University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


SolarPanelsUC Riverside's Solar Array: From Zero to Sixty

UCR is lauded for its 3 megawatt solar farm, currently the largest in the University of California system

EVUCR/CE-CERT to Host Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event

The Riverside Electric Vehicle Day event will allow participants to test drive various electric cars and learn better sustainability practices.

STEP Conference3rd Annual STEP Conference - October 14th, 2014

As part of the University of California, Riverside, CE-CERT is committed to furthering education and research for the next generation of engineers. On October 8th, 2013 CE-CERT hosted the 2nd annual Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference for high schools throughout the Riverside County District. 340 students were able to engage in a more hands-on experience focusing on either Atmospheric Transportation Engineering or Sustainable Energy Engineering.

Roof TopCoachella Valley at forefront of energy storage

Long seen as the "next big thing" in renewable energy, affordable battery storage is on the verge of becoming a reality -- and several businesses and research groups with a footprint in the Coachella Valley are helping lead the charge.

WuCutting Electric Vehicle Energy Use 51 Percent

UC Riverside created tool that takes into account real-time traffic information, road grade and road type cuts down on energy use

liemmikeMichael Grady and Liem Pham won 1st Place

Michael Grady and Liem Pham won 1st Place for the 2014 Platform Paper Competition at the 107th Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) with their paper titled as " Temporal and spatial variations of particulate emissions on major highways: Lagrangian approach using mobile monitoring system."

APLHow Students Are Using The World's Largest Indoor Smog Chamber To Save The Planet

Simulating the atmosphere does more than just help students learn about the world.

Living the Promise

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is helping to create better world though important research and education in the fields of health, sustainability and technology through innovative thinking, breakthrough research and real-world solutions.

Find out more about Living the Promise at UCR.


Whether pioneering sustainable agriculture, mitigating air pollution, converting biowaste into energy or exploring environmental issues on a molecular level, UCR is discovering new answers to many of the 21st century’s greatest questions.

We develop flood-and-drought-resistant crops. We engineer solar cars and eco-friendly buildings. We partner with industry to tap the potential of biofuels, renewable energy and alternative transportation systems. We educate next-generation environmental scientists, conservationists, agricultural specialists and urban planners.

Because climate change isn’t just something we research, it is something we empower everyone to achieve.

Sustainability @ UCR

Video: Sustainability at the University of California Riverside


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Featuring UCR faculty Mikeal Roose, Chair and Professor of Genetics & Geneticist, Akua Asa-Awuku, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, and Hideaki Tsutsui, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Akua Asa-Awuku: Improving Air Quality

Video: Akua Asa-Awuku: Improving Air Quality


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Working in the world's largest indoor air quality chamber, Akua Asa-Awuku looks at particle formation in the atmosphere and how it interacts with water, affecting cloud formation and global climate change.

Featured Faculty:

Matthew Barth

Director, College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT)

Solar Energy:

UCR's Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) is a partnership of the Bourns College of Engineering, industry affiliates government agencies, public and private utilities, trade organizations and other academic institutions. The center is developing materials for solar energy, solar energy systems, new photovoltaic devices and solar-thermal technologies. Also, the center will serve as an "honest broker" to provide reliable and unbiased information and advice on getting energy from the sun.

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Akua Asa-Awuku

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Improving Air Quality:

Working in the world’s largest indoor air quality chamber, Akua Asa-Awuku looks at particle formation in the atmosphere and how it interacts with water, affecting cloud formation and global climate change.

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2014 Overview

Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center for Environmental Research & Technology
1084 Columbia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
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Tel: (951) 781-5791
Fax: (951) 781-5790

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