Designing sustainability for a #green UCSF in 2025

For the challenge of setting the standard for green health, we asked you to think about building sustainable health into every facet of UCSF’s practices. And so far, the responses are showing both the breadth of efforts needed to really do this–as well as an equal amount of creativity and ambition among UCSF players to rise to the challenge by identifying small details involving unsustainable practices and offering up clever solutions to create more sustainable practices.

For instance, Team Campus Life services offered up this idea to combine wellness efforts with sustainability:

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.43.25 PMIt’s a simple idea–but one that could quickly, and effectively, give every member of the UCSF community a way to be more environmentally friendly, healthier — and to have a bit more free time.

Similar in concept, but specific to the medical side of UCSF, was this response from player Abracadabra that looks at ways of eliminating other kinds of cars trips as a way to save people time and also make the campus more sustainable:

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What I like about both of these is they’re simultaneously simple but creative; they use tools and concepts that most of us aren’t thinking about when it comes to sustainability to not only create new approaches to sustainability and green health, but to do so in ways that also can help make people healthier, happier and save time.

What other ideas can you imagine to design sustainability into the lives, routines and practices of UCSF’s community?



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