All things sustainability at UCR happen through the Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) under current director Alondra Martinez (amart490@ucr.edu). We have been working more closely with GCAP in recent months leading up to Earth Day and plan to facilitate an integration of their members into the work we do and vice versa. GCAP always has something going on, so be on the lookout for opportunities to get involved with them or through us through them!

About GCAP: The Green Campus Action Plan aims to provide undergraduate students with the resources to pursue sustainability projects on the University of California, Riverside campus. By taking ownership of our impact on the planet and our community, we as students can begin to tackle sustainability issues at a college level and then take those lessons throughout our careers.

The Green Campus Action Plan was born out of a student’s desire to take sustainability issues into their own hands. With the support of other students and staff, the GCAP, $2.50 referendum was created and voted on by the student body. GCAP is now on its way to turn 10 years old.

In its 10 years, GCAP has awarded and supported students with over $700k in funding to pursue sustainability work and projects on UCR’s campus. However, GCAP’s impact does not stop there; with educational and outreach programs, GCAP has been able to educate 10’s of thousands of students on their part in keeping UCR, our community, and our planet green.

While GCAP acknowledges that change needs to come from the government and corporations, we also understand our unique position to help our students, the future executives and lawmakers of the world, understand that a change needs to happen. By education, we hope to help ensure our planet’s viability.