Green is the New Black

LEED certified buildings and sustainability taking forefront at UC Riverside campus

UC Riverside celebrated Earth Day by marking the certification of Glen Mor as a LEED Gold Community.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Not many would get excited about an expansion of a Campus Apartment on the University of California, Riverside campus. But build that facility with recycled materials, all the latest water management, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly features and you might grab some folks’ attention. That’s exactly what UC Riverside decided to do.

Glen Mor, phase2, the latest housing addition on the UCR campus, celebrated its LEED Gold Certification on Earth Day. It’s the first residential and dining facility with the LEED certification – making us the largest LEED Gold group property among all the other UC campuses. What does LEED mean? Well, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a certification program focused on sustainable buildings and based on a points system where facilities receive points based on meeting environmentally friendly criteria. LEED certification can be achieved in new building projects or for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). Glen Mor, phase 1, opened in 2007, achieved the LEED Gold for EBOM certification in December 2014. When well-maintained, the buildings will produce fewer waste products and are more energy efficient than they would otherwise be.

The certification was unveiled by Andy Plumley, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining, & Residential Services.

The certification was unveiled by Andy Plumley, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining, & Residential Services.

“It’s very impressive,” said Jean Weiss, a Riverside community member. “I love the multi-aspects of it all – the landscaping, parking structure, the market, it’s very scenic and at the same time conductive for the studious mindset,” she explained.

The certification was unveiled by Andy Plumley, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining, & Residential Services.

“Obtaining LEED Gold certification along with being the largest LEED Gold Group Property is quite a milestone for UCR,” said Plumley. “Housing, Dining & Residential Services is proud of the Glen Mor project and thankful for our dedicated campus partners (Architects & Engineers, Capital Program, Environmental Health & Safety, Transportation & Parking Services, Computing & Communications) who contributed greatly to help us reach this achievement.”

The public was given the opportunity to tour the new facility. Eric Shuler, Assistant Director of Facilities Management gave one of three tours around the new UCR Campus Apartment, highlighting the sustainable features, which include:

  • Rock landscaping: to minimize water use.
  • Solar panels: used for heating the water and building.
  • Furniture: all made in the U.S. and out of sustainably harvested and manufactured wood.
  • Appliances: all Energy Star rated.
  • Irrigation: controlled system, when it rains the system will automatically shut-off.
  • Lighting: interior is automatically dimmed and brightened according to existing ambient light. Exterior is energy-saving LED.
UCR is the largest LEED Gold group property among all the other UC campuses.

UCR is the largest LEED Gold group property among all the other UC campuses.

Housing, Dining & Residential Services will continue to develop a robust energy and sustainability program for UCR. The efforts will include:

  1. Building level energy and sustainability improvements to meet or exceed LEED Gold standards, UCOP standards and State requirements.
  2. Pursue additional LEED EBOM Certifications.
  3. Pursue minimum of LEED Gold on all new building projects.
  4. Develop programs for residents to educate on how they may contribute to the sustainability of their living environment.

Housing, Dining & Residential Services ultimate sustainability goal is to provide an optimized, balanced, living and learning experience with the least amount of impact on the environment.

Apartments are furnished with American made products.

Apartments are furnished with American made products.

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