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Cool Campus Challege

 What is it? 

A friendly challenge designed to educate and motivate the University of California, Riverside campus residents to take simple energy-saving, waste-reducing,  sustainability-focused actions and events to lower their carbon footprint.

Climate change, driven by the release of gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (primarily from burning of fossil fuels), is impacting the planet's ecosystem and weather patterns at an accelerated rate. Human behavior is primarily responsible for affecting climate change.

The Solution

Studies have shown that increased education and awareness driven by external motivators and rewards help to encourage behavioral shifts. The Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) is an online learning experience for students living on the UC Riverside campus to encourage ecological footprint reduction actions, participate in climate action events and create a culture of sustainability. 

Challenge Specifics

Each week, the Cool Campus Challenge team will highlight suggested actions that participants can take and earn points for the themselves and their residences.

  • Participate as an individual to earn points for yourself and your residence.
  • Top students and residences are eligible to win awards and recognitions.
  • Share efforts on social media using #UCRCoolCampusChallenge to be featured.
  • Learn more and get involved at on campus education and outreach events.

Who can participate?

The 2022-2023 CCC program will focus on students living on campus and thereafter expanded to students on the entire campus. 

Where will it take place?

UC Riverside and participating climate action partners in the community, including non profit organizations.

When is it?

Fall 2022 (planning), winter and spring 2023 (launch and implementation).