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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO IRVING ST ELECTRIC STREETCAR. CREDIT: SUSAN MERRELL.

In transportation, the campus single occupancy vehicle rate has decreased from 48% to 30.2% since 1991. UCSF garages now provide Scoot electric scooter pods and 38 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with plans to add 48 stations by June 2018. In these garages, we have over 100 green vehicle-preferred parking spaces and 1,200 bicycle parking spaces with secured bike cages, as well as 18 green vehicle and car share vehicle parking spaces available at seven different campus locations. We have also signed an agreement with Volta to install eight EV charging stations at no cost to the university, and procured 15 Build Your Dreams electric buses. From 2009 to 2015, UCSF has been recognized as a Best Workplace for Commuters with Silver, Gold, and ‘Best of Gold’ awards

from the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida. WATER CONSERVATION, WASTE REDUCTION UC’s water conservation goal is to reduce water use by 36% from the 2007 baseline by 2020. We have already met this goal four years early. We’ve saved 9.5 million gallons of water at the Mission Bay campus by reducing turf irrigation alone, and we’ve started a program to replace and to retrofit bulk sterilizers in laboratories, as well as removing eleven sterilizers in operating rooms, saving more than one million gallons for each sterilizer. UCSF Health has implemented an electric chiller conversion and Medical Air upgrade, saving 4.79 million gallons a year. On top of that, a

new state-of-the-art pool treatment system has been introduced, using a new UV filter to treat two indoor pools, which cuts pool drainage in half and saves over 200,000 gallons of water each year. In addition to reducing our water consumption, UCSF aims to achieve zero waste by 2020 consistent with UC policy. Last year, the campus diverted the highest rate to date, achieving 80.32% of waste diverted from landfill. Key contributors were 26 E-Waste and Bulky Item Pick Up days at four campus locations, which donated 31 tons of waste to reuse organizations, recycled 58 tons, and diverted 40 tons of e-waste; a Consolidation and Sorting Project which saved over $100,000 and diverted 893 tons of waste; and our partnership with the Bio-Link Depot, which

INDOOR POOL WITH HI-TECH TREATMENT. CREDIT: ELENA ZHUKOVA.

BICYCLES ON CAMPUS. CREDIT: SUSAN MERRELL.

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AWARD WINNER - EARTHEALTH1 TEAM. CREDIT: SUSAN MERRELL.

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