University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Living Green Lecture Series 2015-16

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 is in partnership with Friends of the Desert Mountains and Coachella Valley Association of Governments. Our sponsor is Whole Foods Market Palm Desert. All UCR Palm Desert events are free, including parking, and are open to the community.

Check back in Fall 2016 when we will post our 2016-2017 schedule.


Apr. 28, 2016  Breaking Point film screening

An environmental disaster of epic proportions is fast approaching, and little is being done to stop it. The receding Salton Sea introduces a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals to the air, threatening the health of millions. After the film screening, director/producer Bill Wisneski will be available to discuss the impending disaster at the Salton Sea and his experience documenting it.

Mar. 23, 2016 People and the Environment: Eco-Volunteerism in the Coachella Valley

Think you can't make a difference? You're wrong! This lecture will be an interactive and indepth exploration of Citizen Science and Green Volunteerism in the Coachella Valley. An engaging panel of experts will explain how each of us can play a role in making science happen. You'll leave knowing how you can have an impact on your community, your environment, and the world.

Feb. 24, 2016  The Making of a National Monument
Learn about the history and creation of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument by Act of Congress and why it matters to you. Buford Crites, former mayor and council member of the City of Palm Desert, and Monument Manager Jim Foote will speak about the community's grassroots efforts that led to Congressional action, as well as the role the Monument plays in the community today. A panel discussion will follow.
Jan. 27, 2016   Strange Bedfellows, the Emergence of the CV as a Conservation Leader

During the kickoff event, a short film, "The Coachella Solution," provided an overview of the first conservation efforts in the Coachella Valley. The screening was  followed by a discussion with Katie Barrows, director of Environmental Resources at Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and Allan Muth, director of the University of California Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center. The panel was facilitated by Cameron Barrows, researcher at the UC Riverside Center for Conservation Biology.

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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

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