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Environmental Health HCN Sub-Committee

Mission:

To promote a healthy campus environment that supports students, staff, and faculty learning, working and living on all campus properties.

Projects:

Draft Goals:

*Please note that these goals were drafted by the Environmental Health Sub-committee of the Healthy Campus Network and are still in the vetting process.  If you would like to give feedback on these goals, please email the Sub-committee Chairs Mo Lovegreen, Ginnie Thomas, and Shannon Hinrichs.

Short-term Goals:

  • Develop a report on current indoor air quality.
  • Make a commitment to well building and indoor air quality standards.
  • Develop a communication campaign to raise awareness of critical environmental health issues such as air quality, noise, lighting, outdoor emissions from idling vehicles, etc.
  • Increase access to and use of hydration stations.
  • Assess bicycle, skateboard and pedestrian networks for areas of the highest risk.
    Reduce skateboard and pedestrian collisions.
  • Assess the feasibility of a helmet policy.
  • Contract with local farmers for more fresh food variety on Farmers Market Wednesdays.
  • Expand healthy options in campus vending machines and help implement the statewide vending machine policy at UCSB.
  • Launch the Take the Stairs Campaign.
    Increase signage about the tobacco free campus program and seek other ways to eliminate smoking on campus.
  • Develop a location map of crime hotspots that is interactive.
    Install a sexual health vending machine.
  • Increase condom distribution.
  • Assess state of accessibility for challenged staff, faculty & students re: access to wellness resources.
  • Ensure that any Learn at Lunches, workshops, etc. related to wellness are filmed for later placement on a central webpage.
  • Make simultaneous translation available to anyone who requests for Learn at Lunches.
    Enforcement of Tobacco & Smoke Free policy.
  • Create policy that allows use of Professional Development time for attending wellness activities.
  • Document food policies, discuss in mixed audience focus groups.
  • Label foods in UCen dining franchises with composite index score.
  • Research alternative cleaning options in conjunction with Dr. Patricia Holden’s laboratory.

Mid Term Goals:

  • Work with Environmental Health & Safety to address indoor air quality issues identified in short term goals.
  • Increase pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  • Increase accessibility of wellness resources to people of all abilities.
  • Assess the feasibility of rewriting contract-bidding criteria to prioritize good food, and exclude unhealthy fast foods, soda, unethical food, environmentally and climate destructive food.
  • Develop a plan for improving food on campus.
  • Assess the feasibility of banning items such as sugar-sweetened beverages and processed meats.

Long-term Goals:

  • None

Visionary Goals:

  • Prioritize food for healthy people and environment as well as animal welfare.


Members:

  • Shannon Hinrichs, Campus Environmental Health Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety (Co-Chair)
  • Mo Lovegreen, Executive Officer/Director, Campus Sustainability, Sustainability (Co-Chair)
  • Ginnie Thomas, Health Advocate, Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises (Co-Chair)
  • David Cleveland, Research Professor, Environmental Studies, Department of Geography
  • Nancy Eyrie, Information Specialist, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Gina Gonzales, Manager, Assignment Services, Residential & Commuity Living (HDAE)
  • Andrew Height, Fiscal Analyst, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Jen Johansen, Academic Personnel Analyst, College of Creative Studies
  • Tom Knight, Campus Tour Coordinator/Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions
  • Viviana Marsano, IV Liasion & Sr. Campus Org. Advisor, Office of Student Life
  • Tracey Nguyen, Undergraduate Student, Associated Students
  • Rebecca Plotkin, Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Juliza Ramirez, Undergraduate Student   
  • Jewel Snavely, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services
  • Jason Stone, Health Education Specialist, Health and Wellness
  • Michael Takahara, Health & Wellness Educator, Health & Wellness Programs
  • Cynthia Torres, Undergraduate Student   
  • Eric Zimmerman, Academic Coordinator, Environmental Studies