UCSF Sustainability Stories
Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, April 2013
Two San Francisco Resources for Saving Energy and $
Did you know that the typical flume hood used in a lab consumes as much energy as three houses on a yearly basis? A typical ultra-low temperature freezer consumes as much energy as one typical household annually? These fun facts are brought to you by the people at What’s Your Watt, a new program that lets people borrow metering devices so that they can figure out what their biggest energy hogs are.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), What’s Your Watt is a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks program, the Department of the Environment (SF Environment), and the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). Wells Fargo presented the idea for the program and a seed grant to purchase meters, which are now available for check out at all 28 San Francisco public libraries.
Borrowers may take the devices home or to the office/lab to determine wattage, associated costs and C02 emissions information for all electrical appliances, including computers, refrigerators and hair dryers. UCSF faculty, staff and students are encouraged to utilize the program to better understand where they can save energy at home, the office or lab.
Where to Get a Watt Meter
To check current availability click here or contact one of these libraries. See the Department of Environment for more details.
BERNAL HEIGHTS BRANCH
EUREKA VALLEY BRANCH
EXCELSIOR - Adult
GLEN PARK BRANCH
GOLDEN GATE VALLEY BRANCH
MISSION BAY BRANCH
NOE VALLEY BRANCH
NORTH BEACH BRANCH
OCEAN VIEW BRANCH
VISITACION VALLEY BRANCH
WEST PORTAL BRANCH
WESTERN ADDITION BRANCH
BOOKMOBILE - Adult
MAIN - 5th Floor, Stegner Center Circ.
MAIN, 4th Floor
Another resource to check out is the San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks, dedicated to helping the City go green. This new, citywide program highlights environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system.
The Library strives to give users the inspiration and information for living a greener life, including enlightening public events, reading lists and resources for sustainability, and real-world examples from practices in our own eco-friendly libraries.
Green Stacks is a partnership of San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and is created in conjunction with the Library’s Wallace Stegner Environmental Center.