A lasting legacy for the UCLA Health System

By David Mun

As we each stood on the platform this past Monday for our presentations, the ending of the quarter dawned on us like never before. Hearing about what other teams have been doing these past some twenty weeks was enlightening and encouraging. This year, UCLA students have left a lasting legacy for next year’s students to pick up on, just as last year’s teams did for us. Three of the five people in our group will be moving to the great unknown beyond UCLA, and the other two will keep pursuing the ultimate goal of making this amazing university even more so.

The Hospital Sustainability Team poses with their final results poster.

The Hospital Sustainability Team poses with their final results poster.

Our time with the UCLA Health System has come to an end. The Earth Day Fair was a success. The occupancy sensor project was … not quite a success, but the way our team rebounded after this setback certainly was. The waste audit was not entirely as we expected; we don’t have any solid conclusions in terms of signage, but what we learned about the degree of waste generated each day and the hospital system itself is truly valuable. The education module is 99.9% complete, and we are so excited to have made such a tangible contribution to the hospital staff. All new hires have to go through this module made by five students? Yeah, we feel pretty accomplished right about now. Never mind that our countless brainstorming ideas did not pan out or that the change we tried to implement has been slow. We believe in dreaming big and working hard. And we did just that. Hospital Sustainability team out!