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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.

Our Organizational Chart

 Sustainability Org Chart


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.
Ruby A. Gonzalez-Jimenez

Ruby A. Gonzalez-Jimenez

LEED AP Analyst

(951) 827-6951

Mrs. Gonzalez-Jimenez, as the LEED AP Analyst for the Office of Sustainability is responsible for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project & documentation management for New Construction (NC) and Existing Building Operation and Management (EBOM) projects for the University of California, Riverside.  She currently coordinates over twelve (12) LEED projects using 2010 LEED Application Guide for Multiple Buildings & On-Campus Building Projects (AGMBC). Additionally, she manages LEED Interns and coordinates with them to execute all LEED EBOM projects.

Prior to joining UC Riverside, Mrs. Gonzalez-Jimenez worked as a Project Manager for Expedient Energy LLC, where she was responsible for all sustainability programs including LEED project management, energy conservation, building commissioning and measurement and verifications projects.

Mrs. Gonzalez-Jimenez holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Merced and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Operations and Maintenance (LEED AP O+M).  

Delphine Faugeroux

Delphine Faugeroux

Senior Science Advisor

(951) 827-7376

Mrs. Faugeroux, as the Senior Science Advisor for the Office of Sustainability is responsible for the feasibility study, implementation and review of the Green Lab Program at the University of California, Riverside. She currently audits energy use of lab equipment, implements lab waste recycling and leads water saving action.

Additionally to leading the Green Lab Program for UCR, Mrs. Faugeroux teaches Environmental Science at Everest College, Ontario, for Associate and Batchelor students.

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.

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 2014-2015

Eileen Lek
Eileen Lek
Recycling Intern


I am a second year Environmental Science Major and an avid enthusiast of everything related to the environment. Currently, I am interested in the environmental health aspect of public health but I am also open to other possible career options. In addition to this internship, I am also the Treasurer for QAAPI and most likely, you can find me performing at the events hosted by the Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP).

As the GCAP Recycling Intern working under the Office of Sustainability, I have had the opportunity of collaborating with multiple campus departments to develop sustainability programs and more recently, to coordinate volunteers for our tree plantings. I have also been able to work alongside the other interns in planning for major campus-wide events, such as RecycleMania and Earth Week. Through these activities, my hope is to engage and empower students in creating the change that they want to see on this campus.

Priya Gandhi
Priya Gandhi
Waste Leader


I am a third year Political Science Major. I have been involved with Mock Trial on campus, as well as Lobby Corp and the Judicial Branch for ASUCR. I hope to become an environmental lawyer with a focus on public health issues.

Last Quarter I was a GCAP Recycling Intern, now I am a Waste Leader. I am thrilled to be back and working for the Office of Sustainability. The difference Sustainability can make on student behavior changes is impressive. The projects I work on include collecting data from waste audits to greening events; my work is fun but also very helpful in making our campus more sustainable. My goal is to continue with different waste initiatives to make UCR a greener campus this year. 

Xavier Hernandez
Xavier Hernandez
LEED Intern


I am a second year Mechanical Engineering Major. I am a member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. My main goal is to be part of the most sustainable city in the world.

Working as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Intern has been an enjoyable experience. My job is to assist with the LEED certification progress for Glen Mor 2. I am learning about the different components associated with designing and building a green building.  The Office of Sustainability is very important to UCR and the work I am doing is worthwhile.

Memphis Huff
Memphis Huff
Events Leader


I am a senior Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Computer Science. I am involved in Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, NSBE, and Katipunan. My goals aside from graduating are to become more involved within each of my respective organizations and help them become more recognized on campus.

My first year working with sustainability involved a lot of hands-on projects such as waste/water audits. This year I have the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and work within a team with varying skill sets.

Alannah Le Blac
Alannah Le Blac
R’Garden Intern


I am a third-year student studying Foreign Languages and Literature; my concentrations are in French, German, and Arabic. I have a deep passion for the welfare of people and Mama Earth.

I love working as an intern in the R'Garden. Nothing has brought me more fulfillment than digging my fingers in the dirt behind Lot 30 and taking care of new life.

I am particularly interested in developing social enterprises geared to suit a coalition of humanitarianism and environmentalism. 

Tracy Walters
Tracey Walters
R’Garden Team Leader


I am a senior Psychology Major.  I am truly grateful for all the experiences and skills working for the Office of Sustainability have gifted me. My various roles include co-president of Sustainable UCR, member of the GCAP committee (helped pass the referendum last year), R’Garden Team Leader, and Research Assistant in Dr. Tuppett Yates’ Adversity and Adaptation Lab in the Psychology Department. In my final year I hope to achieve amazing things, such as, help make a farmers market and food pantry a reality for the students on campus - I want to engage and empower students to know they have a right to these resources. In the garden, my biggest goal is to succeed in building an aquaponics greenhouse - to spread knowledge about modern organic agriculture systems.

I couldn’t have enjoyed my experience in the Office of Sustainability any more than I do now - mostly due to the hands on assignments in the garden. I enjoy working hard on my projects, whether it’s prepping the beds for the community plots or collecting cabbage loopers. I feel like a kid, playing gardener outside. But playing aside, I’ve learned critical concepts surrounding food systems and food security. I hope to do what I can to help work towards solutions. 

Nick Mammone
Nick Mammone
R’Garden Team Member

I am a second year Biology Major. My experience working for the Office of Sustainability has been exciting. I enjoy contributing to the preservation of our environment and work in a place as unique as the R'Garden. The projects I work on vary from day to day and the satisfaction that comes along with benefiting UCR and the community truly makes being a GCAP intern quite rewarding. 

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