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sustainable operations have reported some great successes. Two further workgroups focused on toxics reduction and culture shift were also created to engage with the broader UCSF community. EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS The climate change policy at all 10 University of California (UC) campuses is to achieve 1990 levels by 2020, and carbon neutrality by 2025. To this end, we’ve implemented a number of programs. We’ve driven down campus energy use intensity by 24% since 2004 through efforts focused on energy efficiency in existing buildings, including five large Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects, a Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) with our local utility to research laboratories, 3000 professional and graduate students, 1500 residents and fellows, and 22,000 faculty and staff, while our three medical centers have a combined 1076 beds, with 33,521 admissions last year, in addition to 14,773 inpatient and 18,004 outpatient surgeries, and 54,064 visits to the emergency room. UCSF’s focus on health and sustainability started in 2008, when the Academic Senate Task Force on Sustainability recommended to our then-Chancellor, Michael Bishop, MD, that he create the UCSF Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability with a website, the post of Sustainability Director, and workgroups dedicated to various areas of sustainability. Over the past 8 years, these recommendations have all been implemented, and workgroups focusing on climate change, water conservation, zero waste, green procurement, sustainable food, green building, and

fund projects, a new Smart Labs program that includes a fume hood competition, and an Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Rebate Program. Between all these projects, we are expecting to save about 3.0M kWh and 70,000 therms annually. We’ve also implemented 9 large energy efficiency projects at UCSF Health, saving 2.5M kWh and 738,000 therms a year, and we’ve moved the data center to Washington state, where it is 100% powered by hydroelectricity, with zero emissions. Furthermore, we held two Carbon Emissions Strategy Sessions with cross-campus stakeholders, which yielded strong support for continued energy efficiency, electrified transportation, and more stringent technical performance criteria for new construction/buildings.



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