Category Archives: UCR

Watkins Drive November Clean Up

Watkins Dr Trash Pick Up Join us Saturday, November 21st at 10 a.m.  Meet up just South of the the corner of Piccacho and Watkins Dr. 

Coffee courtesy of Starbuck’s Canyon Crest, pastries courtesy of the Friends Of Riverside’s Hills.

Student volunteers courtesy of UCR’s fraternities and sororities.

Climbing hills and arroyos to scour trash is what makes this sherpa country so wear sturdy shoes..Gloves, safety vests, tools and waivers will be provided and required.

For questions or more information, call 951-640-3868.


Robert Reich Coming To UCR This Week For Film and Dialogue

Robert Reich

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who is widely regarded as a leading expert on inequality, work and the economy, will speak at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 10, as part of the School of Public Policy Seminar Series.

“An Evening with Robert Reich” will begin at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments on the University Theatre patio. The documentary film “Inequality for All,” which examines widening income inequality in the United States, will screen in the theater from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reich, who narrates the film, will answer questions about themes addressed in the documentary from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. Free parking will be available in Lot 6. RSVP online or by contacting Mark Manalang at (951) 827-5656 or

Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration, and was named one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time Magazine.

He is the author of numerous books, including best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work of Nations,” and “Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy and how to fix it.” He is a founding editor of American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, and a political commentator on programs such as “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and “Marketplace.”

“Inequality for All” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film examines widening income inequality and the effect of the growing gap on the U.S. economy and American democracy.


Tel: (951) 827-7847
Twitter: bettyemiller


Mark Manalang
Tel: (951) 827-5656

Invitation To Upcoming UCR Future Campus Visioning Workshops

UCR Future Campus Visioning Workships

We are looking forward to your personal participation in one or both of the upcoming UCR Future Campus Visioning Workshops on February 24th. Many of you already have let us know you plan to attend, and we appreciate that early commitment and show of support.

The response already has been fantastic!!  To facilitate an accurate count and to gather additional information, such as each participant’s meal selection and affiliation, we ask that you use the centralized reservation system accessible through the RSVP links below, or on our newly-launched Study website.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably by Wednesday, February 11th. We also encourage you to share the attached flyer with anyone you believe would be interested to participate, and ask them to RSVP as soon as possible.  Questions may be sent to our Study email address at planning@ucr.eduI look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

To help UCR fulfill its promise as a vibrant, diverse institution of great distinction, the Campus Physical Master Plan Team invites you to attend one of two UCR Future Campus Visioning Workshops.Join UCR students, colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a unique opportunity to shape the vision and future of our physical campus. Make your voice heard on a wide variety of issues, including architecture, design, open spaces, sustainability, traffic, transportation, parking, signage, amenities, landscaping, safety, way-finding, walkability and much more. Through this fun and interactive session, share your ideas, opinions, concerns and suggestions for making UCR an even friendlier, safer and more inspiring place to live, learn, work and play.TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015


12:30–2:30 p.m.
(doors open at 12:15 p.m.)
Winston Chung Hall 205/206

Lunch and free 3-hour parking included for those who register

Check in at University Kiosk for parking permit (West Campus Drive, near Lot 1)

RSVP here and additional info:


5:30–7:30 p.m.
(doors open at 5:15 p.m.)
University Extension, Rooms A & B
1200 University Avenue, Riverside

Dinner and free 3-hour parking included for those who register

RSVP here and additional info:


Emergency Vehicles Coming To Campus Wednesday

Nothing to worry about if you happen to see hundreds of emergency personnel on campus this Wednesday.

To the Campus Community,

Line of Parked Fire Trucks As part of UCR’s ongoing emergency preparations, the campus has invited more than one hundred emergency responders to come take a tour of the campus on Wednesday, Dec. 17, focusing on the labs and steam plant. Emergency vehicles will be parked in Lot 6. We are trying to share this notice widely to avoid someone mistaking numerous emergency vehicles for a crisis.

“This is important work and part of our ability to communicate efficiently with each other if there is an emergency,” said Russell Vernon, director of UCR’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Line of parked fire trucks with ladders extendedRepresentatives of Riverside County Fire, Riverside Police, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and several other fire agencies will be touring labs, the steam plant, and other areas of campus that might be critically important to an emergency response during an earthquake or other natural disaster.  The tour and workshop lasts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about UCR’s emergency preparations, visit:


Twilight Tours In The Botanic Gardens

Dear Friends,

Join us for a cool evening stroll!
Tours begin at 7:00 PM and will last until around 8:30 PM, followed by dessert/refreshments on the patio.

We will be hosting two Twilight Tours this summer:

July 25th
August 15th

Tours begin at 7:00 PM and will last until around 8:30 PM, followed by dessert/refreshments on the patio.

A follow-up message will be sent with additional details and RSVP information.

If you have never been in the Botanic Gardens come nightfall, you are encouraged to attend this event. It is unbelievably serene and mysterious in the evening, and always a relief from the heat of the day.  The tours are led by our docents.

As always, we hope to see you there!

~Your Friends at the UCR Botanic Gardens

Cool California Challenge Update: Riverside $16,000 Richer

Cool California Update:
Thanks for signing up over 700 households. We won $16,000 for sustainability projects.
We can pad that total by uploading our gas and utility bills over the past several months.
There are a lot of reasons to play along with this. It’s becoming increasing more important to make the connection between our utility bills and our quality of life
However, Riverside and Claremont are battling neck and neck for 1st place. Please keep inserting your data. Also you can still encourage people to sign-up, because they can still get points.

Keep Riverside in the Top Spot for the CoolCalifornia Challenge!

New month – new data!

Help us stay in the top spot in the CoolCalifornia Challenge by:

Plugging your energy and gas use data into your CoolCalifornia profile page

If you need help plugging in your energy use data electric data, please contact your Sustainability Officer Ryan Bullard at 951-826-5817 or

Riverside can win this if we all continue plugging in our monthly energy and gas use data! All funding received will go to making Riverside a more sustainable place!

The CoolCalifornia Challenge Riverside Team

GrowRiverside Update: 
The UC System launched a Global Food Initiative and UCR will be one of the leaders in that initiative! 
“The University of California  will broaden its study of sustainable agriculture, food policy and nutrition around the world as part of a new initiative to better feed a hungry world, President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday.” 
Fit, Fresh, Fun Update: 
RUSD, AUSD, City of Riverside, and County of Riverside Partnered up for FEEDS Program and the Kick-off Riverside Summerfest. We are serving healthy nutritional meals to all Riverside kids during the summer to promote health eating and help eliminate hunger.
Check out the video from the event!
Last, but not least,
Also, I got accepted into the Peace Corps, so I will be leaving in December for 27 months to Guinea-Conakry. I hope to establish a running website before than, or pass it on.
Taher Bhaijee

Founder of
Twitter & Facebook: avatarTaher
BS Biology & BA History, Cum Laude
University of California, Riverside

Neighborhood Clean Up Nets Huge Haul

The University Neighborhood and Friends of Riverside’s Hills partnered with Pi Kappa Alpha to clean up piles of illegal dumping along the trail beginning at the Riverside Stem Academy.

Fifteen tires, bed springs, couches, a camper shell and assorted construction debris illegally dumped were pulled from the trees and piled for pick up.

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful provided tools, safety gear and water. Fresh Doughnuts on Blaine supplied five dozen doughnuts, Letitia Pepper made up gallons of fresh, organic lemonade and Frances Posoisky prepared chicken salad and roasted vegetable wraps. Jamil Entrikin of Starbucks Coffee at Canyon Crest supplied iced coffee to help amp up the twenty Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers, some of whom were running on only a few short hours of sleep. Thanks to the neighbors who contributed for the snacks.

That’s what I call living in the neighborhood of our dreams.

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Primavera In The Gardens Tickets Still Available

It isn’t too late to purchase tickets to our next fundraiser event, Primavera in the Gardens, Food & Wine Tasting.

The event is this SundayMay 18th from 2 – 5 PM.   We have some incredible restaurants, wineries and musical groups attending and it should be a beautiful day in the Gardens.

Please come out and support the Gardens!

Additional information and online ticket purchases can be made from our web page

As always, we hope to see you there!


Your Friends at the UCR Botanic Gardens



Friends_ucr_botgardens mailing list

Zip Cars At UCR

This update from Jeff Kraus:

Zip Car on CampusThis is probably more information than some of you on the email list wanted to know, but I was able to do some research on the Zip Cars at UCR yesterday.


For those of you that don’t know, Zip Cars  is a “car sharing” company that places cars in busy locations throughout the country that registered users can “borrow” by the hour for short trips for a set fee, potentially eliminating the need for an individually owned auto. At UCR, the rate is approximately $7.00 per hour during the week and $9.00 per hour on the weekend.



Here’s what I found out from out Transportation and Parking Services Department (TAPS):



The Zip Car Program began in February, 2010 at UCR.




There are 4 Zip Cars on campus during the academic year, 2 in the summer (they relocate vehicles to vacation oriented spots in the summer, such as near the coast). There are two cars near Pentland and other student housing facilities, one at Bannockburn, and one in Lot 2 near Hinderaker Hall. The number of cars is determined by Zip, not us. We provide the strategic placed parking locations free of charge to them.




The program is marketed by UCR to the students, particularly incoming freshmen and students living in campus housing through brochures, flyers, posters, etc. Zip does additional marketing, including the use of “street teams” on campus and booths near the bell tower.




In March, the cars were in use 45% of the time and generated $8,700 in gross revenue to the company. Usage varies between about 25% and 48% the past two years.




There are currently 851 registered users on campus, mostly students. This is increasing by about 5 a week. In March, 99 individual users used the cars 241 times at an average of 2.5 hours each use and 14,144 miles.



In addition to students, because Zip Cars are more prevalent in Northern California, out of town visitors to campus for business often use the cars as well.

Zip Car reports that their UCR venture is profitable to them.



Because TAPS is committed to alternative and more efficient modes of transportation, they said that if asked, they would provide additional parking spaces for Zip Car to increase the number of cars on campus.