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The Office of Sustainability serves as a central, non-partisan entity to facilitate and promote sustainability at UCR. Our office is responsible for guidance in implementing UC sustainability policies, reporting Green House Gas inventories, and communicating best practices to students, faculty, and staff.

Sustainability Defined

  • Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Brundtland, 1987)
  • Enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions, (...), that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future. (SDEP, 2000)
  • Sustainability is an urgent eco-socio-economic practice, that restores the financial natural capital of the planet.


John Cook

John J. Cook, Ph.D., MBA, LEED BD+C,

Director of Sustainability UCR

(951) 827-1270

Dr. Cook holds a MBA in Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School, a MALS from Reed  College, and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He is also a LEED AP BD+C with certificates in Green Business, Green Engineering, and Green Architecture from the Chicago Center for Green Technology and a US Fulbright Fellow. 

Since establishing the Office of Sustainability in November 2010 Dr. Cook has published two articles in the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage published by Sage Publications (2012), presented at four national conferences, given more than a dozen public lectures and served on more than 30 committees including the City of Riverside Green Action Planning Committee and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Curricular and Professional Development Committee. Dr. Cook teaches courses in Systems Thinking and Sustainability for UCR’s new School of Public Policy.



Delphine Faugeroux

Delphine Faugeroux

Sustainability Officer

(951) 827-1329

Mrs. Faugeroux, as the Green Lab Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability is responsible for the feasibility study, implementation and review of the Green Lab Program at UCR. She currently audits energy use of lab equipment, implements lab waste recycling and leads water saving action. Additionally to leading the Green Lab Program, Mrs. Faugeroux implements and certifies Green Event and other educational programs at UCR.

She is also in charge of the LEED EBOM projects - LEED for existing Building. Currently, UCR has 5 EBOM projects that aim to be certified in the coming year.

Prior to joining UC Riverside, Mrs. Faugeroux worked as an Environmental Scientist for Veolia Water, where she was responsible for the creation of a Risk management Plan for reuse reclaimed water. Mrs. Faugeroux holds an Associate Degree in Chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France; and a Master in Environmental Science from AgroParisTech – 1st rank Engineer School of Life and Environmental Sciences in France. She earned the LEED Green Associate degree in 2015.

Fortino Morales

Fortino Morales III

R’Garden Coordinator

(951) 827-5906

Mr. Morales, as the R’Garden (Community Garden) Coordinator at the University of California, Riverside is responsible for the coordinating a 3 acre experiential agricultural educational space jointly under Agricultural Operations and the Office of Sustainability.  He currently coordinates outdoor educational programs, planting and distribution, K-12 activities and tours, as well as a team of student interns.

He received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences from UC Riverside. As a student he was co-authored a student referendum called the Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) that created a fund to support sustainability internships, grants, and solar projects on campus.  He was a Sustainable Agri-food Systems Fellow & Intern based out of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz.  He was part of Sustainable UCR and Cultivate R’Space, two student organizations that made the R’Garden a reality.  He has also received a Permaculture Design Certificate from Quail Springs.

Meet our new GCAP Interns for 2016-2017

Amanda Sze
Amanda Sze
GCAP Outreach and Communications Intern

I'm currently a third year Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. I'm involved on campus as the Vice President of Alumni Relations for Alpha Kappa Psi and I also work at the Behavioral Economics and Decision-making Lab as Professor Li's research assistant. I became interested in sustainability when I realized the large impact that we could make by just changing one behavior. As the GCAP Outreach and Communications intern, I hope to help increase the attention to sustainability efforts on campus.

Evelyn Hurtado-Doppenberg
Evelyn Hurtado-Doppenberg
Green Lab Team Leader and LEED Intern

I am a Senior majoring in Sustainability Studies and Political Science. I am on the Leadership Board for the Global Issues Forum, Co-President of Cultivate R'Space, and a member of the Environmental Science Club and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Student Chapter. I’m interested in global climate change and its political intersections such as climate migration and displacement, environmental justice and water and food security. I plan on pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science and another in Environmental Sustainability where I see myself implementing community gardens in public schools and libraries, developing education curricula and engaging in diplomatic efforts to aid climate refugees and war-fleeing immigrants. I wear several hats at the Office of Sustainability. I am the Team Leader for the Green Lab Program which incentivizes recycling and energy efficiency practices for laboratories at UCR. I also work on LEED EBOM Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance), and finally I am a Climate and Sustainability Education Resource Library (CSERL) Student Ambassador, a program designed to increase collaboration and faculty engagement among UC educators and incorporate climate change and sustainability into curriculum. I hope to gain a working understanding and proficiency in LEED certification and Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) while interning at the Office of Sustainability and I look forward to my work within the Green Lab Program as I’ve learned so much and it allows me a scientific understanding of energy, water, and waste diversion.

Michelle Chen
Michelle Chen
Green Lab Team Member

I am a second year Environmental Science major who has been fostering an interest in Environmental and Chemical Engineering. I envision myself conjuring up technical solutions for leading environmental issues, and my position as a Green Lab Intern will prompt me towards this direction. During my internship, I will be collecting energy, waste, and water audits in selected campus laboratories to monitor our environmental impact in laboratories. I plan to ardently seek ways to reduce our carbon footprint in our beloved laboratories and will readily share essential tips with you all! Aside from working with the Office of Sustainability, I am also an active member of Beta Phi Delta, a co-ed community service fraternity, and a few Christian fellowships on campus. 

Brenda Saldana
Brenda Saldana
GCAP Communications and Reporting Intern

I am a third year Psychology and Gender & Sexuality studies double major. The main organizations I'm involved with are La Familia and QTPOC, which center queer and trans people color as well as provide a safe space to explore, support, and educate ourselves and the community on issues that affect the intersections of our identities, e.g. homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism. I'm interested in making sustainability accessible to poor communities of color that are disproportionately and systemically affected by various environmental issues such as food deserts and toxic chemicals. As an intern at the Office of Sustainability I manage and highlight our presence on social media, actively update the Office of Sustainability's website, as well as assist in the reporting of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), which measures our college's sustainability performance.

Maylee Wong
Maylee Wong
GCAP Graphic Designer

I am currently a second year pre-business major with an interest in
concentrating on marketing. I'm involved on campus as the designer for
the Chinese Student Association and the marketing committee of ASUCR. I
recently sparked an interest in sustainability after reading countless
articles about global issues such as climate change and food stability.
As an intern for the Office of Sustainability, I will be designing
graphics to help market and raise the performance of UC Riverside's
sustainability efforts. 

Nick Mammone
Nick Mammone
R'Garden Intern

I am a fourth year geology major. I also currently work as a lab assistant in the geology department and I am a board member for the Geology Student Organization. Given that this is my third year interning at the R'Garden, I hope to help encourage sustainable practices among the community and promote the R'Garden as a resource for the growing issues of food insecurity and inaccessibility within the university. At the garden, we are always working on providing workshops rooted in sustainable gardening practices, maintaining our crops which regularly get donated to students and the community, and organizing the use of our free community plots where anyone can have a space to learn and grow their food.

Brayan Cruz
Brayan Cruz
R'Garden Intern

I am a third year double majoring in Ethnic Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. My parents and I migrated from Mexico City in the mid 90's and have resided in Southern California for the past 20 years. I am currently an intern in the R'Garden and focus on actively connecting Sustainability politics and practices with other theoretical works. As an immigrant's right activist I advocate for a critical framework towards sustainability. In my work I research how race, class, gender, and citizenship correlate with food justice. Some of my focus areas of studies are critical race theory, queer of color critique, borderlands theory, and native feminism. My passion is education and I plan on pursuing a career in that field. Using experiential education I hope to teach Ethnic Studies in K-12.

Leeann Tran
Leeann Tran
R'Garden Intern

I am a second year Pre-Business student with a minor in Urban and Environmental Policy. I work as an assistant for the Science, Law, and Humanities department at the UCR Extension Center, and am the president of the Undergraduate Business Association and a proud brother in Delta Sigma Pi. Although I can't remember how it began, my devotion to environmental work and sustainability has always been one of the constant passions throughout my life. I rediscover this love every time I find myself in nature, which is why I hope to pursue a career in green business. As a GCAP intern, I hope our efforts in the R'Garden will help us create a safe and inviting space while helping alleviate community issues such as food deserts and food insecurity.



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Sustainability
University Village
1223 University Avenue, Suite 200P

Tel: (951) 827-1270
Fax: (951) 827-3890