UC Riverside to Host Earth Week Activities

Annual celebration of the environment will include campus tours and information on sustainability efforts

“Earth Week gives us the opportunity to share the efforts taking place at UC Riverside in regards to sustainability,” said Director of Sustainability John Cook. Photo Courtesy of: UC Riverside Community Garden

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Students, staff and faculty at University of California, Riverside, are invited to learn about the Earth, its environment, and what we can do to protect it during the annual Earth Week celebration. Earth Day itself is Wednesday, April 22, but events run through Saturday, April 25.

All events are open to the campus community and the public.

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

“Earth Week gives us the opportunity to share the efforts taking place at UC Riverside in regards to sustainability, but also to show what people can do on their own,” said Director of Sustainability John Cook. “One person can make a difference and little things do add up.”

Green Efforts Recognized by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges 2015 Edition, has recognized the University of California, Riverside as one of the top green colleges in the nation. UCR’s received a green rating of 94 points out of a possible 99, and has appeared in the guide in each of the six years it has been published.

“UCR is proud to have been included once again in Princeton Review Green College Guide – our sixth year in a row to make it,” said Cook. “We really want to intensify our efforts by expanding on our curriculum and research, and some day getting a full-fledged major going.”

The university identified nine areas of campus sustainability: academics, buildings, energy and climate, food, procurement, recycling and waste management, sites, transportation, and water. In those nine areas, our campus is maintaining aggressive initiatives. For example, many buildings on campus have been retrofitted to be more energy-efficient, a storm and water management system is being finalized, and shifting to organic fertilizer, just to name a few.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on “Green Rating” scores that were tallied in 2014, using data from a 2013-2014 survey of school administrators at nearly 1,000 four-year colleges across the United States and Canada. Survey data included the schools’ sustainability-related policies, practiced and programs. Schools with a rating of 83 or higher made it into the guide.

“Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “We strongly recommend the schools in this guide to environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges.”

Box of produce from UCR's FarmShare program.

Box of produce from UCR’s FarmShare program.

Earth Day Event Schedule

Wednesday, April 22

  • Butt Bash Clean-Up: 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will help maintain UCR’s smoke-free campus by collecting and counting cigarette butts in the trash.
  • Built From Scratch: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Bell Tower. The campus community will build a sustainable structure in the center of the campus. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
  • Glen Mor 2 Tour: 12:30-1:40 p.m. at Glen Mor 2. The campus holds a celebration of its newest LEED building, Glen Mor 2, the newest residential hall on campus.
  • Food Initiative: 1-2 p.m. at the Bell Tower. Discussion of the food initiatives on campus and the future food pantry coming soon.
  • Dining: 1-2 p.m. at the Bell Tower.  A chance to learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) FarmShare and taste UCR’s Dining 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. The importance water conservation during California’s unprecedented drought, and how to achieve a 25% water reduction.
  • R’Garden Tour: 3 p.m. at the Bell Tower. Tours of the UCR Community garden.

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, as well as 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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