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Environmental stewardship is a broad effort that requires the participation of many different groups at UCSF. Sustainability initiatives, building design / retrofitting, contractor activities, research techniques, university policy, and UCSF community awareness / behavior all have an impact on the environment. With the understanding that protection of the environment is everyone’s responsibility, UCSF Environmental Programs collaborates with several other UCSF departments to achieve our goals.

 

UCSF programs that are close partners with Environmental Programs include:

UC Environmental Managers Workgroup

UC system wide workgroup comprised of environmental representatives from every UC Campus. Tasked with improving environmental programs, increasing regulatory compliance, and reducing environmental risk / liability to the university.

Sustainability

Sustainability affects all departments within UCSF. As the Green Living campaign gains momentum, UCSF strives to insert Sustainability into every product and activity at the university.

Chemical Inventory

Environmental Programs currently administers the UCSF Online Chemical Inventory system, generates related reports and performs analysis services for internal departments seeking chemical information.

Chancellor’s EH&S Policies

The Chancellor’s official authorization of EH&S activities.

Campus Planning

Environmental Programs works closely with UCSF Campus Planning on many environmental topics that affect the larger UCSF community.

Plans Review

Environmental Programs provides plans review services pertaining to regulated equipment, sources and construction activities.

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UC Environmental Managers Workgroup

The University of California Environmental Managers Workgroup is made up of representatives from each UC Campus and National Lab environmental managers. Its charter is stated as follows:

  1. Achieve a common understanding of all legal requirements put in place to protect the environment.
  2. Identify challenges common to the Campuses and Labs that are most effectively addressed collectively. For these, collaborate to develop solutions for system-wide adoption.
  3. Identify existing best practices at each Campus and National Laboratory and consider for system-wide adoption. Best practices can consist of solutions that meet or exceed compliance.
  4. Where appropriate, develop environmental standards for, or otherwise influence the design of, new construction. In all respects, serve as a resource for capital projects.
  5. Ensure environmental programs are well represented in ISM and ISEM policies.

The UC Environmental Managers Workgroup conducts quarterly conference calls to collaborate on program aspects and implementation strategies, as well as analysis of emerging regulations.

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UC Environmental Risk Assessment

In March 2011, the Environmental Managers Workgroup conducted a system wide environmental risk assessment in conjunction with UC Office of the President, Bickmore Risk Services, and Beyond Compliance, LLC. The risk survey identified ten areas that Environmental Programs system wide should concentrate on in the coming year(s). Those areas are as follows:

Score

Environmental Program

760

Soil - Import/Export/Management

512

Air – Prohibitory Rules Analysis/Cost Impact

512

Air – Ozone Depleting Subst – Improve/Align programs UC wide

512

Air – Ozone Depleting Subst. – Software

488

Air – Diesel Engines

438

Data Systems – Track Enforcement

438

Data Systems – Campus Specific Risk Assessment

376

Air – Prohibitory Rules Tracking

350

Stormwater – Construction Permit Compliance

350

Stormwater – Rules Tracking

These results indicate areas for improvement for environmental programs system wide, but do not speak to specific issues that affect individual campuses. The Environmental Managers Workgroup identified goals and action items to close regulatory gaps, share best practices, and request resources where needed. Current action items and immediate goals include:

  • Environmental Managers to prioritize the top 10 list
  • Establish working sub-groups
  • Share resources / best practices (Establish centralized FTP site; Upload documents)
  • Develop system wide template programs / guidelines
  • Develop system wide environmental policies (either for campus or UCOP)
  • Leverage UCOP for communication with non-environmental groups
  • By using this report as a road map, the Environmental Managers Workgroup hopes to improve environmental programs across the University of California in the next 3-5 years.

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Sustainability

Environmental Programs believes that sustainable business practices serve to protect the environment and preserve natural resources that are in finite supply. Sustainability efforts at UCSF are aligned with Environmental Programs’ mission statement of minimizing our impact on the environment. With this natural alliance, Environmental Programs actively participates in several aspects of the over all Sustainability program.

Environmental Programs efforts include, but are not limited to:

Climate Change Work Group

Responsible for creating the UCSF Climate Action Plan, monitoring greenhouse gas impacts, and developing strategies for achieving the goal of a “zero net carbon footprint”  

http://sustainability.ucsf.edu/what_ucsf_is_doing/climate_change

Toxics Reduction / Substitution Plan

EH&S Hazardous Materials Management group leads the effort for toxics reduction and substitution of hazardous materials to less hazardous or non-hazardous reagents. The result leads to a reduction of hazardous waste produced by UCSF, directly benefiting the environment.

UCSF Sustainability Program

The university wide sustainability program. Covering all things green.

http://sustainability.ucsf.edu/

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Chemical Inventory

Understanding locations and volumes of hazardous substances within UCSF buildings is critical to emergency responders, UCSF staff and students, building design and regulatory compliance.

Chemical inventory at UCSF is used for a variety of applications, including:

Hazardous Materials Business Plans

The primary document for emergency responders. This document locates all hazardous materials on a physical map of the building to guide emergency responders during an event. Mandated by California Health and Safety Code, Div 20, Chapter 6.95, Section 255000 and enforced by San Francisco Dept of Public Health.

Occupancy Permits / Chemical Loading Analysis

This analysis is performed at the request of the State Fire Marshal for new and existing buildings. Buildings must be designed to contain proposed hazardous material loads. Chemical load analysis is performed during building design for plans approval and again post occupancy to finalize the Permit of Occupancy. Existing buildings may be subject to a new analysis if there are major changes in usage or chemical storage volumes. Mandated by the California Fire Code and enforced by the State Fire Marshal.

Dept of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard

In November of 2007, the Dept of Homeland Security identified over 160 chemicals subject to terrorist activity. All quantities of these materials in excess of the threshold limits are subject to reporting and added security measures. Mandated by the Che mical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard and enforced by the Dept of Homeland Security.

Hazard Communication

All employees are to be trained on all hazards within their immediate work environment prior to the start of work. The Online Chemical Inventory system can provide quick access to chemical inventories and associated hazard classes of those materials. Used in conjunction with online Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available at www.ucmsds.com , these can be used as a tools to assist PIs and Lab Managers in fulfilling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200.

Toxic Air Contaminants survey for Genentech Hall

Due to the size of UCSF’s Genentech Hall at Mission Bay, an annual analysis of Toxic Air Contaminants (http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/Files/Engineering/Air%20Toxics%20Programs/table_2-5-1.ashx) is required to maintain UCSF’s exempt status for TAC emissions. Mandated by the Permit to Operate, issued by the BAAQMD.

EH&S Carcinogen Program

Known and suspected human carcinogens are tracked by the Online Chemical Inventory System. Mandated and enforced by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA). For more information about the program, please refer to the Campus Safety web page: http://or.ucsf.edu/ehs/7241-DSY/8075-DSY.html

Survey UCSF for specific compounds for special projects

The Chemical Inventory System allows OEH&S to survey the entire campus quickly when searching for a rare or potentially dangerous compound, where added safety, security, or training may be required.

The Online Chemical Inventory System is available through the Research Information Online database (https://www.researchapps.ucsf.edu/RIO/login.aspx)

FAQ regarding the Online Chemical Inventory. can be found at the OEH&S website.

It is strongly recommended that lab coordinators review this information prior to using the chemical inventory system. Any questions, comments, or suggestions may be emailed to the Chemical Inventory Administrator at ORChemicalInventory@ucsf.edu

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Chancellor’s EHS Policies

The UCSF Chancellor’s Office dictates that the university operate in compliance with applicable regulations and recognizes the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for administration of related programs. To view the Chancellor’s policies relating to Environmental Health and Safety, you can refer to http://policies.ucsf.edu/

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Campus Planning

Intelligent planning and design are critical to the success of several environmental efforts. Environmental Programs works closely with UCSF Campus Planning to create solutions that ensure environmental compliance and reduce burden on those groups responsible for implementation. In addition to its primary goal of providing “professional planning services that guide the physical development of the campus…”, Campus Planning is also responsible for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, generating Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and coordinating with development stakeholders.

Recent Environmental Program / Campus Planning collaboration efforts include:

  • Stormwater compliance, administration, and design at Mission Bay Campus
  • Noise impact study at Parnassus and Mission Bay
  • Community outreach regarding construction activities at Mission Bay
  • Industrial waste water discharge routing at Mission Bay
  • Endangered species protection at Mission Bay

Further details on the Campus Planning’s efforts can be found - http://campusplanning.ucsf.edu/.

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EH&S Plans Review

UCSF Environmental Programs reviews construction plans / documents for all projects that may contain:

  • Permit required equipment / sources
  • Soil disturbing activities
  • Stormwater emissions
  • Industrial waste discharge
  • Adverse impact to the environment

If your project requires environmental review, or you wish to discuss an environmental consultation, please contact Environmental Programs. If you wish to schedule a full plans review meeting involving all EH&S disciplines, please contact the Campus Fire Marshal.

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