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UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Honored for Environmental Stewardship

June 19, 2015 UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have been awarded an environmental achievement award from Practice Greenhealth, a leading health care nonprofit organization focused on positive environmental stewardship.

Every Drop Counts: UCSF Works to Conserve Water to Help Meet State Mandate

May 14, 2015 UCSF is looking to further reduce its water use by reducing irrigation and washing of fleets and buildings. These actions build on earlier efforts including efficient water design into new facilities at Mission Bay and reductions across campus.

UCSF Ahead of Curve in Water Conservation

January 27, 2014 UCSF's multiple water-saving projects have resulted in savings of 29 million gallons of water annually. UC President Janet Napolitano has issued a challenge to all 10 UC campuses to reduce water consumption 20 percent by the year 2020.

Two UCSF Faculty Named to State Committee that Identifies Toxic Chemicals

November 28, 2012 California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two UCSF faculty members to a state committee that identifies chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.

Environmental Health Expert Named Deputy Secretary at State Environmental Protection Agency

April 20, 2012 Keeping her eyes on the strawberry fields of central California, the bustling diesel truck routes in Oakland, and the stubborn toxic soils of the former Naval ship yards at San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunter’s Point, UCSF Associate Professor Gina Solomon, MD, MPH will soon have a new vantage point — the state capitol.

Study Debunks Autism as a Primarily Genetic Disorder

July 05, 2011 A rigorous study of nearly 400 twins has shown that environmental factors have been underestimated, and genetics overestimated, for their roles in autism-spectrum disorders.

UCSF Nurse Calls Attention to Indoor Air Pollution in Guatemala

June 20, 2011 UCSF family practice nurse Lisa Thompson is calling attention to the dangers of rustic stoves – which use biomass fuels such as wood, coal, animal dung and crop residue – and result in harmful pollutants adversely affecting people in developing countries.

Environmental Health Expert Offers Advice on How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins

January 14, 2011 Tracey Woodruff, director of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, offers tips on how to avoid everyday toxins in our environment.

Medical Student Claims First-Place Photography Prize with Celestial Image

January 12, 2011 Noah Hawthorne, a second-year medical student at UCSF, won first place in a student photography contest for his photo titled “Celestial Patriarch.”

Chemicals in Environment Deserve Study for Possible Role in Fat Gain, Says Byers Award Recipient

December 15, 2010 Weight gain and environmental pollutants might be linked, an award-winning worm researcher suggests.

Study Links Increased BPA Exposure to Reduced Egg Quality in Women

December 15, 2010 A small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study has identified the first evidence in humans that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman’s eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Zebrafish reveal exquisite workings of the brain

November 08, 2010 A tiny, translucent juvenile zebrafish, on the hunt for even littler prey, has offered up a big insight into how a specific circuit of nerve cells functions in the brain.

Cell Phones Pose Health Risks, Says Devra Davis at UCSF Seminar

October 25, 2010 Heavy cell-phone use over many years may threaten one’s health, according to well-known environmental activist, cancer epidemiologist, and author Devra Davis, MPH, PhD, who spoke recently at a seminar on the UCSF Parnassus campus.

Environmental Health Expert Calls for Improved Scientific Study of Gulf Coast Oil Disaster

August 20, 2010 UCSF environmental health specialist Gina Solomon is calling for improved scientific study of and publicly available and robust data about the health hazards posed by the BP oil disaster.

Health impact of Gulf Coast oil spill hazardous but improving

August 16, 2010 The oil spill along the United States Gulf Coast poses health risks to volunteers, fishermen, clean-up workers and members of coastal communities, according to a new commentary by UCSF researchers who spent time in the region and are among the first to look into health problems caused by the oil spill. The good news, the authors say, is that one of the risk factors, coastal air quality, is improving now that the oil leak has been stopped.