I’d imagine that when someone is thinking of an intro for a first blog, or a new website, they probably don’t get out the thesaurus.  Well, I did, as I wanted a decent synonym for “Welcome”.  If you’ve played with the InterWeb for as long as I have, you might get tired of being greeted with “Welcome to the Website for Fred’s Auto Dismantling and Bikram Yoga”.  Being greeted is fine, but “welcome” seems so…worn out.

Upon review, I found that “Welcome” is used so extensively simply because there seems to be no good substitute, no synonym that says “Welcome” as well as welcome does.  It would appear that, in introducing you to my sustainability blog and the new sustainability website, I will be using that term.

So, Welcome to “Greening Our Health System”, the new blog exploring sustainability practices and efforts at the UC Davis Health System.  This opening salvo to the blogosphere also serves as the introduction to the new and shiny UCDHS Sustainability website, which can be found here.

I hope that the blog and website will serve a number of purposes in advancing sustainable practices at DHS.  The development and launch of the website fulfills a Phase I objective of Strategic Plan Strategy 7.5.  The blog and website both fulfill aspects of Strategy 2.4 regarding communicating our sustainability program.  That takes care of the official stuff.  Now it’s all about me…and you.

In welcoming you to this blog, I want you to know that I plan to blog frequently; if Dr. Meyers can blog a lot, and he does, then so can I.  I hope the topics presented on the blog make you think about sustainability, and consider how it fits into your daily activities, both at work and at home.  I invite you to comment on the blog, ask questions, provide your perspective, suggest topics, give me grief as necessary and warranted, and just participate in the process.  And if you pine for more frequent updates to our sustainability news, as well as that of others, Like our Facebook page.

In welcoming you to the website, which, by the way, will not have a big “Welcome” banner for the header, I want you to know that you’ll be able to find answers to your sustainability questions on the site.  How you can Green your work environment.  How to recycle stuff.  How to save energy.  How to access alternative transportation.  Where to get your questions answered (sustainability@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu). How the Health System as a whole is using sustainable practices. And how to take the (not so) big leap onto the Green Advocate bus.

Go ahead, type “sustainability” into your browser’s address field, hit “enter”, and start to explore.  Put this blog into your RSS feed, or request e-mail updates, so you’ll see the new material when it’s published.  And do let me know what you think.

Do something Green today!