Get Involved

Links to ucsf events

There are many opportunities to get involved in sustainability activities on campus and in your community. Here are a few of those offerings:


RFI Information Sessions

Funding Opportunities for Climate Mitigation Projects

In support of UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the University is soliciting ideas from members of the UC community for off-campus projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sequester carbon. Under UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the UC system has committed to reducing its net GHGs from its operations to zero by 2025. Excellent progress has been made to make our buildings more efficient and switch to renewable and clean energy supplies. To help UC bring its emissions all the way down to zero, we are seeking two types of carbon offset projects.

April 18 in Mission Hall MH6500 from 3:00-4:30pm
April Parnassus Library CL221-222 fron 3:00-4:30 pm
Both will be videoconferenced via zoom 
More details here.

Open to everyone at UCSF! Earth Health: Sustainability in Health Care Seminars

Climate change affects health in numerous ways. For example, extreme weather events, rising temperatures, droughts, and wildfires can disrupt our food, air, water, and shelter leading to displacement, morbidity, and mortality. Understanding the connection between climate and health is essential for all health professionals. This elective features guest speakers that will focus on careers in climate health, sustainability at UCSF, environmental justice, and more.

Date: Wednesdays from 12-1 pm.
Location: 513 Parnassus Ave; S-214
Click here to download the syllabus.

Movie Screening
Join us on Wednesday, April 10 for the screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” in N-225 from 5:30-8pm and stay for a discussion. RSVP so we order enough food!”

Lunch and Learn: How to Host a Zero Waste Event

Are you interested in hosting your own zero-waste event? Bring your lunch and join the Office of Sustainability to learn how you can incorporate sustainabiliity into your events. Those who complete the training and take steps toward making their events more green will be recognized by Chancellor Hawgood at our Sustainability Award Ceremony in June.
More information here

Panel Discussion: Climate Change, Migration, and Human Health
Sponsored by the Human Health and Climate Change Student Group.
More information  -  RSVP  - Event Recording

Severe Wildfires: A Climate-Health Emergency (Dec 12, 2018)

Experts speak to and answer questions on the climate-health effects of the recent fires that affected California. The event was co-sponsored by the Human Health + Climate Change student group, and took place at Parnassus Medical Science Building S214. A recording is available here to view.

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (Oct 23-24, 2018)

We teamed up with UCSF Library to host two free screenings of the new HBO and Redford Center documentary, featured at the 2018 SF Green Film Festival. Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. The film was followed by an interactive panel discussion with UCSF Sustainability Director, UCSF Energy Analysts, and California Green Business representatives. See the panel discussion slides and resources guide.

Global Climate and Health Forum September 12, 2018
Video below is the entirely of the Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event held at UCSF. Speakers within UCSF and from around the world discuss climate change and health impacts, and actions that need to be taken to address this issue.

Invitation to webinar—Science and Decisions and Regulatory Risk Assessment

Recording available here

The UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment is pleased to invite you to a special webinar scheduled for Monday, May 22nd 2017 from 1:00-2:30PM ET, “Tutorial on NAS Report Science and Decisions: Implications for Regulatory Risk Assessment.” Learn how to make your scientific research and public comments to regulatory agencies more impactful from leaders in the field who will discuss the connection between key themes from the 2009 National Academies of Sciences (NAS) report “Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment” and timely regulatory debates and concepts that have profound impacts on public health.

Drs. Tom Burke, Mary Fox and Keeve Nachman from the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute will join Dr. Tracey Woodruff from the University of California, San Francisco to provide highlights of the risk assessment framework and future directions outlined by the NAS, discuss risk assessment methodology and its use in environmental policy-making at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and reflect on implications for regulatory policy- and decision-making.

Please join us for this 90-minute seminar, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Please use the following link to either register to the webinar or indicate your interest in receiving the recording and slides afterwards if you are unable to attend:

Climate Changes Health: The Breath and Heart of It All, May 22, 2017
This is the fourth webinar in the American Public Health Association’s 2017 Year of Climate Change and Health series. The webinar will highlight the lung and heart health impacts of air pollution exposure in a changing climate. Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, American Lung Association, Global Health Climate and Health Alliance, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, Planetary Health Alliance and US Climate and Health Alliance.

Bay Area Green Careers Conference, May 16, 2017
Join Energize Schools, San Francisco Bay Area professionals, and high-school students for the Bay Area’s first Green Careers Conference this May!

2017 Center for Occupational & Environmental Health (COEH) Lela Morris Symposium
The focus of the symposium is Particulate Matter (PM) exposure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes, including clinical and subclinical markers as well as mortality.

Join the April 29 Climate March
Interested in joining a small UC contingency in DC? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested.

March for Science, April 22, 2017
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested in joining a UCSF contingency at the March.

Green Film Fest, April 20-26, 2017
Join us for another week of new & compelling environmental films & filmmakers that spark green ideas. Explore our full line-up of over 70 films and more than 90 visiting filmmakers & guests.

Oakland EarthEXPO, April 6, 2017
EarthEXPO is an annual environmental fair hosted by the City of Oakland Public Works Department. The fair highlights transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, nature and community themes.

2017 Water Conservation Showcase, March 21, 2017
Since 2004, hundreds of advocates, researchers, business leaders, product manufacturers and government officials have gathered every year to address the most pressing water issues and challenges facing the state of California. Grab a ticket today for the showcase to learn more about scalable strategies and solutions to conserve one of Earth’s most precious resources.

Symposium: Going Public: The Risks & Responsibilities of Sharing your Impactful Science, Mar. 3, 2017
Join your colleagues to hear how UCSF-sponsored science is shared and supported in today’s climate. The 2 hour event, followed by a 30 minute reception, will be held at Oberndorf Auditorium at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Space is limited!  Register ASAP at

2017 Youth for the Environment & Sustainability (YES) Conference, Feb. 17, 2017
The YES Conference is a FUN, free-of-charge, annual event that brings together middle- and high-school students from the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) to discuss solutions to the climate change crisis. The conference aims to raise awareness of how our transportation choices affect our families, our communities, our air and our planet.

The Sustainability Academy webinars, February-May, 2017
The Sustainability Academy’s webinars provide participants in San Mateo County with a general knowledge and practical skills for conserving resources in your home and work and promoting sustainability in your communities.

Past Events

Sutro Stewards Plant Sale, Feb.11, 2017
Find the perfect California Native Plants for your yard. Sutro Stewards is clearing out their inventory last chance for plants at low prices!

The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond 2017, Feb. 10, 2017
This symposium brings together contributors from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to share information on the science and policy of harmful chemicals used in consumer products and building materials. Flame retardants, highly fluorinated, and other chemical classes of concern will be discussed.

2017 Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond, Feb.2-3, 2017
Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop with an optional second half-day gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct-22
Got old meds? Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash; they’re harmful to the environment. You can safely dispose of them at the San Bruno Police Station located at 1177 Huntington Ave, San Bruno. No needles will be accepted. If you can’t make it Saturday, don’t worry! A drop box in the lobby of the station is available 24/7. Read more here.

Informational webinar Tuesday Oct 11 from 12-1pm.  Learn about the benefits of the program and ask questions about the discounts.  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and put “UCSF webinar” in the subject heading to reserve your space.  They will email you with webinar details. Sign up today!  Space is limited!

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health:  A Four-Part Webinar Series
APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach.

  *  May 9 Making the Connection: Climate Changes Allergies and Asthma
  *  May 26Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children’s Health
  *  June 7Making the Connection: Changing Climate through Healthy Community Design and Transportation
  *  June 29Making the Connection: Climate Changes Mental Health

Don’t miss the start of the series! During this webinar, participants will discover how climate change conditions impact allergies and asthma.

. Learn more about Climate for Health

, and join health leaders from across the nation to lead by example and engage others on climate solutions.

Watch the video introduction from APHA’s Dr. Benjamin and ecoAmerica’s Bob Perkowitz:ecoAmerica webinar series video 320
One free CME, CPH, or CHES credit is available for this activity. Participants must register, attend the entire live webinar and complete the evaluation online to obtain a CE certificate. You will receive an email from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 48 hours after the webinar to complete your evaluation.

Recordings of APHA webinars are made available after the live event but do not offer CE credits. Register for webinars to receive notifications of recording availability.

This webinar was funded through a memorandum of understanding between the American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or ecoAmerica.

Air Pollution & Climate Change Symposium at UCSF Fresno for Medical Education & Research, April 23, 2016
The first annual Air Pollution & Climate Change Symposium will be taking place on April, 23, 2016 at the UCSF Fresno Center. The conference will present the following themes: state of air in the Central Valley of California; air pollution and its effects on obstructive airway diseases; climate change and its effect on air pollution; and medium- and long-term solutions to combat climate change and air pollution.

April 22-23, 2016 EARTHEALTH1 - Join student and working health professionals to understand the links to climate and heatlh. 

Dec 14-15 - The Center for Environmental Health and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is offering a FREE workshops on Environmental Health for Health Professionals. These SFand LA workshops explore the relationship between human health and our environment, including air (indoor and outdoor), energy, water, food, and products.

Nov 9-Dec 6 - University of Winconsin is offering a FREE Climate Change Policy and Public Health course through Coursera. Explore current evidence linking climate change and public health while learning the fundamental co-benefits of climate change mitigation. Evaluate policies and interventions while gaining hands on experience communicating climate science and health to policy makers and the general public.  Nov 9 - Dec 6.

September 26 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!  If you have a cabinet full of expired medications, now is the time to dispose of them safetly for the benefit of the entire community and the environment. Go to this link to find a location near you. Disposal opportunities are available all year long, but this day is to increase awareness of these programs.  If you live outside San Francisco,please contact your county health department for more information.

greening healthcare
Attend the Greening Healthcare workshop on July 23 at Mission Bay’s Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital auditorium.  Free CEUs for UCSF staff, lunch and tour with leading speakers in the industry:  Kathy Gerwig, Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente; Linda Rudolph, MD, Center for Climate Change and Health; Victoria Leonard, PhD, RN, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, UCSF; and Thomas Newman, MD, Pediatrician and Professor, Division of Clinical Epidemiology.  Topics include healthcare and the environment, climate change and health, environmental exposure for women and children, antibiotics and meat with break out sessions on reprocessing single use devices, reusable linens, green teams, sustainable food, waste reduction, anesthesia gases and Climate Change and tour of Mission Bay’s LEED-gold certified hospitals.  Go here to register. Deadline is July 6.  On-site registration is available from 8-8:30am July 23. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details. 

Don’t miss the 2015 LivingGreen Fair on May 14th from 11 am to 2 pm at Mission Bay, Rutter Center (1675 Owens Street Conference).  The LivingGreen Fair showcases sustainability efforts around the UCSF campus and highlights fun ways to live green. Free eco-friendly prizes.  Free e-waste recycling.  Free veggie lunches while supply lasts.  And for all UCSF employees and staff, a - free Bear Hug if you ride your bike to work on May 14th. 

Recycled Art Show at the LivingGreen Fair - May 14 11am to 2pm - Join us for a showing of recycled art from the UCSF community and sale of recycled art work. 

Beyond Skin Deep: Reducing Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Rock Hall, 102 Pottruck Auditorium 1550 - 4th Street

Free talk by Kim Harley, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH). Dr. Harley will share findings from The HERMOSA Study, a youth empowerment study of reducing Latina girls’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics.  Endocrine disruptors mimic, or block, or otherwise interfere with the hormones and can be found in make-up and other personal care products such as sunscreen, soaps and fragrance.

The Fifth Annual Better World Books drive will take place Thursday, May 14 through Friday, June 19.
Proceeds will go to the National Center for Families Learning.

Drop Boxes will be located at
•      Mission Bay FAMRI Library (Rutter Community Center, Room 150)
•      UCSF Library, Parnassus

Acceptable donation guidelines

Free E-Waste Recycling Event, March 11, 10am - 2pm, 6th fl foyer HSIR Towers for UCSF-owned electronics only.  Recycle your old electronics. We’ll take any working or non-working electronics, Equipment with UCSF Asset Tags must go through UCSF Surplus.E Waste Mar 11E-Waste_Flyer_-_March_11.pdf

Visit our LIvingGreen table at the “Living Well at UCSF” Wellness Expo, January 14, 2015 from 10am-2pm at the Millberry Union Event and Conference Center, Parnassus

Ongoing Get Certified!  LivingGreen office, clinic/unit, and laboratory certification assessments are available by appointment.  Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or go to this link.

Ongoing LivingGreen Event Certification.  Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or go to this link.

How Fracking Impacts Public Health with Sandra Steingraber, PhD
on Wednesday, July 23 from 5:30 to 7:30pm
at the San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco (The Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room)
This event is sponsored by Center for Environmental Health, Breast Cancer Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, the California Nurses Association, Americans Against Fracking, Californians Against Fracking and the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center.

Protecting Antibiotics Series: Purchasing: Success Stories and Strategies for Hospital Food Service - June 24, 10-12:30pm Registration link The third and last webinar in this series will focus on hospital meat purchasing, and how over 160 hospitals in Health Care Without Harm’s network across the nation are buying less meat and/or more sustainable meat. Dan Henroid, MS, RD, from UCSF Medical Center’s Nutrition and Food Services will describe the Medical Center’s efforts at finding and procuring meat that has not been produced with non-therapeutic antibiotics.

Health and Sustainability Summit May 29, from 10am - 2:30pm Jeffrey Thompson MD, CEO, Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, Linda Rudolph, MD, Public Health Institute, and Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MS Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment, location Mission Bay. Limited seating.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested.

Protecting Antibiotics Series: Clinical Advocacy around Antibiotics: From Resolutions to Policy Engagement May 27 from 11-12:30pm
Registration link The second webinar in our series will present tangible suggestions on how health professionals, particularly clinicians, can become involved in being stewards of antibiotics in food production. Having helped spearhead an antibiotic-free meat purchasing resolution at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, Thomas Newman, MD, a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics at UCSF and a National Board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will explain how such a process can be repeated at other medical institutions.

Be a Sustainable Citizen - May 27 - San Francisco to host free Zero Waste Workshop, The Zero Waste & Be a Sustainable Citizen class is free but registration is required (and space is limited).  Please RSVP with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling 415-355-3795.

Resource Savings in Labs: presented by Genentech May 15 12noon - 1pm- Spring Lunch for laboratory personnel at Alumni House. limited seating.  Contact.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested. 

“Toxic Hot Seat” film screening May 14 from 12noon – 2pm about a flame retardants, fire fighters, and health followed by discussion in Toland Hall, Stanton Glantz provides intro and discussion.

LivingGreen Fair/Bike to Work Day/Recycled Art Show May 8 from 11am - 2pm - Millberry Union Event & Meeting Center, 60+ vendors, organic tastings, prizes, Recycled Art Show, $5 veggie lunch, test drive an electric car and more!

“Farmacology: Total health from the ground up” May 7 from 12noon - 1pm- Daphne Miller, MD, UCSF faculty speaking on her book about the link between farming and health,  Rock Hall Auditorium. Book signing at the Mission Bay Farmers Market from 1-2 pm or live streaming on the day of the event.

UCSF Book Drive May 8-June 20 – Recycle or repurpose your serviceable books at the following libraries:  Parnassus – Kalmanovitz, Mt Zion - Fishbon, SFGH – Barnett-Briggs, or Rutter Ctr, Rm 150

The Risks of Breathing: Workplace and Environmental Threats to Lung Health, April 24, noon-1pm Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, presenting the Alice Hamilton Lecture at Medical Grand Rounds in HSW 300.

Protecting Antibiotics Series: Foundations: Emerging Science, Farm Practices, and Federal Policy April 22 from 11-12:30pm Registration link  With our first webinar, learn the foundational issues around antibiotics in animal agriculture - the latest policy and science, as well as how and why antibiotics may or may not need to be used in poultry and livestock production. Lance Price, PhD, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University is a researcher of antimicrobial resistance and will present cutting-edge science that demonstrates the link between antibiotic use in animal agriculture and antibiotic resistant infections in humans.

February 26th: I hope you can join us for a special screening of the award winning film Unacceptable Levels on February 26, from 6:30 – 9:00 at the Embarcadero Theater in San Francisco. This important film explores the role of toxic chemicals in the products we use, and their effects on our bodies.

February 20th - USGBC, The UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and UCGBC-NCC present a day long workshop “Challenges and Opportunities on Health, Materials and the Built Environment” with prominent national and regional speakers.  Register now and get more info on the registration page.

Wednesday, February 19
Ambassador Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $20 non-member, $12 members, $7 students

LIvingGreen at four Wellness Events! 
Parnassus - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 22, 2014 - the Wellness Expo will feature the return of the Know Your Numbers health testing program and a new section featuring the latest health and wellness apps and websites.Come to our exhibit hall and check out wellness-related exhibits and demos, talk to health experts and advisors, and enjoy a free healthy lunch!  Be there at noon for the keynote address by Darya Pino Rose, author of Foodist.

MCB - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 17, 2014 - Tour the new Mini Fitness Center, with free snacks and coffee/tea
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: MCB 1st floor lobby

Laurel Heights - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 16, 2014 - Laurel Heights Mini-Expo: live music, free snacks and coffee/tea, exhibits and vendor booths
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: Garden Room, 2nd floor

Mission Bay - LivingGreen will host a table here!
January 14, 2014 - Know your numbers!
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Location: Rutter Center Lobby

September 24, 2013 - You are invited to the following event: HOW GREEN IS THE EV: THE CLEAN ENERGY MIX & EV LIFE CYCLE
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Please Register by September 20, 2013 Attend Event

In Celebration of EV Week 2013, Please join Charge Across Town, PG&E, BC3 and The San Francisco Department of the Environment For a special reception and program
Speakers include PG&E and EV OEM Executives

Past Events

HealthCare Without Harm hosts two webinars on antibiotics in agriculture. UCSF’s Tom Newman, MD is featured in the webinar: Saving Antibiotics: A Clinical Perspective on Antibiotic Over in Agriculture on Thurs, May 16, 2013 from 10-11am PT .  The second webinar: Antibiotics & Agriculture:  Protecting Public Health With Your Purchasing Dollars will be Wed, May 22, 2013 10-11 PT.

Attend the LivingGreen Fair and the first annual Recycled/Reclaimed Art Showboth on May 9th in the Millberry Union Gym and Game Room respectively.

FREE SF Dump Artist in Residence Exhibition January 25th - January 26th, 2013 freaturing Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Exhibitions: Works by Michael Damm, Julia Goodman and Jeff Hantman

recycled art flyer December 10, 2012 - May 9, 2013 Calling all Artists!  Participate in the first annual Recycled/Reclaimed Art Show!  Create a unique piece of art that embraces your commitment to sustainability and reducing waste.  Submit the Recycled Art Show Application or Call 415-514-1614 for more information.

October 30, 2012 - “West Nile Virus,” Phillip J. Norris, M.D., Science for the Rest of Us, UCSF Parnassus, N721, noon-1pm, sponsored by the ABOG. History, prevention and treatment of West Nile Virus.

October 30-31, 2012 - Hear UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Envionment(PRHE) staff talk about our new environmental health research and connecting it to clinical care and policy at this year’s American Public Health Association Conference (APHA) held in San Francisco.

PRHE talks at APHA
Tuesday, October 30th—Research
Tracey Woodruff and Roy Gerona: New Biomonitoring Approaches Hear about a new method and results to greatly accelerate our ability to identify chemicals found in people using cutting edge approaches based on time-of-flight liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (TOF LC-MS).

Tuesday, October 30th—Policy
Marj Plumb will present on the success of Reach the Decision Makers Program (Reach) a program that trains clinicians, scientists and community members to promote reproductive health science at the USEPA. Two past fellows will also present on how they made a difference at USEPA during this session.

Wednesday, October 31st—Clinical Practice
Jessica Trowbridge will present the results of a mixed methods survey on OB/GYN beliefs and attitudes about addressing environmental health issues with their patients. She will also talk about PRHE’s current outreach and translation activities through the From Advancing Science to Ensuring Prevention (FASTEP) Alliance.

Other PRHE Staff presentations:
Patrice Sutton is presenting on the Impact of War on Women’s Health.
October 29th 4:48PM
Patrice is also moderating a round table discussion at the Peace Caucus on “The Role of Public Health Practitioners, Academics, and Advocates in Relation to Armed Conflict and War”
October 30th 4:30-6PM

food day

October 24, 2012 - UCSF is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day with a Food Day event at Moffitt Cafe from 11-1pm.  Learn why purchasing and supporting sustainable food makes a difference.  Come visit the LivingGreen table and learn about what UCSF is doing and what you can do about saving energy, water and sorting your waste.  Get a free stainless steel bottle just for signing up for the LivingGreen Office or Lab.  Find out more about Campus Sustainability Day

Campus Sustainability Day

Join the Celebration!
Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) is a day of focus - on what has been accomplished and what is needed to maintain momentum. Emphasis in 2012 is on connecting to new groups and allies on campus, highlighting student stories, connecting diverse planning efforts, and reaching out to external partners who can help you move toward success.

Read the exciting and inspiring History of Campus Sustainability Day
Tune in to the Keynote Broadcast (Oct 24, 11-1:30 PST) “Educating Students for a Changing Climate”
Join a Regional Conversation hosted by a CSD Supporting Organization
See list of events planned for Campus Sustainability Day 2012 and submit your own

October 17, 2012 - Visit our table at the Scientific Products Vendor Showcase at Mission Bay in the Courtyard outside Genentech Hall. We’ll share a table with the Lab Managers and take pledges, sign people up for the LivingGreen Lab certification and provide tips so that you can live green at UCSF.

October 12, 2012 - We’re hosting a table at Showcase@UCSF with all things IT.  We’ll be there from 9-4 pm. Come visit out table to see how you can save energy and reduce emissions by taking a few simple steps.  Sign up to get your office LivingGreen certified and get a free stainless steel water bottle! 

October 10, 2012 - Come to the Mission Bay Block Party from noon - 1:30pm see our five tables covering the LivingGreen at UCSF,  UCSF Procurement, Bright Ideas and the Recycling Team. Learn to sort your waste, buy green products, submit your suggestions on making UCSF better, and sign your office or lab up to be LivingGreen Certified.

September 24, 2012 - Join us at the New Student Orientation and Chancellor’s Reception to welcome new students at the Milberry Union gym.  Come for refreshments and learn about all the services offered to students.

September 19, 2012 - Visit our table at the Scientific Products Vendor Showcase at Saunders Court, Parnassus. We’ll share a table with the Lab Managers and take pledges, sign people up for the LivingGreen Lab certification and provide tips so that you can live green at UCSF.

August 22, 2012 - John us at the Lab Managers Town Hall at Parnassus noon-1pm in HSW 300 or Genentech Hall 2-3pm in G114 to hear about how labs can be more sustainable.  We’re presenting many ways the labs can save energy, water, money, recycle plastics, glass, formalin and alcohol. 

Get organic produce sent to where you work!  Mission Bay has a weekly organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) drop off site for a local farm, Terra Firma Farms.  Basically it is a weekly subscription to a small ($14), medium ($24), or large ($32) size box of organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. And you are able to pick it up on the Mission Bay campus.

If you are interested or have questions, here are some links:
How to choose a box
Produce description

The produce is AMAZING, and the boxes always contain a thoughtful sampling of what’s in season. (Pablito & Pablote make their own meals from the box each week and send out a newsletter each week with a recipe suggestion and info.)  Check it out!


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus community is invited and encouraged to celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Thursday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at several UCSF sites. UCSF is proud to participate in the World Health Organization’s global event.

This year’s goals are threefold: to help people quit smoking, increase awareness of health care providers in how to help people quit, and provide information about the World Health Organization’s theme “Tobacco industry interference.”

Information tables will be at various locations from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. with information about:

• UCSF Smoking Cessation services
o Inpatient: text page 443-QUIT (24/7 support by respiratory therapists specially trained in smoking cessation counseling)
o Outpatient: The Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center at Mount Zion (offers group cessation classes; call 885-7895)
o Employee smoking cessation support; call 885-7895

bood drive
Book Drive

May 10 to June 15, 2012
The book drive is sponsored by UCSF Libraries and endorsed by LivingGreen at UCSF.  Bring your recently-published hardback and paperback books in good condition to any of the below libraries to help literacy programs and science and technology to second and third world countries.  Collection boxes are located at the following: 
Parnassus Library - near circulation desk
San Francisco General Hospital Library Bldg 30
Mission Bay Library - Rutter Community Center, Rm 150
654 Minnesota St -  second floor lobby

May 10, 2012
LivingGreen Fair and Bike to Work Day!
Thursday, May 10 11-2pm
Millberry Union Gymnasium
2012 globe 300
Learn about what UCSF is doing and what you can do
Celebrate Bike to Work Day - free energizing stations along routes to Parnassus and Mission Bay
Bid for a bike at our bike auction
Visit over 50 vendors
Win an Amazon gift card and other gift certificate rafe prizes
Taste organic foods
Recycle your old sneakers and get a free fitness center pass
Win a moonlight kayak paddle trip for two
Buy a $5 veggie burrito with chips provided by Carmelina’s Taqueria
Enjoy live music

The UCSF Farmer’s Market at Mission Bay Opens April 11th. Join Campus LIfe Service Retail & The Pacific Coast Farmiers Market association for a grand opening celebration on the plaza at 500 Gene Friend Way from from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM featuring—
—Live cooking demo w/ Chef Mario from 12 pm – 1pm
—Live music from local band, Big Dog & the Bark
—Fresh, California-grown produce, flowers & specialty items

The UCSF Farmers’ Market at Mission Bay is open Wednesday (rain or shine) at 10 am.

Greenhealth Academy Webinars are free to all UCSF employees
Greenhealth Academy is pleased to offer the following webinars over the next several weeks:
Climate Change and Health Literacy for Health Professionals
March 21, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Health care professionals can play a vital role in preparing their medical staff, facilities and communities to be resilient and cope with the health and environmental effects of climate change. Please join us for a look at the casual relationship between health care and climate change.

January 18 is the LivingWell Expo.  Activities and events will be held across most UCSF campuses.  Please come to the Expo being held at the Milberry Union gymnasium from 10am - 2 pm find our how to Live Weel,  Come to our Living Green at UCSF table where you can take the pledge, sign up for the Living Green Office certification, pick up reminder stickers, or learn about our program.  The Recycling Program staff will also be present to share how you can help us meet our waste diversion goals.  the Asian American Donor Program will also be available to register interested persons to become bone marrow donors.

October 24 is National Food Day!  Food Day is about eating more food that comes from farms and less food that comes from factories.  It is an opportunity to celebrate real food and the growing movement to reform the American food system.  Go o the link to find out more!

LivingWell Snack Hour - Oct 3, 2011 from 3-4 pm 
Free sustainable healthy snacks while they last at the following locations:
Parnassus – Millberry Union Event & Meeting Center
SFGH – Cafeteria
Laurel Heights – The View Café
Mt. Zion – Ida’s Cafe
Mission Bay – Rutter Center Atrium

October 5, 2011 - Genetech Hall Courtyard, 11am - 2 pm
Join us at the UCSF Scientific Vendors Showcase where LivingGreen recognizes vendors who have green products or services that support our green procurement efforts!

Mission Bay Block Party - a zero waste event!  Join us on October 12 from noon-1:30 pm at the LivingGreen table to find out how you can be more sustainable at work and at home!

UCSF Book Drive June 6-17
How would you like to help improve literacy worldwide and at the same time divert perfectly useable books from landfills?  If you’d like to help, please donate your medical and non-medical books to UCSF libraries at Parnassus and San Francisco General Hospital.

Between June 6, 2011 and June 17th, UCSF Kalmonovitz Library and San Francisco General Hospital’s Barnett-Briggs Medical Library will be collecting used recently-published (past 10 years) books in good condition.  Collection bins will be set up near the library entrances. 

The libraries are partnering with non-profit Better World Books to donate books and provide funding to Books for Africa and the National Center for Family Literacy.  If the books are saleable, they will be offered for sale online at the Better World Books website, and if they cannot be donated or sold online, they will be recycled. 
Thank you in advance for your help with our project – please spread the word to everyone you know!
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Susan Boone - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

May 31, 2011 - World No Tobacco Day  - The campus community is invited and encouraged to celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Tuesday, May 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Parnassus—Medical Science Building Lobby, SFGH, Laurel Heights—cafeteria, and Mount Zion—main lobby. UCSF is proud to participate in the World Health Organization’s global event.

An information table will be at each location from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with information about:

• Tobacco Education Center at Mount Zion
• Interprofessional education opportunities for students in all four schools and physical therapy
• World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
• Enhanced patient cessation services

For information about the WNTD event, please contact Karen Williams, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, at 476-4683 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Visit: for a link to the flier

May 19: What you need to know about climate change and health brown bag lunch lecture and discussion by Tom Newman UCSF faculty, noon – 1 pm Rock Hall Auditorium, MB
After briefly reviewing evidence of global climate change, its causes and health effects, Dr. Newman will discuss what we all can do about it, leaving time for questions and discussion.  Dr. Newman is a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics Chief, Division of Clinical Epidemiology Member, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, and Physicians for Social Responsibility Steering Committee (S.F. Bay Area) and National Board of Directors. See presentation here:  Newman_Global_Climate_Change_and_Health_19May11.pdf

May 17:, Paper, Water, and other Sordid Tales brown bag lunch, film and discussion by Food and Water Watch, 12 – 1 pm at Cole Hall, Parnassus - Come learn about water policies that seriously affect you and your communities! We will touch on the $11.1 billion water bond, the peripheral canal, the health of the San Francisco Bay Delta and the Redwood City Saltworks Project presented by Food and Water Watch staff, Adam Scow.
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May 12: Living Green Fair,  11am-2pm at Mulberry Union Gym, Parnassus - The Living Green Fair will showcase sustainability efforts around the UCSF campus and medical center and what you can do to support these efforts.  Over 60 tables will cover our new Sustainability Action Plan’s six objectives:  Carbon neutrality, zero waste, water conservation, toxics reduction, sustainable food, and campus engagement.  A $5 burrito/chips/drink lunch will be offered.  The fair will feature examples of our LEED certified buildings, green cleaning, green purchasing, give-aways, prize wheel, and FREE opportunities to get involved: 
Bring your children’s toys/jewelry or dishware for lead testing by Center for Environmental Health
Bid for a bike at our Bike Auction
Join a Green Team and receive a free steel water bottle
Recycle your old sneakers and get a free kayak trip from UCSF Outdoor Programs
$5 lunch of veggie burrito, chips/salsa and agua fresca and Bring Your Own Cup (BYOB!)

May 12: Bike to Work Day:  Energizing stations (coffee/scones/lunch vouchers provided) will be located at 2nd & Irving and 16th & Owens from 7am-9am.  - San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike To Work Day aims to motivate non-bike riders and those already cycling to get involved. With bike riding’s many advantages like healthier living, reducing one’s footprint, and an affordable transportation alternative, Bike To Work Day is headed for a significant increase in participation in 2011. Biking to work is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+minues of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.

May 10: Antibacterial soaps: Are they necessary? Effects of antibacterial chemicals on the environment and human health - brown bag lecture and discussion by Sarah Janssen, UCSF faculty, noon to 1 pm in Cole Hall, Parnassus
Consumers in the United States spend almost $1 billion per year on “antibacterial” soaps and other products, containing the active ingredients triclosan or triclocarban. These products are also prevalent in healthcare settings. However, the FDA has stated there is no evidence that these products are any more effective than plain soap and water and the widespread use has resulted in widespread environmental and human contamination. In addition, these chemicals are linked to the harmful human health effects. Learn about why this has happened and what you can do.  Presented by Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH is Senior Scientist, NRDC and Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCSF.  See presentation here JanssenAntibacterial_SoapsUCSF.pptx.

May 5:  Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Nuclear Power Brown Bag lecture and discussion by Robert Gould of Physician’s for Social Responsibility, 12:30 – 2 pm in HSW 301, Parnassus - In the context of the recent catastrophic events at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan, this presentation will examine the full range of environmental and public health issues associated with nuclear power in general, and the impacts of the current global push for nuclear power expansion justified as a solution to unfolding climate change. Issues to be covered include the history of nuclear power programs, issues of safety, waste, nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The talk will also explore “carbon-free and nuclear-free” clean, safe and sustainable energy alternatives that can alternatively address the challenges of climate change while offering better protection of environmental and public health. See presentation here 5-5-11_Nuclear_Power_UCSF.ppt.

May 3:  In Search of Good Food, Brown Bag lunch, film and discussion by Food and Water Watch, - noon to 1 pm at Cole Hall, Parnassus - A couple of years ago, young San Francisco native and urban food activist Antonio Roman-Alcala decided to travel through California with a camera crew to seek some answers about the current state of the regional food system. How sustainable is it, truly, passed the glamorous facade of the astoundingly diverse, fresh, organic and local food landscape that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

April 26th is Gladstone Institute’s Green Product Show from 2-4pm, located at 1650 Owens Street will have 10 lab products vendors coming to it to display their eco-friendly products, equipment, and manufacturing practices. 

Saturday, April 16th is San Francisco for the Great Compost Giveaway!  - To thank you for recycling and composting and highlight the compost collection program Recology is giving San Francisco residents up to 5 gallons of free compost made from food scraps and plants collected in the City. Thank you for being a part of the nations’ most effective recycling and composting program! Bring your own bucket to any of four locations to collect your gourmet planting mix!  Click here for more information.

Free Webinar for Healthcare Clinicians: Thursday April 14th, 2011 10:00 -11:30 PST
Climate Change and the Role of the Health Care Clinician: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation
Join Practice Greenhealth and Health Care without Harm for this free Webinar on Climate Literacy in preparation for Earth Day activities

Safe Medicine Disposal Day - San Francisco Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring a one-day Take-Back Event for old/expired medications, on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Ethics of Drug Sales: Confessions of a Drug Rep
Tuesday, November 16, noon-1 p.m., HSW-303, Parnassus. T hink you know what a drug rep does? Think your judgment can’t be bought? Come hear one side of the story from Shahram Ahari, MPH, a former drug rep - detailing the ins and outs of the drug rep-physician relationship. Contact.

Free Admission To Muir Woods And Over 100 National Parks
Thursday, November 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Muir Woods. L ooking to get in a little nature but are on a budget? How about visiting one of our nation’s national parks absolutely free. To make it easier to experience America’s Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees (and even car fees), so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. More info.

Health Disparities, Health Reform, And The Culture of Medicine: Lessons From NIH Diversity
Wednesday, November 10, 3:30-5 p.m., Room 474, Laurel Heights. Associate Professor of Health Policy Studies, Daniel Dohan discusses how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act of 1993 has failed, offering insights into what Health Reform must do if it is to reduce disparities and re-shape the culture of medicine. Contact. Sponsors: UCSF Medical Anthropology

Saturday, November 6, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Byers Hall Shuttle Stop, MB
Walking through the Presidio, explore the extraordinary role of the Army in this extraordinary time, and about the more than 200,000 San Franciscans left suddenly homeless, and their struggle to return to a normal life. RSVP to Lindsey Pack.

  • Green Biz Innovation Forum, Oct 19-20, 2010, UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center

  • Global Work Party Oct 10, 2010.  This worldwide event is happening in your neighborhood

  • Cell Phones:  Health Impacts of Radio Frequency Exposure, Friday, October 8, noon-1:30 p.m., Nursing Building, N 225, Parnassus

  • Bill Snape Center for Biological Diversity speaker for National Climate Seminar, Oct 6, 2010, conference call