City of San Francisco and UCSF announce Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

November 25, 2002

The City and County of San Francisco and UCSF have established a free mercury thermometer exchange program for the community.  The program has been instituted to reduce mercury thermometer use because of the dangers of mercury which is a bioaccumulative and toxic pollutant. 

UCSF’s Millberry Union Bookstore will be the permanent location for the public to exchange mercury thermometers for free digital thermometers.  The MU Bookstore is open Monday-Friday from 8 am-6 pm and Saturday from 10 am-5 pm.

## There will be an official inauguration of the Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program, as follows:

* WHEN: 10 am

* WHERE:  Millberry Union Bookstore, 500 Parnassus Ave., SF

* DATE:  Tuesday, December 3

## Agenda:

* 10 am   Welcome and Introductions
* Eugene Lau, Director, UCSF
* Environmental Health and Safety

* 10:05 am Jack McGurk, Chief
* Environmental Management Branch
* California Department of Public Health

* 10:10 am Jared Blumenfeld
* Department of the Environment
* City and County of San Francisco

* 10:15 am San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
* 10:20 am Award from California Health Care Without Harm

* 10:25 am Mercury thermometer exchange

* NOTE:  Media Representatives are invited to attend.  For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Twink Stern at UCSF News Services, (415) 476-2557 or via email (tstern@pubaff.ucsf.edu.)