Green Your Scene


Green Your Scene


  6,000 People Making Progress  

Unite with staff and 6,000 residents to further efforts of energy utilization, recycling, conserving and choosing sustainable alternatives.

Unite with UC Riverside's staff and 6,000 residents to further UCR's efforts of energy utilization, recycling, conserving and choosing sustainable alternatives. UCR is a one of The Princeton Review's 322 Green Colleges.

Explore How We Live, Learn & Work.

Reducing Water Usage

Reduced-flow showerheads are installed at all facilities, and “waterless urinals” in some public restrooms, saving 270,000 gallons of water annually. Retrofitted walk-in freezers and coolers save 9,000 gallons a week.

ENERGY STAR Appliances

Housing units and kitchens are equipped with ENERGY STAR certified appliances. ENERGY STAR appliances reduce water waste and are energy efficient, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Trayless Dining & Proper Meal Portions

UCR’s Residential Restaurants save water and energy, reduce food waste, and lower dependency on cleansers by serving properly-portioned meals and removing trays.

Saving Hundreds of Thousands of Plastic Bottles

“Hydration Stations” found in Residence Halls allow residents to refill reusable water bottles, cutting out the need for single-use plastics.

Public Transportation

For getting around the city, students can ride Riverside Transit Agency buses for free by presenting their UCR student ID.

Cans, Glass, Paper

Recycling is available in common areas of Residence Halls and UCR Campus Apartments.

Lighting Fixtures

All housing facilities have compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy-saving fluorescent light fixtures.

"Green," Green Landscapes

We use climate-appropriate plants and a wireless irrigation system to maximize the efficiency of the landscape-watering program.

Campus-Wide

Unite with UC Riverside's staff and 6,000 residents to further UCR's efforts of energy utilization, recycling, conserving and choosing sustainable alternatives. Sustainability Across Campus

Focusing on nine interconnected areas with agressive initiatives, see how UC Riverside is working toward everyone’s sustainable future.


Meet Us Halfway

Small changes make a big difference. Choose a few of these alternatives and reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Edit on the computer before printing
  • Store files on portable drives
  • Use reusable lunch bags and coffee cups
  • Write short memos on small pieces of paper
  • Use undated, erasable wall calendars
  • Use refillable tape dispensers
  • Use reusable water bottles
  • Hydration Stations provide free, filtered water and are found outside of the Residential Restaurants
  • Unplug laptops, DVD players or other electronics when not in use
  • Use a power strip
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
  • Don’t keep the water running when doing dishes
  • Keep length of showers to a minimum
  • Determine if you really need a car on campus
  • Ride your bike – secure bike areas are located throughout our communities
  • Carpool when traveling long distances
  • Take advantage of the Zipcar program on campus

Saving energy reduces pollution. A simple way to save is by investing in energy-efficient products. Look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing these and other products for a Residence Hall room or UCR Campus Apartment:

  • Computers, laptops and monitors
  • External power adapters
  • Battery chargers
  • DVD players
  • TVs
  • Compact fluorescent lights
  • Residential light fixtures
  • Room air conditioners and air cleaners

Get the ENERGY STAR Activity Guide for more energy-efficient ideas.

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