UCSF Real Estate Champions Sustainability with 8 All-Electric Projects

UCSF Real Estate continues to lead the charge in sustainability with its commitment to all-electric projects aimed at reducing carbon footprint and promoting eco-conscious construction and design. As Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2024, we celebrate the completion and ongoing progress of eight initiatives at UCSF.  

Jeff Blaevoet, Director of Innovation and Mechanical Engineer, gave a tour in March of the Bayview Medical Building. Jeff led design for the project.
Jeff Blaevoet, Director of Innovation and Mechanical Engineer at Guttmann & Blaevoet, explains how four heat recovery chillers will significantly reduce energy operating costs for the Bayfront Medical Building during a sustainability tour in March for UCSF staff. Jeff led the building's design.

These projects not only embody UCSF’s dedication to environmental stewardship, but they also align with policy goals set by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), which call for obtaining carbon-free electricity at all UC campus and health locations by 2025 and building carbon-free new buildings. The UC policy also direct existing buildings to convert from methane gas heating to electric heating.

These efforts will ensure that UCSF meets the UC policy target of reducing carbon emissions by 90% from 2019 levels, by 2045. 

"We are proud to lead the way in sustainable construction and design, setting new standards for environmental responsibility in our industry. Through our commitment to all-electric projects, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also shaping a greener, healthier future for our communities, " said Brian Newman, Chief Real Estate Officer and Vice President, and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of UCSF Real Estate.

Sustainability is at the heart of design and planning at UCSF, said Alicia Murasaki, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Planning and Campus Architect. "We believe that sustainable design is not just a responsibility, but an opportunity to innovate and create spaces that prioritize both environmental stewardship and human well-being,” she said. 

Here's a rundown of the 8 all-electric capital projects: