The Top: Ways that UCR is Environmentally Friendly—Part 2

Happy Earth Day!

UCR Dining buys produce from the R’Garden, and uses it in meals served on campus, putting money directly back into UCR. Photo By: Patrick ONeil

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events. In celebration of Earth Day today, we are once again presenting the ways that UCR is creating and maintaining a clean, green campus environment. UCR does so much in terms of sustainability that we just had to make another feature!

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

1. LEED-Certified Buildings

In 2012, UCR earned its first LEED award—a LEED Gold certificate—for the  School of Medicine Research Building. Photo by: Ross French

In 2012, UCR earned its first LEED award — a LEED Gold certificate — for the School of Medicine Research Building. Photo by: Ross French

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a nationally recognized benchmark for cost-efficient and energy-saving buildings, overseen by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. The University of California requires all new construction and major renovations to earn at least a LEED Silver certification. Since fall 2015, UCR has 16 LEED-certified buildings.

2. Pedals Bike Shop and Do-It-Yourself Repair Station

With the Pedals Bike Shop and "Fix-It" Stations, UCR prides itself as a bike friendly campus. Photo By: Bethanie Le

With the Pedals Bike Shop and Fix-It Stations, UCR prides itself as a bike friendly campus. Photo By: Bethanie Le

Cycling is not only a healthier alternative to driving but it also leaves a smaller carbon footprint. That is why UCR prides itself as a bike friendly campus. Located in Parking Lot 19, Pedals Shop provides students with bike repairs at discounted prices, advice on how to do self-repairs, and bike, scooter or skateboard parts and accessories. Pedals Shop is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. UCR also has fix-it stations, yellow units that store all the tools and resources that one would need to do basic bike repair, at A-I, Lothian and Parking Services that are available to students 24 hours-a-day.

3. Highlander Blend Coffee

Guatemalan farmer filling  water jugs to take back to village.

Guatemalan farmer filling water jugs to take back to village.

UCR Dining Services continually strives to improve on its sustainability efforts and meet the University of California, Office of the President’s (UCOP) sustainability guidelines, and in terms of coffee that means — fair trade, Rainforest alliance, shade-grown or organic-certified.

With every purchase of UCR’s Highlander Blend Coffee, a difference is being made in a developing country as UCR Dining Services allocates 15 cents per pound of coffee purchased to give residents of Jumaytepeque, Guatamala better access to drinking water. Java City matches UCR Dining Services’ 15 cents per pound in addition to convincing its importing and exporting partners to generate a total of 60 cents per pound to fund the project. Between the commitments of UCR, Java City and its partners, more than $120,000 has been raised to help the Jumaytepeque community.

Read more at: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/28193

4. UCR FarmShare

Dana Taylor picks up her produce at  the inaugural FarmShare event. Photo By: Mojgan Sherkat

Dana Taylor picks up her produce at the inaugural FarmShare event. Photo By: Mojgan Sherkat

Growing your own food is more sustainable than purchasing from a market, where the produce needs to be packaged and transported. UCR FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program designed to bring fresh seasonal fruits, veggies, and herbs straight from local farms to the university. Participants subscribe to UCR FarmShare and pick up their fresh produce weekly at the Market at Glen Mor.

For more information on the program and how to register, check out this flier:
https://wellness.ucr.edu/UCR%20FarmShare%20Flyer%20with%20instructions.pdf

5. Free Bus Rides

In partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), UCR provides all its students, faculty and staff who have a UCR Card access to public transportation. Photo By: Bethanie Le

In partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), UCR provides all its students, faculty and staff who have a UCR Card access to public transportation. Photo By: Bethanie Le

Public transportation saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. In partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), UCR provides all its students, faculty and staff who have a UCR Card access to public transportation. The UCR Card serves as a bus pass in any RTA fixed-route in Riverside County for free.

6. UCR Compost

UCR Dining buys produce from the R’Garden, and uses it in meals served on campus, putting money directly back into UCR. Photo By: Patrick ONeil

UCR Dining buys produce from the R’Garden, and uses it in meals served on campus, putting money directly back into UCR. Photo By: Patrick ONeil

Leftover food at UCR does not go to waste. Instead, at the end of each day, it goes to Inland Harvest, a non-profit organization committed to transporting surplus food to established charitable feeding programs in the Inland Empire. Also, in partnership of UCR’s Office of Sustainability with UCR Dining Services, the dehydrated food waste serves as compost to the R’Garden, a space for students, faculty, and staff to grow fresh produce while learning about social, environmental, and economical sustainability. UCR Dining also buys produce from the R’Garden and uses the produce in meals served on campus, putting money directly back into UCR.

Earth Day Event Schedule

Wednesday, April 22

Butt Bash Clean-up — 9–11 a.m. in front of the campus store

Help maintain UCR’s smoke-free campus by volunteering to put used cigarette butts in the trash!

Built From Scratch — 11 a.m.–noon at the bell tower

Channel your inner competitive spirit and creativity to build a sustainable structure in the center of campus. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

Glen Mor 2 Tour — 12:30–1:40 p.m. at Glen Mor 2

Learn more about UCR’s LEED Buildings and Glen Mor 2, the newest residential building.

ASPB — noon–1 p.m. at the bell tower

Have some fun with the UCR Associated Students Program Board (ASPB).

Food Initiative — 1–2 p.m. at the bell tower

Learn more about food initiatives on campus and about the future food pantry coming soon.

Dining — 1–2 p.m. at the bell tower

Discover the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) FarmShare and taste UCR Dining’s veggie tacos!

CHASS Distinguished Research Lecture — 2:30 p.m. at INTS 1128

Carl Cranor,distinguished professor of philosophy and faculty member of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, will speak on “How Law and Science
Foster Ignorance and Injustice about Toxicants: Toward a Humanistic Solution.”

Water Game — 2–3 p.m. at the bell tower

Come and play the water game and you will learn more about water conservation in a drought situation and what you can do to save water!

R’Garden Tour — 3 p.m. at the bell tower

If you haven’t been to the UCR Community Garden or “R’Garden,” this can be your opportunity to check it out! Meet at the bell tower for the R’Garden Tour!

Saturday, April 25

Dig ‘N’ Dance — 5–7 p.m. at the UCR Community Garden (Lot 30)

Free event for the whole community featuring live music, free food, earthen bench building, rock climbing, and demonstrations of the solar generator built, operated, and maintained by UCR students. There will also be a chance to pick and take home the ripening Valencia oranges!

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