Environmental Groups and Resources

Air, Climate Change, & Energy


Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Air District aims to attain and maintain air quality standards, increase public awareness of positive air quality choices, and develop and implement protocol and policies for environmental justice.

California Air Resources Board/ARB
Works with the public, the business sector, and local governments to protect the public's health, the economy and the state's ecological resources through the most cost-effective reduction of air pollution.

California Climate Action Registry
The Registry is helps companies and organizations with operations in the state to establish GHG emissions baselines against which any future GHG emission reduction requirements may be applied.

Climate Action
Climate Action Campaign brings together individuals, shareholders, and communities to pressure major polluters in the utility, automotive, oil and gas, and other industries to take climate change seriously.

Campus Climate Change
The New Energy report details more than 30 universities around the US and Canada that have implemented a variety of emissions cutting programs. Good data and case studies.

Climate Change Research
The CCR section makes extensive use of state-of-the-art coupled climate system models to study the sensitivity and stability of the Earth system to a variety of forcings, including changes of greenhouse gases, aerosols, solar irradiance, volcanic forcing, land characteristics, and land use change.

Climate Crisis

Resources on global warming and information about the film, The Inconvenient Truth.

Global Footprint Network
Dedicated to advancing the scientific rigor and practical application of the Ecological Footprint, a tool that quantifies human demand on nature, and nature's capacity to meet these demands. Ecological Footprint is used by governments, communities, and businesses for planning and   monitoring ecological resources.

Pacific Energy Center
The Pacific Energy Center offers educational programs, design tools, advice, and support to create energy efficient buildings and comfortable indoor environments for commercial buildings

Rocky Mountain Institute
An independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

World Wildlife Fund
A leader in the field of climate science and advocate for emissions reductions and increases in the use of renewable energy resources and energy efficient technologies.


Electronic Waste

Computers have cathode ray tubes full of lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium and zinc. When these products are incinerated or landfilled, they can release these heavy metals and contaminate groundwater and pollute the air.

Information on Electronic Waste

Recycling locations in San Francisco

Green Building


Build It Green - Berkeley
Connects consumers and building professionals with the tools and technical expertise they need to build quality green buildings. Fosters collaboration with stakeholder groups to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, policies, and programs. On-site resource library in Berkeley, CA.

EcoHome Improvement - Berkeley
A store specializing in environmentally friendly supplies and products for the home.

Healthy Building Network: Green Guide to Health Care
The healthcare sector’s first quantifiable sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of their facilities. This Guide provides the healthcare sector with a voluntary, self-certifying metric toolkit of best practices that designers, owners, and operators can use to guide and evaluate their progress towards high performance healing environments.

Labs21 - Best Practices, Case Studies, and Design Guides
A Tool Kit of resources to support the design, construction, and operation of high-performance laboratories. Tool Kit includes design guides, case studies, a performance rating system and a video.

Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council 
The chapter's mission is to create a regional organization recognized as the primary source for education, information exchange, programs and events to stimulate a sustainable and, ultimately, restorative built environment.

Residential New Construction Guidelines
From the Alameda County Waste Management Authority.

Residential Remodeling Guidelines.
From the Alameda County Waste Management Authority

Health & Food

Center for Environmental Health
An advocate for public health, working to prevent pollution and protect children, families, and communities from toxic chemicals.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is a diverse partnership network of individuals and organizations working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

Health Care without Harm
Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of over 440 organizations in more than 50 countries, working to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of harm to people and the environment. "Designing the 21st Century Hospital: Healing from the Inside Out” - sustainability initiatives underway in the health care industry.

Healthier Foods in Hospitals
Contact: Linda Shak, 510.444.7738
Bay Area hospitals, public health departments, non-profits meet to discuss and work on food issues, sustainable agriculture, major health care systems and food distribution for healthier foods in hospitals.

Health & Food


Mercury In Fish
Download a free guide about mercury and fish.

SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
The UCSF student chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility strives to uphold the principles of ensuring quality public health, protecting the environment, and addressing the issues of violence and social justice. 

Seafood Guidelines
Download a free guide West Coast Seafood Guide.

Slow Food San Francisco *
An international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from homogenization of modern fast food and life. Through various initiatives, it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction.

Paper Products


Woodwise Companies
This site lists businesses that sell products with forest-preserving measures, furniture, lumber, paper recycled paper and office supplies, cloth diaper companies, and green wood products.

Shopper’s Guide to Home Tissues Products
Ancient and other endangered forest are being destroy to make facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and other disposal paper products. Go online for a free smart shoppers guide.

Woodwise Companies
This site lists businesses that  sell products with forest-preserving measures, furniture, lumber, paper recycled paper and office supplies, cloth diaper companies, and green wood products. 

Research & Education


A not-for-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. Biological models for human systems: The process of transcribing and translating biological designs, processes, and laws in living systems provides an excellent framework for application to human systems.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Health and environmental effects of PVC, VOC, HFR.  NRDC's legislative team is dedicated to protecting and building upon America’s framework of environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Programs: global warming, urban sprawl, air & water pollution, depletion of fisheries, pesticide threats to children's health, and wilderness & wildlife.

Play A Greater Part
Brings people together with research projects in sustainability who have the time and interest to help perform the research. They connect post-secondary students with an interest in sustainability to professionals who need help with a project regarding sustainability. The web site is available to all types of organizations (e.g. business, government, non-profits) and the public for viewing and submitting projects.

SustainAbilty is the longest established international consultant specializing in business strategy and sustainable development – environmental improvements, social equity and economic development.

Shopping & Travel


Green for the Road
Research the greenest hotels and vacation possibilities. Google also provides “Green Vacation Tips.”

Green Home
Environmentally preferable products and design services that promote resource conservation and minimize toxic output.

Green Karet
Wedding and commitment bands from recycled gold.

Ideal Bites
Do the right thing for yourself and the planet that is convenient, fun, inexpensive, and makes you feel good - how to live a green life, without giving up style or comfort


Bay Area Irrigation
Information for drip and sprinkler irrigation, and other water-saving landscaping techniques.

The mission of Baykeeper is to protect and enhance the water quality of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and its tributaries for the benefit of its ecosystems and human communities.

Resources on water conservation.

Harvesting Rainwater
Water-harvesting rainwater and water saving measures.

Healthy Lawn and Maintenance
Learn how to care for your turf using little to no pesticides.

Pesticides and Water Quality
Learn how pesticides affect your nearby creeks and rivers.

Save the Bay
Protects and restores The Bay through advocacy campaigns, education and public outreach.


UCSF Contacts

Environmental Health & Safety

Recycling Program

Parking & Transportaion
Parnassus 476-2566  Mission bay 476-1511
Information on alternative transportation: walking and biking, shuttles, light rail, buses and trains.

Sustainability Committee 
For information please send an e-mail to the Recycling Program at recycling@fm.ucsf.edu.

San Francisco Resources

San Francisco Department of the Environment
SF Environment's mission is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment and to promote San Francisco's long-term environmental well being. Programs: energy, environmental justice, green building, environmental policy, green business, less-toxic pest management, less-toxic purchasing, precautionary principle, recycling, school education, toxics disposal and reduction, transportation and clean aired and urban forest