University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


NCSTRenewed Funding for UC Riverside's National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (National Center), led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), will receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system.

womenInspire Her Mind Conference @ CE-CERT

Provoke. Inspire. Take action. Set out to empower the next generation of girls in STEM. CE-CERT hosted 120 female RUSD sophomores on November 17, 2016.

LogisticsHighlights from HPEC Workshop

America's seaports are generating more than $4.6 trillion in economic activity, supporting the employment of more than 23 million people and handling some 2.2 billion tons of import, export and domestic cargo annually.

Matt BarthTransportation Research Laboratory Awarded $3.2 Million to Develop Innovative Smart Buses

Matthew Barth and his research team have been awarded $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric buses. The award is supported with additional co-funding of $460,000 from project partners, bringing the total to more than $3.2 million.

CreateResearch Receives Honorable Mention In Create the Future Contest

CE-CERT's Transportation Research Laboratory's "GlidePath- Intelligent Driver Assistance System at Traffic Signals" receives honorable mention in the Create the Future Design Contest. The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation.

STEPCE-CERT Successfully Hosts the 2016 STEP Conference!

On October 5th, 2016, CE-CERT hosted nearly 300 high school students at the 5th Annual Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference for high schools throughout the Riverside County School District. Here at CE-CERT we believe that active-learning strategies engage students with hopes to help retain students in a future STEM.

PortCE-CERT to host HPEC Workshop on October 28, 2016

The HPEC workshop will use its unique position to promote (1) significant reductions in port related emissions, (2) increase operational efficiencies, and (3) foster a culture of collaboration, education, continuous improvement, and respect amongst stakeholders.

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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