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The Sites focus area covers a range of topics that speak to the design and maintenance of UCR’s grounds, landscaping, and hardscapes. The content for this section is based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, which emphasizes a core set of site issues within the Sustainable Sites credit category. Maintaining continuity with the LEED program provides UCR with a framework for considering site topics that is consistent with a well-established and nationally-recognized program.

  • All new landscaping projects incorporate native and drought-resistant plants to conserve water and reduce the need for fertilizing.
  • Landscape Design & Maintenance: In 1980 UCR installed a computer-based irrigation system to manage its water use.
  • UCR uses precision nozzles to reduce the water needed for irrigation.
  • UCR is finalizing its Integrated Pest Management Policy to include the best sustainability practices and products where possible.
  • Two refurbished parking lots will have pervious pavement to assist in managing storm-water run-off and heat island effects.
  • All parking lots are being reconfigured to provide at least 50% shade from trees and structures.
  • UCR provides pedestrian and bike pathways to ensure easy access for non-vehicle travel.
  • Plans are underway to obtain a sustainable space to situate a community garden on campus.
  • All roof coverings for new and refurbished building are white or high albeto rated.


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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

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