Who’s the Coolest of Them All?

UC Riverside to partake in systemwide UC competition to see who can lower their carbon footprint the most

The Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly competition that begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and runs through Dec. 10.

The Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly competition that begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and runs through Dec. 10.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside will participate in the Cool Campus Challenge, a systemwide UC event to get the word out about UC President Janet Napolitano’s carbon neutrality initiative.

“UC campuses are already leading the world in so many ways. Now we’re on our way to becoming the very first university system to wipe out our carbon footprint for good,” said President Napolitano. “It’s a daring goal, and one that we can only meet if we work together, which is why the Challenge is so important.”

The Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly competition that begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and will run through Dec. 10. Between all the UC campuses, the challenge aims to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students for reducing their carbon footprint in support of the UC system reach its Carbon Neutrality goals – as well as create a culture of sustainability across campus.

“While carbon neutrality may seem like a bold, even audacious goal, the time is now to make the efforts to slow down climate change and for UCR as a community to show its commitment to a sustainable and environmentally just future,” said John Cook, the director of sustainability at UCR.

Over the course of the campaign, different themes will be highlighted weekly , like turning off the lights in rooms that are not in use.

Over the course of the campaign, different themes will be highlighted weekly , like turning off the lights in rooms that are not in use.

How does it work? Participants will engage as individuals or teams, make pledges to participate in activities that reduce energy use, and earn prizes. Over the course of the campaign, different themes will be highlighted weekly and pushed through social media, email and other channels. Recommended activities include turning off the lights when you leave the room, turning off your computer at the end of the workday, or using public transportation. There will also be an effort to feature sustainability champions on each campus who are doing great things to encourage decarbonization.

In the spirit of competition, staff, faculty and students will have an opportunity to score points for their campus and department each time they complete one of the activities. Campuses with the most points will be eligible for raffle prizes, and the one with the most points accrued by the end of the Challenge will earn the title of “Coolest UC Campus.”

“Please join us in showing Highlander Spirit by signing up, taking a pledge and making it clear that UCR is the coolest campus in the UC system,” said Cook.

Participants can help promote the Challenge and track Challenge updates via social media using the hashtag #UCool. If you would like to participate, you can sign up for the Cool Campus Challenge at this website: www.coolcampuschallenge.org.

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