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is now 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) paper, with a lower cost than 30% PCW, while on campus, 99% of offices and labs use PCW paper. Both the UCSF campus and UCSF Health have adopted e-procurement and DocuSign, eliminating paper signature printing and document storage costs equivalent to a full pallet of paper. A newly-negotiated print management contract has resulted in all Energy Star printers using 100% PCW paper. We have also negotiated with our vendor to replace a number of single-pass water-cooled sterilizers on campus, and there are plans to replace two large ones in the next fiscal year, which will save millions of gallons of water per year. UC’s policy includes purchasing 20% sustainable food by 2020. UCSF received an honorable mention from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) for our work on reducing the use of meat and poultry products raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics. Our Retail

Services and Nutrition and Food Services updated their Smart Choice campaign with a new design, targeting ‘scrumptious, sustainable, satisfying’ foods. UCSF received Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) certification from the United States Healthful Food Council, acknowledging our commitment to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship – the first time a healthcare organization has received this accreditation. UCSF Health has now achieved 25% of total food spend on sustainable food, exceeding the overall goal five years early. To further protect the health of staff, students, and patients, UCSF has pledged to incorporate best practices in reducing the use of Chemicals of Concern, excluding those managed by Environmental Health & Safety in their operations and activities at UCSF facilities. We have completed a peer review and update of the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit to train health prac-

titioners nationally to advise patients and their families about eliminating exposure to everyday chemicals. We’ve also eliminated Glyphosate use for weed control in landscaping and grounds, and Triclosan from hand soaps. BUILDING GREEN As far as construction goes, all new buildings at UCSF must be certified LEED-NC Silver or better. So far, 29 LEED-certified projects have been completed across UCSF’s multiple campuses, with 11 as new construction projects and the rest as renovation projects. Our most recent LEED-NC Gold certified project is the Medical Center at Mission Bay, one of the first acute care hospitals in California to achieve this level of LEED accreditation. We have also created a webpage to document our LEED projects as part of a walking tour for a UCSF-hosted United States Green Building Council’s Building Health Forum. We established a technical performance criteria document intended for our Block 33 office building and adapted for all future new buildings, focusing on energy efficiency, water conservation, and green interiors. The Living Building Challenge’s The Red List was included in this document. CHANGING THE CULTURE UCSF also recognizes that institutional change begins with cultural change.


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