University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


UCRUCR ranked in the top 15% in Sustainability Rankings

UCR moved up steadily in its sustainability ranking, achieving a Gold rating from AASHE STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) and placing 27th in Sierra Cool Schools - above UCB, UCLA and UCSB for the first time, and in the top 15% of all ranked US schools.

JoeCE-CERT mourns the passing of Dr. Joseph Norbeck

Dr. Joe Norbeck, age 72, passed away August 24, 2016 due to medical complications. CE-CERT will hold a memorial service for Dr. Norbeck on Monday, October 17th at 3:00 pm. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

RTABus Service from CE-CERT/Hunter Park to UCR Main Campus - UCR Students ride FREE:

Route 52 Service between CE-CERT/Hunter Park and UCR Main Campus - UCR Students ride FREE: RTA's Route 52 now connects CE-CERT with the University of California Riverside main campus. Weekday service runs from approximately 5:00am to 7:30pm, with buses arriving at stops every 30-40 minutes.

BarryDr. Barry Wallerstein to work jointly with CE-CERT and School of Public Policy

Dr. Wallerstein will work closely with the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), said Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy.

CELFResearch Group Published in Leading Chemistry Journal

Aqueous Biomass Processing Laboratory recently published Local Phase Separation of Co-solvents Enhances Pretreatment of Biomass for Bioenergy Applications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), a leading chemistry journal.

EnergyCE-CERT Successfully Completes First Summer Lecture Program

An international 5-week short-course summer program is focused on sustainable energy and transportation.

NanpengResearcher Nanpeng Yu Awarded NSF Grant

EAGER: Collaborative Research: Empowering Smart Energy Communities: Connecting Buildings, People, and Power Grids

Engagement Opportunities

CE-CERT's mission is to educate future generations of engineers, scientist and policy makers, and to conduct research in the areas of air quality, energy and transportation. 


Community Engagement Opportunities 

CE-CERT's designed opportunities that will result in positive exposure for your group, excite young students to pursue careers in engineering and environmental sustainability, and improve the presentation skills, policy awareness and critical thinking of students 

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Professional Engagement Opportunities 

UCR offers several learning opportunities for agencies, working professionals and continuing students. Depending on the type of class, UCR will work with our Department of Education, UCR Extension, or College to formulate a class that meets the needs of your group of 10 or more attendees. UCR can arrange to issue Continuing Education Credits, UCR Extension certificates, or college credits depending on the types and duration of the courses. 

For more details:

If you are interested in partnering with CE-CERT on your STEM or professional related opportunities please contact, Kathy Vang,, Marketing and Outreach Specialist. CE-CERT will be happy to assist in developing a program to fit your needs.

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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Current Video Highlights

 Intelligent Vehicle Systems (2016)


Eco-Driving (2016)


Past Video Highlights

Center for Environmental Research and Technology (2014)

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General Campus Information

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

Center Information

Center for Environmental Research & Technology
1084 Columbia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Directions to CERT

Tel: (951) 781-5791
Fax: (951) 781-5790

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