CHESC BEST PRACTICE AWARD. CREDIT: SETH JOEL.
ARIANNE TEHERANI, MD. CREDIT MARCO SANCHEZ.
EARTHEALTH1 AWARDED. CREDIT MARCO SANCHEZ.
That’s why we have a Culture Shift Goal to encourage the UCSF community to act more sustainably. To this end, we’ve implemented a number of programs to spread awareness and promote sustainable behavior. A partnership with SunShares offered a 15% discount on residential solar PV installations and the all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicle for all employees, students, friends, and family. We hosted a Greening of Healthcare post-conference workshop as part of the CHESC, a student-run climate change conference called EARTHEALTH1, and the Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference with the theme of ‘Bridging for a Sustainable Future for Global Health’. In May, we held a UCSF Curriculum Workshop as part of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and our LivingGreen Fair and Bike to Work Day was a big success. We also participated in the UC Carbon Slam, a competition between all ten UC campuses on sustainability pledges. UCSF has donated to and participated in NOMADgardens in Mission Bay, an ongoing
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More pollen means more asthma and more allergies for her. Many people at UCSF help to reduce climate impact by: Taking the stairs. Taking alternate transportation. Turning off display monitors.
project to create ‘roaming’ community gardens and event spaces, transforming vacant lots into vibrant hubs for the local residents. We formally shared sustainable best practices with our affiliates at Children’s Hospital Oakland, John Muir Health System in Walnut Creek, and Washington Hospital Health System in Fremont, as well as hosted visitors from South Korea, China, and Australia, through Health Care Without Harm. We have an ongoing Climate Changes Health campaign across UCSF to increase awareness of the link between climate change and health through a series of banner posters and digital posters. Also, in June last year, Chancellor Hawgood presented Sustainability Awards to faculty, staff, students, and teams at the 6th Annual Sustainability Awards ceremony. AWARDS AND RECOGNITION A key accomplishment for us was receiving Practice Green Health’s (PGH) Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, the organization’s highest honor for hospitals, two years in a row. UCSF Health also received
two PGH Circles of Excellence awards for exceptional achievements in the Climate and Green Building categories, in addition to their Greening the OR Recognition Award. For two years in a row, UCSF Health was also listed in Becker’s Hospital Review 50 Greenest Hospitals in America. CHESC honored UCSF with three best practice awards, one in 2014 and two in 2016, and the campus has also received the San Francisco Business Times’s ‘Gold’ and ‘Best of’ ratings for Best Place for Commuters every year since 2010. Individual members of faculty have contributed to a growing research landscape in sustainable healthcare. Nicole Jackman, MD, PhD, Resident Physician, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, presented on the efficient utilization of inhaled anesthetics at the UC San Diego Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit in 2015, also discussing how medical centers can be involved in creating a culture of sustainability and how there is room for improvement in hospital energy efficiency. Arianne Teherani, PhD Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a research faculty member in the Office of Research and Development in Medical Education, was awarded the UC President’s Faculty Climate Action Champion Award for her research project on developing a new curriculum for health professionals that takes into account sustainability issues on health. UCSF is proud of our accomplishments thus far and with the future full of opportunities to engage faculty, staff, and students, we will continue towards our UC President’s ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and zero waste by 2020. Alongside the continued focus on the expansion of UCSF to provide higher quality healthcare for more patients, our philanthropy-fueled research enterprise, and our focus on precision medicine to treat disease worldwide, UCSF intends to continue leading the way in sustainable healthcare. The challenge of achieving carbon neutrality within these growth goals is the focus of our next four to nine years. c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE