Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.10
Liaison Francis Mitalo
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Riverside
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.47 / 5.00 Fortino Morales
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
-Social Entrepreneurship:
Department: Business; Focuses on the idea that business ought to have a triple bottom line which includes profitability, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. Social entrepreneurship primarily rests on the importance of social benefit, and the areas of market failure (vacuum) brought about by globalization. Students study how entrepreneurship, in the social context, seeks to change the world’s big patterns for the good of all. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/16483176/MGTX4211/SocialEntrepreneursh#sthash.QVIg2Ozo.dpuf

-Sustainability and the Built Environment:
Department: Business; This course examines the fundamentals of sustainable design and construction concepts and practices in context with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) as the basis for instruction. The principles, practices, and applications of integrated project delivery methodologies, sustainable construction applications, and current industry innovations in sustainability as it relates to the built environment will be emphasized. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/32894153/ENGRX4726/Sustainabilityandth#sthash.JeSvthCW.dpuf

-Tourism Destination Management:
Department: Business; Examines the concept of strategic, sustainable destination development from a management and marketing perspective. Destinations at various stages of the tourism destination life cycle will be explored at local and international levels, as well as in developed and developing countries. The role of public and private stakeholders, and their involvement and collaboration in policy, planning, and development of the destination's infrastructure and image, will be explored and analyzed. Visitor behavior, expectations, and consumption patterns set within a global context will form the basis of understanding visitor segmentation and the identification of target markets. Includes assessing strategic approaches to tourism destination policy, planning, and development from a sustainable management perspective. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/720799/MGTX4994/TourismDestinationMana#sthash.wNMZ66rf.dpuf

-Sustainable Interior Design:
Department: Creative Arts and Design; Teaches designers and consumers the fundamental principles and benefits of sustainable interior design. Designed to equip you with a systematic strategy for assessing the degree of sustainability and cost-effectiveness of green design products. A thorough exploration of eco-friendly materials, energy-saving appliances, and their sources will be covered. You will come away with an in-depth understanding of sustainability and detailed knowledge about green products which will enable you to create beautiful home environments that are healthier for our earth and those that inhabit the space. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/717795/ARTX46164/SustainableInteriorDe#sthash.0IuTKL6p.dpuf

-Chaparral of Southern California:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; Chaparral defines one of Southern California's most extensive and characteristic native landscapes. Shaped by climate, geology, and fire, this sclerophyllous-shrub-dominated habitat ranges from near sea level to 800 ft. elevation, forming several distinct communities found in coastal, inland valley, foothill, mountain, and desert environments. This course surveys the ecology and natural history of Southern California's native chaparral, including its distribution, classification, habitat requirements, and life cycle strategies. Participants visit several representative community types and learn basic field identification techniques and to differentiate closely related species within and across habitat types. In addition, the course explores how climate, geology, and fire have influenced chaparral evolution, and how communities are affected by modern environmental stresses associated with urban sprawl, air pollution, invasive species, and global warming. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/723427/BPSCX426/ChaparralofSouthernCal#sthash.iII3kdnG.dpuf

-Ecology of Joshua Tree:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; Introduction to the plants and animals of Joshua Tree National Monument, and their relationship to the desert ecosystem in which they live. Illustrations and demonstrations emphasize how desert plants and animals respond to the intense heat and aridity of their environment. Also included will be a discussion of man's impact on the Joshua Tree National Monument. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/721748/BIOLX4124/EcologyofJoshuaTreeNa#sthash.xfR6Gcna.dpuf

-Ecology of Coachella Valley:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; Learn about the diverse array of plants and animals in the Coachella Valley and the desert ecosystem in which they live. Topics include how desert organisms respond to the intense heat and aridity of their environment and man's impact on the local environment. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/721715/BIOLX4122/EcologyoftheCoachella#sthash.3nlJlmu7.dpuf

-Oaks of Southern California:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; Southern California is home to one of the most diverse, abundant, and beautiful assortments of oaks in all of western North America. Ranging from the coast to the high desert, 17 distinct species (along with nearly a dozen hybrids) grace the slopes and canyons of nearly two-thirds of Southern California's native landscapes. This course surveys the ecology and natural history of Southern California's native oaks, including their ranges, habitat requirements, and life cycles. Participants learn basic field identification techniques, as well as a few tricks for differentiating closely related species. Includes information on how natural disturbances such as fire, flood, and drought have influenced oak evolution. The current status and future prospects of oaks in light of recent environmental stresses associated with urban sprawl, air pollution, and global warming are discussed. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/723395/BPSCX4236/OaksofSouthernCalifor#sthash.fgtf8QDq.dpuf

-Advanced Topics in CEQA:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; In-depth coverage of environmental impact analysis including choosing a baseline, determining the significance of impacts, and preparing environmental notices. In addition, the course details CEQA's procedural requirements and provides discussions about potential considerations involved in CEQA litigation and how CEQA interfaces with other laws. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/719952/URSTX42123/AdvancedTopicsinCEQA#sthash.Nfywfngw.dpuf

-CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California's broadest environmental law. Through its comprehensive policies and rigorous procedural requirements, CEQA is the critical element in government and private decision making. This two-day seminar details the requirements of CEQA including when CEQA applies to a project, determining whether to prepare an EIR, the EIR process EIR management and preparation issues, negative declarations, environmental impacts, and mitigation, and how CEQA integrates with other environmental laws. It is designed for entry-level public agency staff, consultants, attorneys, developers, environmental organizations, and others involved in planning who may need a refresher. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/719951/URSTX42122/CEQAAStep-by-StepApp#sthash.jZUVWtl0.dpuf

-NEPA: A Step-by-Step Approach:
Department: Landscape and Natural Resources; Fundamental policies, procedures, and practices of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including the perspectives of the federal lead agency responsible for its implementation, affected state and local agencies, and concerned citizens. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/719964/URSTX42124/NEPAAStep-by-StepApp#sthash.UmZ1mj3C.dpuf

-Foundations of Turfgrass Management:
Department: Landscape; An overview of turfgrass management and related fields. The course provides technical training and helps students identify areas for further study. Students will explore turfgrass varieties and applications, pest management, fertilizers, soils, irrigation, environmental protection, and scientific aspects of turfgrass management. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/722286/PLSX415/FoundationsofTurfgrassM#sthash.Nbicaypz.dpuf

-California Water Law:
Department: Law and Criminal Justice; A discussion and analysis of California water law and the political and historical forces that have shaped it. Case law is used to illustrate legal concepts of riparian and appropriative rights and the evolution of the public trust doctrine. Environmental and economic issues giving rise to changing concepts of water use and water marketing are discussed. In addition, the course covers public trust and water transfers. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/721139/LAWX470/CaliforniaWaterLaw#sthash.SaUkK77z.dpuf

-Green Design for Your Home:
Department: Lifestyle and Enrichment; From bamboo flooring to recycled glass hardware, there is a wide assortment of green home products and furnishings available on the market today. For homeowners and designers, this course explores available green materials and implementing them in home projects, and provides information and sources for obtaining them. Discussion includes the principles of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and the long-term benefits of green design. Students gain exposure to many different materials and detailed information on retail and online sources. - See more at: https://extension.ucr.edu/course/715534/ART8601/GreenDesignforYourHome#sthash.yeJxzl0T.dpuf

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
Yes

A brief description of the certificate program(s):
The Certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design introduces the concepts and principles of sustainability through green building design, clean technologies, and innovative approaches to achieving the "triple bottom line" — economic, environmental and social sustainability. Participants explore the concept of sustainability within a historical context, the contemporary debates about what sustainability implies and how to achieve it. The curriculum addresses design and construction ranging from the micro- to the macro-environment as well as overarching subjects like economics and public policy.

For the Professional Certificate in Turfgrass Management students Learn the latest that every current and prospective manager of turfgrass facilities should know about the biology, chemistry, math, pesticides, irrigation, and soil fertility involved in everyday turfgrass management. It explores the latest trends in agriculture and sustainability so students can make confident, informed decisions that will provide the best landscape, without breaking the budget or using resources inefficiently. https://extension.ucr.edu/certificatesandcredentials/overview

The Professional Certificate in Field and Nature Studies allows students to experience the rich and diverse elements nature has to offer. From the unique flora and fauna of Southern California deserts to the lush, rugged terrain of the San Bernardino Mountains, explores the complex interrelationships of the biotic, physical and anthropogenic features in each of these settings to fully understand their existence. Examines the history and develop fundamental interpretation skills through field study in the physical and biological sciences. https://extension.ucr.edu/certificatesandcredentials/overview

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Data reported on courses that are offered for the academic year, not those that are on the books, as they may not have been offered for years.

Credit prepared by Michelle Baron and revised by Chelsea Lee.

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