UCSF Sustainability Stories

Spotlight on UCSF LivingGreen Champions:  Andrew Bird

BirdThis series is part of our effort to recognize the hard work of UCSF staff and students in our journey to sustainability.  Thank you for your efforts!  This first piece focuses on Andrew Bird, facilities projects team manager at UCSF Medical Center Facilities.  Prior to his current position, he worked with Real Estate Services.

“Andrew Bird was a very significant and key member of the staff at Real Estate Services. His enduring dedication to sustainability inspired and encouraged all within the department and outside of it to strive harder to be better individuals and responsible members of society and the fragile planet we live on,” stressed Victoria Fong, UCSF Director of Project Development.  “He served as a great promoter and champion for sustainability, both on an individual level as well as organizationally,” concluded Fong.

Bird is a great advocate and supporter of the sustainability program on campus. He served as the Real Estate Services representative on sustainability issues, recently participated in Earthfest and spearheaded an effort to incorporate sustainability into all leased sites throughout the City. 

OsherHe also helped to manage the building of the new LEED Silver Osher Building.  Bird explained, “As an architect I’m interested in how the built environment affects people.  One of the primary focuses of the green building movement is in how design can positively impact the lives of building occupants.  From increasing natural lighting, providing higher levels of fresh air, and using materials with low VOC content, new sustainable building practices are creating healthier places to work.”

When asked why he thinks sustainability is important for UCSF, Bird stressed the adage “as California goes, so goes the nation.”

“Considering that UC is a major player in California policy decisions, it’s reasonable to believe that our actions here at UCSF can ultimately set precedent for the nation as a whole,” replied Bird.

And he walks the talk, by walking to work or taking the shuttle. 

Bird acknowledges healthcare and research both have an extraordinary amount of regulated protocols and procedures, and that a high level of expertise with these processes will be required to implement innovative sustainable practices.  He would like to see his colleagues at UCSF analyze their individual job tasks and brainstorm on ideas for reducing workflow waste, while still maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.