The UCLA Health System, comprised of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica, and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, is a member of Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading membership and networking organization for health care institutions that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices.
The cafeteria at the UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica has six meal stations including: the grill, pizza, hot entree, exhibition cooking, deli bar, and soup & salad bar. They support Santa Monica’s Sustainable Food goal to reduce meat consumption by 15% by featuring a Meatless Monday dish. The Meatless Monday campaign is an initiative of The Monday Campaigns. The beef and poultry that is served is antibiotic-free. The cafeteria also sources local and organic produce and does not serve fried food.
To encourage zero waste, UCLA Medical Center’s cafeteria offers discounts on coffee when customers bring their own mug, and discourage use of disposables by providing all staff with a reusable bottle for water refills. They also replaced disposable food trays with reusable trays. Any leftover emergency food is donated to local charitable organizations.
To help reduce water use, UCLA-Santa Monica replaced the grass lawn with artificial turf (AT) next to their parking structure.