCSF’s Academic Senate approved the Memorial by 78.8%, with 302 total votes. UCSF’s academic leadership led to similar processes across all 10 UC campuses, ultimately leading to the full divestment decision.

Other accomplishments included:

  • UCSF Health was named among the nation’s premier medical institutions for the 19th consecutive year, ranking as the seventh best hospital in the country and the second best hospital in California in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings.
  • In FY19 UCSF demonstrated leadership in the health care community by taking action to address climate change. UCSF was represented at the Global Climate Action Summit September 12-14, a three-day event organized by California Gov. Jerry Brown that aimed to build support for even deeper commitments to addressing the climate crisis. Most significantly, UCSF also hosted an affiliated pre-conference workshop, the Global Climate and Health Forum, with over 250 leaders from around the world, generating momentum and commitments for action on climate and health.
  • UCSF Health won 1st place in the 2019 Cool Campus Challenge by demonstrating their everyday commitment to sustainability. Cool Campus Challenge participation increased 5 times from 2015 to 2019.
  • UCSF committed to the following climate action campaigns:
  • - UCSF Health signed on to the We Are Still In campaign, whose signatories pledge to uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement and which intends to strengthen the message to the world that the United States is committed to the Paris Agreement.
    - UCSF Health took part in the Health Care Climate Challenge, which represents the interests of more than 17,000 hospitals and health centers.
    - UCSF represented UC Health as a new member of the Health Care Climate Council, which consists of 18 of the largest health systems in the US, with the purpose of setting and tracking environmental goals and sharing best practices to accelerate the collective progress toward climate-smart health care.
    - UCSF Health joined Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Sutter Health to form the California Health Care Climate Alliance to drive stronger commitments from California’s health care sector and to work with policymakers to support the state’s climate goals.

CLIMATE CHANGE
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Fresno School of Medicine Photo Credit:  Robert Hood

Goal:  To achieve 1990 level emission by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2025.

UCSF has developed a strategy to meet the University of California goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. Its Climate Action Plan (CAP), an update of the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy, articulates the key greenhouse gas reduction strategies for reducing UCSF’s carbon footprint. The majority of UCSF’s footprint comes from natural gas (61%), air/car travel (14%), and commute (14%). UCSF’s climate neutrality solutions include: high-performance new buildings, energy efficiency, renovations, on-site solar, UCOP’s wholesale power program, electric buses, and offsets (AB 32 and voluntary).
A key challenge is how to continue to make progress on the carbon neutrality goal in the midst of significant growth—six new buildings are expected to open by 2020. Reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 continues to keep Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Director, tossing and turning at night, but she is hopeful. “I’m hopeful that a combination of new science-based solutions, raised awareness by students of the connection between climate change and health, and UC’s overall commitment to sustainability will help University of California lead the way to a cleaner, healthier future,” exclaimed Lee.

One key achievement for FY19 was completing additional major solar photo-voltaic (PV) installation projects at four sites: UCSF Fresno, Oyster Point, Mission Bay Hospital Garage, and Mission Hall. Cumulatively, with the previously completed solar PV projects (Third Street Garage, Genentech Hall, Aldea Community Center), these seven installations will save over 2.3 million kWh annually. 

Other achievements included:

  • UCSF participated in Bike to Work Day, with energizing stations at both Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses.
  • UCSF launched 15 all-electric, zero emissions transit buses in late 2018. This conversion from diesel vehicles to all-electric reduced air pollution along UCSF’s routes, improving air quality for UCSF’s community. The new battery-powered electric transit buses will eliminate 60 metric tons of CO2/yr. The conversion also achieved a 25% increase in capacity (up to 40 passengers), resulting in reduced passenger wait times.
  • In CY19, 18 UCSF community members signed up on the SunShares website and two have signed contracts to install solar systems, totaling 7.4 kilowatts (kW). Since starting the program in 2013, UCSF has engaged 181 UCSF faculty, staff, and students, who installed solar systems at home for a total of 146.07 kW.
  • UCOP provides stipends for students to work on Climate Neutrality Initiative (CNI) projects that support the climate neutrality goal. Four CNI stipends were awarded to UCSF students for FY19: two dental students, one pharmacy student, and a general surgery resident.
  • UCSF Health applied for and received $80K in funding from the UC Office of the President for an MRI energy use study.
  • UCSF’s Housing Facilities implemented LED lighting improvements at Aldea San Miguel, as well as at 5th Avenue Housing, achieving major energy savings.
  • UCSF completed building-wide Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects, which save energy by changing building controls to optimize ventilation, heating, and cooling. MBCx projects have been completed in Byers Hall, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Rutter Center, and Hellen Diller, for a total savings of 2,061,971 kWh and $384,732 in utility costs annually.
  • CY18 greenhouse gas emissions for Scope 1 and 2 dropped to 91,000 MTCO2e, a decrease of 5% from the prior year.

Trends:

  • UCSF has reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 24% (from a peak of 199,000 MTCO2e in CY10 to 91,000 MTCO2e in CY18), despite doubling in square footage.  This is attributed to a continuous focus on energy efficiency retrofits, behavior change campaigns, utilization of UCOP’s wholesale power program, and purchasing grid electricity from cleaner sources.
  • Since 2010, UCSF has purchased 60 alternative-fuel / hybrid vehicles.
  • UCSF has seen a consistent decrease in the overall UCSF commuter SOV rate from 48% in 1991 to 24.4% in 2019 (the lowest SOV rate for employees in the UC system). This is great news, since 14% of UCSF’s carbon footprint is created by commuter travel.

WATER
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Photo source: istock

Goal:  To reduce water use by 36% from baseline by 2025.

In FY19, UCSF Campus continued to decline in total water consumption. UCSF’s goal has been reached and exceeded, with a 50.7% reduction from baseline per weighted campus user (WCU) in FY19, up from 49.1% in FY18. The reduction can be attributed to the increased water efficiency at Parnassus Central Utility Plant and the improved recovery of water to the cooling tower, which has decreased the amount of water needed for cooling. UCSF Health reached a 26% reduction in FY19 from baseline per adjusted patient days (APD). The Parnassus plant increased water recovery from reverse osmosis (RO) reject water, which is used for cooling tower make-up. A storage tank was added to the system, which enables collection of the RO reject overnight for daytime usage. This measure is estimated to save about 1.5 million gallons per year.

Trend: UCSF Campus’ water use has steadily declined, from a peak of 253,369,000 gallons in FY10 to 150,357,704 in FY19—a 41% reduction. UCSF Health’s water use has also steadily declined from 417.8 gallons per APD in FY10 to 280 in FY19, a 26% reduction from the baseline (an average of FY06, 07, and 08).

ZERO WASTE

CNI fellows, school of dentistry
Image Source:  CNI fellows, School of Dentistry

Goal:  To achieve zero waste by 2020. 

Waste reduction on campus was focused on several major goals: work towards a cleaner waste stream, continue successful waste collection programs, and develop better recycling of lab waste. The goal of achieving a cleaner waste stream was partially met, particularly for the compost stream. This is the result of efforts to provide clear signage and waste trainings, as well as making compost a standardized waste option on campus. Programs such as e-waste collection days have continued to grow in popularity, along with the Equipment Reuse Program (formerly “Adopt a Monitor”). The goal of reaching an 80% threshold on waste diversion was not met this year due to staffing shortages, but UCSF Facilities anticipates reaching this goal once it is fully staffed and able to run its programs more successfully.

Key accomplishments included:

  • Reached a diversion rate of 78% in FY19 for UCSF Campus (excludes construction and demolition (C&D) waste).
  • Upgraded waste containers at several campus housing locations, including a waste sorting kiosk in Rutter, making correct sorting of waste easier for residents.
  • UCSF’s Housing Services made renovations at Aldea San Miguel that avoided producing waste and saved resources.

Trend: UCSF campus has achieved a steady increase in its diversion rate through reuse, recycling, and composting. The diversion rate has increased from 44% in FY08 to 78% in FY19 (medical center and C&D waste not included).

UCSF Health

  • UCSF Health achieved a diversion rate of 38% in FY19, up from 35% in FY18 (not including C&D). In CY18, 89% of C&D debris was recycled.
  • Through composting 673 tons of food waste was diverted from the landfill in FY19.
  • Reprocessing of over 88,000 pounds of single-use medical devices (Stryker, Hygia, Masimo, Sterilmed, Medline) saved UCSF over $2M.
  • UCSF Health donated 14,440 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to MedShare to be repurposed at clinics/hospitals in need worldwide, a 66% increase from FY18.
  • Received an $85,000 grant from the City and County of San Francisco for 2018-2020 to reduce waste in the perioperative area of Moffitt/Long Hospital to increase recycling.
  • UCSF Health continued to use Copia to share excess food with needy organizations.

Trend: UCSF Health’s diversion rate has decreased from 48% in FY14 to 38% in FY19. Starting Spring of 2019, significant efforts have gone into improving waste sorting at UCSF Health, including training, deployment of additional signage and recycling bins, and performing internal waste audits.  To date, UCSF Health has donated approximately 90,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to MedShare. In addition, to date, 1,068 pounds of supplies have been re-distributed from MedShare back to UCSF staff and students for use in medical-service trips around the world.

PROCUREMENT
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Goal: To incorporate economically viable and environmentally preferable best practices in purchasing.
UCSF updated its Energy Conservation Policy in October 2018, which now requires that all appliances and office equipment purchased with University funds be ENERGY STAR when available.
Labs were encouraged to replace old, energy-hogging, ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers with new, energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR certified freezers by offering them up to $5,000 in rebates. Approximately 86 ENERGY STAR ULT freezers received one or more qualifying rebates in FY15-19.

As of April 2019, available rebates include:
• $4,500 for the replacement rebate;
• $2,000 for a new purchase; and
• $500 for any new OR old freezer set to -70C instead of -80C.

Other achievements included:

  • Procurement beta-tested the Fusion freezer, which uses Liquid nitrogen (LN) vapor storage and has a 99% efficiency rate requiring a single charge of LN versus conventional LN freezers, which require regular refilling. This could result in savings of $3,200 annually in LN purchases. The Fusion freezer can also hold its temperature for up to 18 days in the event of a power outage. Two labs purchased fusion freezers.
  • All copy paper at UCSF Health is 100% PCW paper and costs less than 30% PCW. On campus, almost all offices and labs now use 100% PCW copy paper.  The Print Management Program provides multifunction ENERGY STAR printers, TreeFree paper, and recycled toner cartridges.
  • At both UCSF Campus and UCSF Health, all multifunction printers are ENERGY STAR and use 100% PCW paper or TreeFree.
  • All new laptops, desktop computers, and printers are EPEAT and ENERGY STAR.
  • All cleaning supplies are Green Seal certified where available.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD
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Source:  UCSF Brand Library

Goal:  To purchase 20% sustainable food by 2020.
Campus Life Services (CLS) Retail works with its vendors to: source local and sustainable products, save water and energy, reduce waste, and educate the UCSF community about green living practices.

In FY19, UCSF continued to do its part to contribute to the shift to sustainable food production and consumption by making sustainable food purchases, offering sustainable and healthy food options, serving less meat, hosting farmers’ markets, and tackling food waste. A key accomplishment was UCSF Health signing on to the World Resources Institute’s Cool Food Pledge, which asks signatories to pledge to “provide delicious food that is better for the planet” and commit to a collective target of reducing the GHG emissions associated with the food they provide by 25 percent by 2030 relative to 2015. To do this, signatories develop a plan for serving more plant-based, climate-friendly food and track the climate impact of the food they serve.

Other accomplishments included:

  • CLS Retail achieved a total spend on sustainable food of 56% (up from 45% last year) and UCSF Health achieved 27% (up from 24% last year). The definition of sustainable food is on page 30 of the UCOP Sustainable Practices.
  • UCSF Health worked to reduce the amount of meat and poultry purchased for cafeteria/retail and patient food service. There was a 16.7% reduction in meat and poultry purchases from CY17 to CY18 along with a 10.5% decrease in the GHG emissions associated with those purchases.
  • The Student Food Market continued to address food insecurity at UCSF by providing free food to students at a weekly market on the Parnassus campus.
  • CLS Retail and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association continued to offer healthy, local food choices to the UCSF community by hosting a weekly farmers’ market at Parnassus and Mission Bay. In addition, the farmers’ market supports CalFresh participants. Mission Bay discontinued the farmers market in FY20, but it will continue at the Chase promenade on Sundays.
  • Nine departments committed to go beef and lamb-free.

Trend: UCSF CLS Retail has made steady progress in increasing the total spend on sustainable food on campus, from 17% in FY14 to 56% in FY19, as self-reported by the CLS Retail food tracking tool.  UCSF Health also has achieved a steady increase, from 10% in FY10 to 27% in FY18.

TOXICS REDUCTION

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Image Source:  Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact

Goal:  To incorporate best practices in reducing the use of Chemicals of Concern for human health, excluding those managed by Environmental Health and Safety, in operations and activities at UCSF facilities.

A key accomplishment in FY19 was the launch of an exciting addition to the UCSF Industry Documents Library’s collection, the Poison Papers, which expose the problematic relationship between the chemical industry and federal regulatory agencies that has served to conceal the dangers of certain chemicals on the market to human health and the environment. UCSF hosted a well-attended event and panel discussion to introduce the collection and explore with the public what can be learned from these documents.

Other key achievements included:

  • From FY18 to FY19, UCSF Health increased the total regulated medical waste (RMW) it produced by 16 tons. However, the RWM per APD went down from 3.56 to 3.35.
  • The Toxics Reduction Workgroup purchased two scanner devices to enable logging of hazardous materials inventory. The devices will be used at UCSF Health areas whose inventory is known historically to be higher in hazardous materials, including the Morgue, Pathology Labs, Chemistry within the Clinical Labs, Orthopedic groups, Facilities, and Hospitality.
  • UCSF Health Pharmacy and the Office of Sustainability continued to work with pharmacists at Walgreens-Mission Bay to install a Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk at that location like the one that is in operation at Walgreens-Parnassus.
  • UCSF continued its partnership with One Workplace to enable the UCSF community to purchase office furniture that incorporates sustainability. One Workplace is under contract with UCSF to offer competitive pricing for furnishings free of Red List chemicals.
  • UCSF continued to take a leadership role in pushing the science to protect both children and the community from exposure to toxics and unregulated chemicals. In FY19, as part of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment’s (PRHE’s) work to improve the scientific basis of decision making, it published three articles of interest:

1. Environmental Health, “Environmental pollution and social factors as contributors to preterm birth in Fresno County,” 2018 August 29. DOI: doi.org/10.1186/s12940-018-0414-x. View in PubMed or read it here.

2. Environmental Research, “Prenatal exposure to air pollution, maternal diabetes and preterm birth,” 2019 March. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.12.031. Read it here.

3. Reproductive Toxicology, “Heightened susceptibility: A review of how pregnancy and chemical exposures influence maternal health,” May 2, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2019.04.004. View in PubMed or read it here.

CULTURE SHIFT

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Image Source: UCSF Office of Sustainability

Goal: Increase engagement of the UCSF community to act more sustainably.

UCSF continues to move the needle on integrating sustainable practices into its culture. Achievements included:

  • UCSF integrated environmental health, climate change, and sustainability into its curriculum for medical students.
  • UCSF took part in the Cool Campus Challenge, a friendly competition between all UC campuses, UC Health systems, and the Office of the President (UCOP) that educates and motivates the UC community to take simple energy-saving, waste-reducing, and sustainably-focused actions to lower its carbon footprint. UCSF Health took first place amongst the five UC Health systems.
  • UCSF held a successful 9th Annual Sustainability Awards ceremony. UCSF faculty, students, and staff members were recognized for their efforts in supporting and advocating for sustainability measures.

Trends

  • Over the past 10 years, 45 sustainability awards have been presented.
  • In FY19, 36 spaces achieved certification. The following offices, labs, units, and event planners were acknowledged for gaining certification. Since UCSF started the program six years ago, a total of 188 (including FY19) offices, labs, clinics/units, and event planners have been certified by the UCSF Office of Sustainability LivingGreen certification program. The program aims to reduce energy use, water use, and waste consumption within university workspaces.
  • Over the past 10 years, more than 100,000 of people engaged (attended events, signed up for listserve, Website, Social Media).

LivingGreen Office Certifications

  • Platinum: Deans Office, UCSF School of Pharmacy, Medical Sciences Building
  • Gold: Controllers Office, Mission Center Building and Office for Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine
  • Silver: HR Dept at Laurel Heights 385; Administration Office, Dept of Pediatrics at ZSFG; and IT Service Management Group, Mission Center Building
  • Bronze: HR Dept at Laurel Heights 325; HR Dept at Mission Center Building; CANDO Center, School of Dentistry/PRDS; Finance & Administrative Services, Mission Center Building 320/306; Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG; and Faculty Practice Revenue Management Operations, Medical Center

LivingGreen Lab Certifications

  • Platinum: Shuvo Roy Lab, Dept of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, School of Pharmacy
  • Gold: Wells/ Arkin Lab, Dept of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Okada Lab, Dept of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine
  • Silver: Schoichet Lab, Dept of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy
  • Bronze: Walter Lab, Dept of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine; Krummel Lab, Dept of Pathology; and Eyquem Lab, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Clinics/Units

  • Platinum: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Benioff Children’s Hospital
  • Gold: Antenatal Testing Center, Women’s Health Center, Mission Bay
  • Bronze: Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Parnassus

LivingGreen Event Planner Certifications

Event planners were recognized for a third year, and interest grew in learning to host zero waste and sustainable food events. Using compostable products at events is a focus because of the benefits of sending waste to the compost instead of the landfill, such as reducing landfill waste that produces methane emissions and compost’s ability to make soil healthier and help it sequester carbon. Efforts such as these help UCSF reduce its impact on the environment and move toward meeting UC sustainability goals. The following event planners were certified in FY19:

  • Gold: Nancy Mutnick, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Dorian Hollis, CANDO Center, Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences; and Lisa Ann Accardi, CMP Gladstone Institutes
  • Silver: Erin Caufield, Dept of OBGYN & Reproductive Sciences; Michelle Hamilton, Dept of Family Health Care Nursing; Hira Safdar, Campus Life Services; John Hamiga, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies; Jack Whiteford, Dept of Medicine; and Connie D’Aura, Office Coordinator, UCSF Health
  • Bronze: Tiffany Criger, Dept of Cell & Tissue Biology and Ceecee Shinn, Conference & Events Services


SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS/GREEN LABS

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Image Source:  UCSF Office of Sustainability

Goal: To develop sustainable practices in the maintenance and operation of UCSF facilities.

UCSF has over 2.6 million gross square feet of buildings focused on research. These labs are developing life-saving cures to some of the most challenging diseases and debilitating injuries, but the electricity that powers this life-saving research has a shadow side—a carbon footprint.

Achievements and trends included:

  • The 2018 Fall Adopt-A-Spot campaign enrolled 41 participants and 81 pieces of equipment, saving UCSF an estimated 27,000 kWh over a six-week period.  Assuming that lab members formed a habit of powering down their adopted spots, the 2018 campaign will yield over $42,000 in energy savings annually.
  • Approximately 86 ENERGY STAR ULT freezers were purchased from FY15-19.  The program helps labs to replace old, energy hogging freezers with new, energy efficient ones.


GREEN BUILDING

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Image Source: Noah Berger, Precision Cancer Medicine Building

Goal:  All new construction must be certified LEED-NC Silver or better.

FY19 continued to be busy for UCSF in regards to green building, with five new buildings being constructed and four existing building being renovated. These are listed below along with their LEED certification levels.

New Construction (1,575,990 gross square feet (GSF))

  • Weil Neurosciences (B23A): Pending, new construction (BD+C), Silver
  • UCSF Center for Vision Neurosciences (B33): Pending, BD+C, Silver
  • Precision Cancer Medicine Building (PCMB): Pending, BD+C, Gold
  • Minnesota Street housing (UCSF 590/600 Minnesota Street Housing): Pending, BD+C, Gold
  • 2130 Third Street: Pending, BD+C, Gold

Commercial Interiors/Existing Buildings (131,371 GSF)

  • UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus ACC5 Heart & Vascular Remodel: Commercial Interiors (CI), approved LEED Certified (under appeal). Registered with Green Building Certification Institute.
  • UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus ACC2 Spine Center Remodel: Pending, CI
  • UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus ACC7 Connie Frank Transplant Center Remodel: Pending, CI
  • Clinical Sciences Building (CSB Seismic Retrofit and Renovation): 2020, CI

These buildings will incorporate sustainability features including:

  • High-performance glass to reduce solar heat gain to minimize peak heat loads;
  • Higher air exchanges and use of 100% filtered outside air;
  • PVC-free wall protection/handrails, vinyl flooring, and upholstery;
  • All LED lighting and occupancy sensors to maximize energy savings;
  • Photo sensors for daylight-controlled lighting in perimeter spaces;
  • Low-flow water fixtures;
  • Permanent entryway mat, to capture dirt and particles;
  • Red List incorporated into furnishings; and
  • Necessary infrastructure so solar panels can be installed on the roof in the future.

Additional green building achievements included:

  • UCSF initiated construction on its newest, all-electric housing community, The Tidelands, which is near the Mission Bay Hospital. Targeting LEED Gold certification, it is UCSF’s first all-electric, gas-free, low-carbon housing project.
  • UCSF’s LEED Gold certified Smith Cardiovascular Research Building was featured at the USGBC’s annual conference, GreenerBuilder, allowing participants to experience a LEED Gold research building designed to promote impactful scientific discovery while lessening its burdens on the environment. 

Trend: UCSF has made significant progress on increasing the total number of buildings that are LEED certified. In 2005, only one building was certified. As of the end of FY19, a total of 22 buildings were certified: five at a rating level of LEED Certified, seven at a rating of LEED Silver Certification, and ten at a rating of LEED Gold Certification. Since 2005, 2,068,320 GSF of new buildings have been built and 316,219 GSF of improvements to existing buildings.

SUMMARY OF NEW GREEN BUILDINGS SINCE 2005

Project, Rating system, Certification level
UCSF HSW Dentistry Lab (2005), CI, Certified
UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building (2009) BD+C, Certified
UCSF Rock Hall (2009), EBOM, Silver
UCSF 654 Minnesota (2009), CI, Certified
UCSF Campus Data Center (2009), CI, Silver
UCSF HSE 15 S/D Craniofacial & Mesenchymal Biology Program Lab Renovation (2010), CI, Gold
UCSF Osher Building (2011), BD+C, Silver
UCSF Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2011), BD+C, Gold
UCSF Production Facility (Pharmaceutical Packaging Facility (2011), CI, Gold
UCSF Cardiovascular Research Building (2012), BD+C, Gold
UCSF HSE 5 Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration (2012), CI, Gold
UCSF Telemedicine and PRIME-US Educational Facilities (2012), CI, Gold
UCSF Aldea Center on Mount Sutro (2013), BD+C, Gold
UCSF MSB S1372 Anatomy Department Renovation (2013), CI, Silver
UCSF MSB 13 S1320 Anatomy Laboratory (2014), CI, Silver
UCSF Sandler Neuroscience Center, BD+C, Gold
Mission Hall- Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building, BD+C, Silver
UCSF School of Nursing (2015), EBOM, Certified
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay (Gateway Building, Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital and Bakar Cancer Center, and Benioff Children’s Hospital) (2015), BD+C, Gold
UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus ACC4 Hematology/Oncology Remodel (2016), CI, Silver
UCSF HSIR Program 7&8 (2017) CI Gold
UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus ACC5 Heart & Vascular Remodel (2019), CI, Certified (under appeal)