Livinggreen Fair
INITIATIVE NAME Livinggreen Fair
UNIVERSITY University Of California San Francisco
TAGS sustainablility
CONTACT Living Green Ucsf <sustainability@ucsf.edu>
WEBSITES sustainability.ucsf.edu/




SUMMARY

The LivingGreen Fair showcases sustainability efforts around the UCSF campus and highlights fun ways to live green. Free eco-friendly prizes. Free e-waste recycling. Free veggie lunches.

The fair will offered many fun and engaging resources on how you can live green at work and home.  Those in attendance learned more about the LivingGreen Office/Lab Certification Program as well as the Sustainability Action Plan and participated in a variety of fun activities, including:

  • Check out a Nissan Leaf electric car
  • Check out the Scoot Network electric scooters
  • Take the UCSF Commuter Survey
  • Learn from environmental organizations and government agencies such as 350.org, Fix-It Clinic, SF Estuary Partnership,  SF PUC, Nature in the City, and Pesticide Research Institute
  • Participate in the used bike auction
  • Purchase eco gifts and healthy food items
  • Learn About how to green your lab (a dozen scientific equipment and supply vendors will be highlighting their green equipment)


IMPACT

This year’s LivingGreen Fair drew large crowds to the Rutter Center on May 14 as more than 90 vendors offered new and inspiring ideas promoting water conservation, zero waste choices, sustainable food, green products, ways to reduce daily toxins and much more.

Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Manager, said that having the fair at Mission Bay this year provided us a terrific opportunity to focus not only on green living and our sustainability programs, but also on green laboratories.  “We wanted to reach beyond UCSF boundaries to bring in neighboring biotech companies and share our green practices.”

“This has been a great event for us,” said Allison Paradise, Executive Director of My Green Lab. My Green Lab was formed by a group of former scientists and engineers who care about the environment and seek to bring green technology and practices to science labs. “We have an excellent relationship with the university, and the LivingGreen Fair gives us an opportunity to reach scientists on campus and expand our message to local companies.”



PROCEDURE

The fair was advertised around the campus and invitations were sent to UC San Francisco's contacts as well as those likeminded in regards to the importance of sustainability.



MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED

The project will be conducted again, and we will continue to look for more numerous and more engaging ways in which we can bring the sustainability community together to learn from one another.



FUTURE PLANS

The fair’s move from Parnassus to Mission Bay for the first time was met with enthusiastic responses from both vendors and attendees as the event had more room. “We reached more than 1,500 people this year,” Gail said. “That’s a 40 percent increase over last year.”

As such we intend to continue hosting the fair annually and look forward to it growing in both scoop and impact over the next few years.