The Top: Ways that UCR is an Environmentally Friendly University

A list of ways how UCR is creating a cleaner, greener campus setting

Growing your own food is more sustainable than purchasing from a market, where the produce needs to be packaged and transported. With R’Garden, the UCR population can choose what to plant and get fresh results. Photo Courtesy of: UCR Community Garden

Welcome to Inside UCR’s newest feature, The Top!

Each issue, we’re presenting a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites— from walking spots to  gardens to events.

This week we are featuring the ways that UCR is leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Through the university’s continuous commitment to sustainability, there is no question as to why UCR is recognized as one of the top green colleges in North America.

If you have a favorite spot you’d like featured or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu.

1. Hydration Stations

The filtered water station at Aberdeen-Inverness Residence Hall. Photo by: Ross French

The filtered water station at Aberdeen-Inverness Residence Hall. Photo by: Ross French

Summer’s coming up, and along with it, the Riverside heat. With that in mind, it is important to stay hydrated. Conveniently, UCR’s hydration stations can fulfill all of your H2O needs. Supplying fresh, filtered water into the drinking container of your choice, the hydration stations, ultimately, serve to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used and thrown away.

2. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The electric-vehicle charging stations was installed as part of the CE-CERT's "New Grid" project.  Photo By: James Grant

The electric-vehicle charging stations was installed as part of the CE-CERT’s “New Grid” project. Photo By: James Grant

UCR has eight electric-vehicle charging stations located in parking lots 1, 6, 15, and 30. The charging stations give any driver with a valid parking permit the option of charging their cars for $1 per hour for the first four hours, and $3 per hour thereafter.

3. Solar-Powered Benches

Thanks to GCAP, solar-powered benches that feature outlets to power devices gives UCR students a place to recharge. Photo By: Ross French

Thanks to GCAP, solar-powered benches that feature outlets to power devices give UCR students a place to recharge. Photo By: Ross French

13 environmentally-friendly solar charging stations that double as canopied, café-style tables, provide students with more opportunities to plug in their wireless devices. Six of the Solar Charging Stations are installed near  Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, two at the R’Garden, and another five at various high-traffic sites around the campus.

4. R’Garden

Growing your own food is more sustainable than purchasing from a market, where the produce needs to be packaged and transported. With R'Garden, the UCR population can choose what to plant and get fresh results. Photo Courtesy of: UCR Community Garden

Growing your own food is more sustainable than purchasing from a market, where the produce needs to be packaged and transported. With R’Garden, the UCR population can choose what to plant and get fresh results. Photo Courtesy of: UCR Community Garden

UCR’s community garden, dubbed “R’Garden,” is adjacent to Parking Lot 30 and is located near the corner of Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard. It is a space for campus community members to grow fresh fruits and vegetables while learning about social, environmental, and economic sustainability. The three-acre garden also serves as a hub for community-based research programs and service-learning opportunities around environmental education and interdisciplinary courses.

5. Solar Farm

When completed, UCR’s solar farm will be the largest at any UC campus. Photo Courtesy Of: UCR Physical Plant

When completed, UCR’s solar farm will be the largest at any UC campus. Photo Courtesy Of: UCR Physical Plant

Partnering with SunPower Corp., UCR is scheduled to complete installing a solar farm on 10.92 acres of West Campus by July. It will generate about 3 megawatts of energy–about 30 percent of the campus’s base load on a daily basis. The campus will use 100 percent of the power generated by the solar farm. With the addition of the solar farm, the projected savings to the university is said to be $4.3 million over the length of the 20-year contract.

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