University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center



Living Green Series 2014-15


Living Green lecture series 2014-15

Who said it wasn't easy being green? In this annual series, learn how to improve your environment, health and quality of life. Our eco-experts will take a look at the issues that face our community and discuss solutions to ensure that the needs of people and environment are met in the present -- and long into the future. The 2015-16 series was in partnership with US Green Building Council-Inland Empire, Coachella Valley Branch, Friends of the Desert Mountains, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and ShareKitchen.  Our sponsors included Renova Solar, Whole Foods Market, and North Shore Living Herbs. All UCR Palm Desert events are free, including parking, and are open to the community.

Apr. 22, 2015  Earth Day celebration! 

Thank you for celebrating Earth Day with us! We  screened “A Place at the Table,” a riveting documentary about food insecurity in America. The celebration featured a cooking demonstration by local celebrity chef Tanya Petrovna, and a showcase of local organizations and businesses committed to a greener, healthier Coachella Valley. Green Passport prizes were awarded after the film.

Mar. 18, 2015 • Growing Healthy Communities: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options for California and the World

Children who face early life nutritional shortcomings are likely to face significant hurdles later in life: lower educational attainment, lower earnings, and poor health. Featured speaker Joseph R. Cummins, UCR assistant professor of economics, discussed ongoing research in labor economics on the impacts of early life under-nutrition and policies aimed at improving child nutrition. His lecture was followed by a panel about the health impacts, solutions and best practices for our collective future, starting from the fork up.

Feb. 18, 2015 • Buy, Eat, Live Local: The Environmental and Economic Impacts of "Local"

Participants learned how strong local food systems can build healthy communities! They discovered what's happening in the Coachella Valley, our regional collaborations and the positive effects we're having in other communities. Speakers included Angela Janus, the executive director of ShareKitchen; Christy Porter, executive director of Hidden Harvest, Inc.; and Fortino Morales, UCR R'Garden Manager.

Jan. 21, 2015 • Land of plenty to food crisis?

Our featured speaker was Milt McGiffin, PhD., vice chair for Cooperative Extension at UCR's Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. McGiffin discussed how we went from the land of plenty to worrying about a food crisis. He also presented some solutions from his research on turning organic waste into products that enhance the soil, save water and sequester carbon.

Nov. 6, 2014 • Film screening: "DIRT!

"DIRT! The Movie" is a humorous and insightful look at the unappreciated material beneath our feet. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, "DIRT! The Movie" brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact of soil and shows the earth is very much alive.

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General Campus Information

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

Department Information

UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796
E-mail: palmdesert@ucr.edu

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