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About Us

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) 827-1329

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 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 2015-2016

John Pham
John Pham
Design Intern

John Pham is a first year electrical engineering student. He is involved in many on campus activities such as ASUCR, IEEE, ASME, and is a founding member of the entrepreneurship club. His main goals are to apply what he knows in a medium that is wide reaching and to become well versed in many disciplines.

John Pham
Eileen Lek
Green Lab Team Leader

My name is Eileen Lek and I am currently a 3rd year Environmental Science major with a concentration in Environmental Toxicology. For research laboratories interested in becoming more sustainable and efficient, the Office of Sustainability provides the Green Lab Certification Program. As the Green Lab Team Leader, I have been involved with conducting weekly audits in several of the major research buildings on campus. Currently, my hope is that we can expand this program to the undergraduate teaching labs. With this program, undergraduate students can be exposed to the idea that sustainability should an intrinsic part of everything that we do and that it is not just limited to recycling plastic water bottles.

John Pham
Hannah Benson
Green Lab Team Member

I am a 3rd year Media & Cultural Studies major and Political Science minor interested in developing sustainable perspectives through media and outreach programs. I've been working with the Office of Sustainability since the first quarter of my Freshman year at UCR, and my duties have ranged from leading sustainability presentations in dorm halls to managing the styrofoam recycling program in UCR's labs. In my spare time, I'm usually hiking, watching movies, or on 88.3 KUCR (UCR's radio station). After UCR I plan on working in the music industry or as a music supervisor for independent film projects.

John Pham
Claudia Villegas
R'Garden Intern

I am a 4th year Psychology Major. I am a research assistant in Dr. Friedman's Lab, a Spanish tutor, and a Global Food Initiative Fellow working on the program Seeds and Trees-uses workshops to educate low-income communities on healthy eating habits and sustainability practices. I am primarily interested in finding solutions to food insecurity among local communities. One of my goals as a senior is to close the knowledge gap between the university system and the surrounding low socioeconomic communities by opening up the public university and its resources to the community.

John Pham
Nick Mammone
R'Garden Intern

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.

John Pham
Brayan O. 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.

John Pham
Brenda Corona
LEED Team Leader

I am a senior majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Science. I am interested in environmental infrastructures and sustainable alternatives as a possible career option. I am a strong advocate for protecting the environment. Currently, I am the Chair of an awesome and young organization, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Student Chapter. If you wish to get involved, you can find our organization's information on Highlander Link. My experiences have lead me to many wonderful opportunities by volunteering on and off campus in Riverside and San Diego.

John Pham
Rushi Patel

I am a senior Electrical Engineering student. When I am not doing engineering work, I am either watching TV or playing basketball. I like to think that my life revolves around school and working out. My goal aside from graduating from UCR is to start a company of my own in a sub-discipline of Electrical Engineering. Currently I am working on a sumo robot project and taking my last set of Electrical Engineering classes, closing on a graduate date of June 2016.

John Pham
Pablo Hernandez
Green Lab Team Member

Currently, I am a third year Environmental Engineering major, Treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and a member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. My two passions in life are: Nature and soccer. I chose my major because I want to preserve, restore and improve the quality of our environment. I have been volunteering with the Office of Sustainability for about two quarters now and I am excited to take on more responsibilities, learn and grow. My main goal for before I graduate is to design and lead a project that promotes sustainability while incorporating what I've learned from my engineering classes.

John Pham
Carleen Rodriquez
Green Lab Team Member

I am a fourth year Economics major and also a big outdoor enthusiast. I often find myself exploring, hiking, camping in my free time, whether it be in the desert, mountains or near the ocean. My admiration for the outdoors has lead me to become a volunteer with the Office of Sustainability in order to help preserve our natural environment. As a Green Lab Team member, I help conduct waste audits and recycling in graduate level research labs. Through this program, we are able to educate researchers about creating a more sustainable future, not only on campus while they conduct experiments, but in the community as well. Also, it has been really exciting to meet and outreach with new people around school! While being an active volunteer, I hope to engage more people to become aware of the importance of sustainability in society and how we can continue to improve the quality of the environment.

John Pham
Josh Kreeger-Johnston
Green Lab Team Member

I am a fourth year history major here at UC Riverside and will definitely get into a long discussion if brought up. I have always appreciated nature and outdoor activities such as hiking, playing ball at the park, or simply taking a stroll in the woods. As a child, my mother continually insisted that I do more to recycle and leave a space better than how I found it, so naturally this carried over into my adulthood. It could be as simple as putting recyclables in the recycling can rather than the garbage can, or a bit more advanced like cutting up soda can plastic rings so they do not harm animals that could be caught in them. Either way, it feels good to know that I did my part in recovering the environment.

John Pham
Christine Nguyen
Green Lab Team Member

I am a third year environmental science major and a fervent advocate for the betterment of the earth by means of sustainability. In simple, I encourage others and try to do everything I can to help improve our environment, because we only have one earth to work with. Having developed a prominent interest in hydrology, I aspire to enter a graduate program to further my learning and eventually enter a career as a hydrologist.
I am excited to be spending another year with the Office of Sustainability, and look forward to helping make the science teaching labs go green! Interacting with an abundance of faculty and students on a day-to-day basis I believe we have the opportunity to take steps of sustainability here as a campus that will benefit the world for the future to come!

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