Falling into Place

By David Mun

This past week was an eventful one, and the Hospital Sustainability Team is very relieved and thankful that it went by without too many hitches. Our sensor was installed in the medical plaza with some much needed help, but unfortunately is not functioning yet (more on this later). We started our waste audit in the Ronald Reagan Medical Center in the unisex and men's bathrooms.  And lastly, we helped Teresa Hildebrand with the execution of the UCLA Health System Earth Day Fair.

The Hospital Sustainability Action Research Team with stakeholder Teresa Hildebrand at the hospital's annual Earth Day Fair.

The Hospital Sustainability Action Research Team with stakeholder Teresa Hildebrand at the hospital's annual Earth Day Fair.

After purchasing the needed battery for the sensor used for our baseline data of stair use in the medical plaza, Steve was able to coordinate with faculty members to professionally replace the battery and place it above one of the doorways.  The group was ecstatic in that we would be able to collect some solid data this quarter.  Unfortunately, when our members Priya and Steve went to go check on the sensor, they found that it was placed upside down.  We immediately contacted the appropriate people to have this fixed, and hopefully the data collection will start soon!

As for our waste audit, we are very relieved that we were able to begin collecting data.  We were able to obtain a small kitchen scale that was precise with measurements, and also decided to count the number of paper towels thrown away.

The Hospital Sustainability Team celebrated this past Tuesday’s Earth Day by helping out with the Earth Day Fair at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center.  This event, coordinated by Sustainability Programs Manager Teresa Hildebrand, was well planned and included many groups from UCLA’s network.  These groups included UCLA’s Tobacco-Free Initiative, Daniels Sharpsmart, PowerSave Campus at UCLA, E3: Ecology, Economy, Equity, the ART Water Action Team, Cintas, and Linen.  These groups had their own giveaways and modules for their respective fields.  Our own team tested our education module that would be used for the new staff hires for the health system.  The module was met with fairly positive results, with the biggest criticism being that it was too lengthy.  The team will go back and tend to that issue, and hopefully it will be ready to gain the steering committee’s approval soon.

It seems that things have finally fallen into place.  As we approach mid-quarter we hope it’ll continue at this pace, and that we can be proud of the work we have done these two quarters.