UCR Recognized With ‘Hero’ and ‘Beautification’ Awards

The 2016 Riverside Hero Award was a joint recognition to UCR, the City of Riverside, and Riverside County for working together to bring the California Air Resources Board from El Monte to Riverside

(Left to right): Assistant County Executive Officer with Riverside County Rob Field; Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries; Riverside Mayor William ‘Rusty’ Bailey; UC Riverside Chief of Staff for the Office of Research and Economic Development Rebeccah Goldware; and Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Board Chairman Howard Saner, pose after receiving the Hero Award on Jan. 19, 2017, during the 40th annual Riverside State of the City Address. courtesy city of riverside

During the 40th annual State of the City Address on Jan. 19, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce recognized UC Riverside’s contributions to the region with the “Hero,” and the “Beautification” awards.

The 2016 Riverside Hero Award was a joint recognition to UCR, the City of Riverside, and Riverside County for working together to bring a California Air Resources Board (ARB) motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to Riverside. The Air Resources Board will construct the new facility on an 18-acre site owned by UCR off Iowa Avenue, near Martin Luther King Boulevard. This represents a $366 million investment into the community and 400 incoming knowledge-based jobs in the Inland Empire.

The collective vision and action to help bring ARB is an example of partnership and collaboration  to better the future of Riverside, said Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Board Chairman Howard Saner.

“What defined our chances and separated us from the competition is the partnership, teamwork, and sense of pride shared by the city, county, UC Riverside, and our business community at large,” Saner said.

Rebeccah Goldware, chief of staff for the Office of Research and Economic Development accepted the Hero Award on behalf of UCR.

In addition, at the same ceremony, the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful initiative awarded UCR a third place “Beautification Award” for the newly constructed Environmental Health and Safety Building (EH&S) and its surrounding landscaping. The new building is a 30,000-square-foot edifice that sits at the end of Linden Street and houses five departments charged with the safety operations of the campus.

Blythe Wilson, principal project manager with UCR’s Architects and Engineers, accepted the Beautification Award, which was created to “recognize the businesses and institutions that best represent the spirit of keeping Riverside beautiful,” said Connie Librenjak of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.

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