UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, May 2011

Spotlight on Sustainability:  UCSF Faculty Sustainability Award Winner:  Dr. Tom Newman

Tom NewmanDr. Tom Newman was awarded the Sustainability Award in the faculty category at the recent LivingGreen Fair.  He has been a tireless sustainability champion at UCSF in the areas of global warming and sustainability. Dr. Newman has put his knowledge about climate change into action, going out on a limb to look at changes in behavior that would make UCSF “greener”.

He lobbied for the creation of the UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Task Force, served as its co-chair and helped draft the Academic Senate Report on Sustainability.  While chairing the Academic Senate Task Force on Sustainability, he presented with great clarity on the issue of sustainability to numerous groups at UCSF. 

In addition, Dr. Newman has been an active member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability since its creation. He critically reviewed the Sustainability Action Plan, participated in stakeholder workshops and was on the search committee for the Sustainability Manager, and has twice presented at the California Sustainability in Higher Education Conference.

His other many accomplishments include:

  • Founding and chairing the UCSF Department of Epidemiology Green Committee. This committee raised awareness about sustainability and led to changes in policies within the department.

  • Giving the keynote address at the 44th Annual UCSF Advances in Pediatrics: “What Every Pediatrician Needs to Know about Global Climate Change”.

  • Presenting at the 2011 UCSF Sustainability film and lecture series: “Global Climate Change and Health”.

  • Member of the National Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility and an active member of the S.F. Bay Area chapter Steering Committee and speaker’s bureau. He has also spoken at numerous hospitals about nuclear weapons, the ultimate threat to sustainability.
  • Chairing the “Every Trip to Hayward a Wanted Trip to Hayward” campaign of the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, which lobbied successfully for better signs on the approach to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

Dr. Newman has been providing outstanding service to the University as Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, with a very large set of teaching, research and clinical activities. Beyond this, he stands out for a truly remarkable level of commitment to civic participation and to the initiation of community change.

Photo by Susan Merrell
Story by Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact