Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Francis Mitalo
Submission Date April 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Cool Campus Challenge

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :
In 2014 UCR participated in the Cool City Challenge, partnering with the City of Riverside, documenting personal carbon emissions from energy usage and transportation and promoting behavior changes to reduce the City's carbon emissions. Due UCR's participation, Riverside won the title of Coolest City in California in 2014. In 2015 the University of California redesigned the Cool City Challenge to make it more relevant for a campus to campus challenge. For 10 weeks all of the UC campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Office of President competed against each other to see how many pledges, activities and campus engagement moments they could document and perform.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
1,179 people from UCR participated in the competition accruing 2,668,020 points. UCR had five participants in the top 10 point earners.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum ---
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings ---
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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