Work Groups are the life blood of a sustainability program, as they back away from the formal committee activities to engage those who actually make things happen, where “the rubber meets the road," if you will.

There is currently one formal Work Group and several informal groups/gatherings. Work is underway to provide structure and support to the informal groups.

Several projects have been initiated by the Utility Efficiency Work Group, including lighting upgrades/retrofits to products that are much more energy efficient. Such projects range from changing parking lot lights from High Intensity Discharge units to LED units, to relamping buildings with lower energy fluorescent lamps. Infrastructure projects include improvements to the steam distribution system and chilled water system, both of which are significant energy users, and, potentially, wasters. A continuation of a sitewide utility metering project will use utility metering and the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager to evaluate and identify areas where energy conservation can be pursued.  A pilot program to retrofit the lighting in ACC Cardiology Clinic to LEDs will soon begin construction.

Other Collaborations

Food & Nutrition Services

Foremost among the “informal” work groups is that of Food & Nutrition Services. FN&S has teamed with food services groups at UC San Francisco and UCLA Medical Centers to establish criteria for sustainability plans, which include the procurement of products from sustainable sources, community outreach, and working toward third party “green” certification.

Stay tuned for information on additional Work Groups and Collaborations.