Office of Sustainability

at UC Riverside

UC Riverside is committed to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025, using a combination of infrastructure solutions and operational strategies to get there.

  • COOL CAMPUS CHALLENGE 2019

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    The Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly 4-week challenge designed to educate and motivate the University of California campus community to take simple energy-saving, waste reducing and sustainability-focused actions to lower their carbon footprint and help the UC system reach carbon neutrality by 2025. 

    Sign up & start reducing emissions today.

To achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, we need to expand our energy efficiency efforts and dramatically increase the use of energy from renewable sources. Along with our efforts, needed items include numerous LED lighting conversions, HVAC upgrades, and research equipment replacements to improve energy efficiencies and reduce energy consumption. In the past, UCR has added over 3.5 MW of solar, and plans to expand to over 13 MW (megawatts). The solar - coupled with thermal energy storage and battery storage - will significantly help in the cost of the campus' electric load. 

GHG emission sources include non‐residential buildings, residential buildings, on‐site and off‐site transportation, and agricultural research activities. The three "scopes" for GHG accounting and reporting purposes are defined below:
Scope 1 – Direct Emissions: emissions generated by on‐campus stationary combustion of fossil fuels, mobile combustion of fossil fuels by institution owned/controlled vehicles, and fugitive emissions
(natural gas combustion, campus fleet, refrigeration)
Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions (electricity): emissions generated in the production of electricity consumed by the institution (purchased electricity and/or purchased steam)
Scope 3 – Indirect Emissions (other): Other indirect emissions generated by institution‐related activities (business air travel, student commute, faculty/staff commute).


Key Contribution Areas:

  • Energy Services
  • Applied Research
  • Campus and Medical center climate action plans
  • Sustainability Policy
  • Faculty/Student Engagement
  • Health and Science services
  • Financial Strategies
  • Communications and Political Advocacy

Upcoming Events

Gleaners For Good
Gleaners For Good: January 25th & 27th
January 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am
Riverside Food Rescue Riverside, California
Join Gleaners for Good as we glean fruit from the trees of Riverside City residences! Residents are able to contact us if they have excess fruit on their fruit trees that normally go to waste. Gleaners for Good collects the fruit right off the tree & delivers the fruit to Feeding America, Riverside’s food bank & other…
Gleaners For Good: Jan. 19th
Gleaners For Good: January 19th
January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Riverside Food Rescue Program Riverside California
     "Join Gleaners for Good as we glean fruit from the trees of Riverside City residences! Residents are able to contact us if they have excess fruit on their fruit trees that normally go to waste. Gleaners for Good collects the fruit right off the tree & delivers the fruit to Feeding America, Riverside’s food bank &…

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