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Living the Promise: Sustainability & Environmental Research

The Sustainability program seeks the continuous improvement in the quality of all environments affected by the University of California Riverside.


John Cook
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
(951) 827-1270

Delphine Faugeroux
Senior Science Advisor
(951) 827-1329

Jenny Low
Sustainability Specialist
(951) 827-7376

Ruby Gonzalez
LEED Analyst
(951) 827-6951

Office of Sustainability Coordinator: John Cook (Bio)

John Cook took his position as the Coordinator of Sustainability at UCR on November 8, 2010. Prior to his position at UCR, John received his Ph.D. in performance studies at Northwestern University, and worked for many years as a teacher at the Bogaziçi and Koç universities in Istanbul, Turkey; Northwestern University; Ohio University; and Columbia College in Chicago. After his years teaching, he attended the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco to earn his M.B.A. degree in sustainable management. After working in sustainability at Chicago and Washington D.C., Cook took the role as Sustainability Coordinator at the University of California Riverside.

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 and natural capital of the planet as it meets the needs of various populations around the globe. (Office of Sustainability)

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