Big Ag’s habit of using #antibiotics to make healthy animals fatter is breeding a new class of drug-resistant superbugs, like #MRSA, that we can’t control. Urge the FDA to ban this dangerous practice now.
Carbon pollution is driving climate change, altering our weather, disrupting our livelihoods, and threatening our future. Tell the EPA we need to make carbon pollution a thing of the past!
Last weekend, the UCSF LivingGreen Team embarked on a journey to UC Santa Cruz for the 2014 Energy Efficiency Summit. New interns gained exposure to informative tips on how to navigate Powersave Campus resources, we attended various seminars about graphic design and assessments, and finally we received some helpful advice from a career panel. Overall, this experience was a beneficial one as we now have more energy efficiency ideas and excitement for a greener future!
Although we couldn’t apply much of the other team’s efforts to UCSF because they account for undergaduate “dorm life”, we still have lots of groom to grow within the medical and office facilities!
Last week, we shadowed an office assessment at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus. Campus Life Services did an amazing job and they are eligible for a certification! Upon our arrival, there was no doubt they were a sustainable office. Almost every monitor had “turn off your monitor” stickers, their kitchen used reusable ceramic plates and tupperware, their printer has double sided printing and it uses recycled paper, and they have appropriate waste baskets within every vicinity. The one issue was regarding a large gap in the terrace door. The glass door was made too small so there is a large gap letting in a loud and cold breeze on windy San Francisco days. This results in a bothersome noise to the office workers as well as inefficient ventilation. As a result, the energy use would increase due to a necessary heating system that cancels out the cold air seeping in. Fortunately, there aren’t any office spaces near the door, so everyone is still content with their work area. Congratulations to this office, and we hope to see more sustainable efforts like this at future assessments; even if you are not at UCSF, feel free to encourage these sustainable practices in any space you encounter!
Hi! My name is Henry Walther, and I was recently hired by UCSF’s LivingGreen Program under the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Green Campus.
I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Chemistry from Texas A&M-CC. I am currently getting my Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
I am interested in learning more about energy savings within Hazardous Waste Operations for Emergency Response, Oil Spill Management, and Water Protection Safety. I enjoy water sports and would like to protect clean water for our future.
I am really looking forward to working with the Living Green team this year! This opportunity will allow me to gain experience using methods for reducing energy, waste, and water. I will apply these energy saving strategies within new and existing buildings to look for future opportunities to save energy.
Thank you for everybody’s hard work within the UCSF LivingGreen team, I am looking forward to all of the future opportunities within the Alliance to Save Energy. Remember always Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Henry R. Walther III
The first day of the Wellness Event was held at the William J. Rutter Center building lobby on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Representing LivingGreen was Dan Bertoldi and the newest intern, Henry Walther. From the beginning of the event, UCSF students, faculty, and employees began flooding the floor, curious as to what all the venders had to offer. Immediately Henry and Dan were gaining new pledges and signing up people for LivingGreen Certifications. They also scheduled a delamping assessment for an over-lit Lab at Mission Bay. In all, 14 people signed up for a LivingGreen Certification assessment! Not bad for the first day of the wellness events.
Another successful day at Laurel Heights increased UCSF’s LivingGreen promotions. With a total of 178 pledges and over 50 certifications! Freesia and Patrizia handed out lots of stickers, informed everyone of the pledge to sort waste, turn off monitors, and report water leaks, and advertised certifications to prospective faculty. Meanwhile, the room filled with noise: other tabling events caught people’s attention as well as the live band in the back. Next to the LivingGreen table was a very interesting health related organization. Visitors had to distinguish which soap is healthier, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly (a bar of soap! Don’t use antibacterial!), and tons of other exercises like using headphones instead of putting the radiation filled phone close to your ear for a lengthy time. To our right, was another table that promoted wellness in general, they handed out their mugs real fast! Overall, it was a great experience to inform the curious faculty about LivingGreen, learn that many are already promoting sustainability, and provide lots of free resources such as the quickly vanishing water bottles!
The final wellness event at Parnassus was held at the Millbury Union gymnasium. This portion of the wellness event had a twist: in order to get your free healthy meal you had to talk to 3 venders with different colored table cloths and gain a secret password from each vender. LivingGreen’s senior members Freesia and Dan combined their seasoned LivingGreen event skills to converse with this particularly hungry crowd. After talking to people interested in LivingGreen, the password “Apples/kale” was revealed. Neighboring LivingGreen’s table was UCSF’s Waste and Recycling Team. Between LivingGreen and the Recycling team, there was no sustainability question that couldn’t be answered! By the close of the last wellness event at Parnassus, LivingGreen had collected a total (all events) of 178 Pledge signatures and 73 people interested in getting their office, lab, or clinic LivingGreen Certified!