2017 Sustainability Award Recipients

Back row:  Supervisor Kevin Jeffries (First District), Supervisor John F. Tavaglione (Second District), Corinne Awad (Riverside County Department of Waste Resources Public Affairs Coordinator), Supervisor Chuck Washington (Third District), Hans Kernkamp (Riverside County Department of Waste Resources General Manager-Chief Engineer), Supervisor Marion Ashley (Fifth District)
Middle RowTribal Chairman Robert Martin (The Morongo Band of Mission Indians), Frank Ferro (Idyllwild Brewpub)
First Row:  Andy Plumley (Assistant Vice Chancelor of Housing and Dining Services, UCR), Connie Librenjak (Executive Director-Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful), Mr. Kevin Kalman (Executive Director, The Desert Recreation District), Lori Ferro (Idyllwild Brewpub), Mr. Don Put (Owner/Operator. Idyllwild Brewpub)


On May 2, 2017, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors recognized the following businesses and organizations, one from each supervisorial district,  that implement sustainable practices: 

1st District: University of California-Riverside

University of California is a true leader in sustainable practices from bike sharing, to a solar farm which produces up 6.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year - the equivalent of powering 960 homes, as well as other innovative campus practices.  However, the Department of Waste Resources recognized their contributions towards food waste and their sustainable practices within their Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services division.  This division’s sustainable operations include recycling materials such as cans, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard. All carry out bags and most plates, bowls, utensils and napkins are 100% compostable.  UCR works towards reducing their energy and water use by installing CFL light bulbs and ENERGY STAR appliances.  For example this practice creates a savings of more than 500,000 gallons of water per year. They have also gone trayless which saves an additional 8,000 gallons of water per week. This trayless practice reduces thousands of pounds of food waste, as customers can only eat what they can carry. Continuing the path of reducing waste, UCR recycles food waste including 100% of cooking oil, coffee grounds and composting 250 tons of food waste each year. UCR Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services division also works toward reducing their carbon footprint. To enhance this goal, they seek fresh locally grown produce and also supports Cultivate R’ Space which is an on campus self-sustaining community garden program operated by a student collaborative.  UCR has earned a Gold STARS rating for their overall sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

2nd  District: Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful's (KRCB) mission is clear, to instill community pride and ownership to the residents of City of Riverside.  They continue to be successful by fostering partnerships with the City of Riverside, Riverside Chamber and other agencies. KRCB has become a true environmental steward.  They have worked tirelessly to maintain their mission by providing hands on opportunities to volunteers to become guardians of their own community. Last year, KRCB coordinated efforts with over 19,000 volunteers on varies community projects.  These volunteers worked over 26,000 hours. KRCB labors to have green space, by planting nearly 400 trees and wall vines. Waterways, storm drains and trails are also diligently cleaned. As we become more aware that our environment has an impact on our health these efforts become increasingly important. KRCB has taken part in developing a public education program on graffiti, as well as abating graffiti.  This program brings together citizens, businesses, law enforcement, and other government agencies to create a dialog, educate, inform, and promote positive action. Last year, they used over 165 gallons of paint to remove over 1900 graffiti tags. Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful collected and properly disposed over 200,000 pounds of litter and illegal dumped material.

3rd District: Idyllwild Brewpub

Idyllwild Brewpub implements many diversion practices. The Brewpub’s water recycling system saves thousands of gallons of water used during their brewery production. This is done through their own water recycling system located onsite. This reclaimed water is then used to irrigate the facility’s grounds, which feature drought-tolerant and native plants. The parking lot is permeable and silt basins have been installed to capture water runoff. After being filtered, the water can be reintroduced into the environment.  To reduce food waste, Idyllwild Brewpub donates spent grains to local ranchers for cattle feed. To be energy efficient, they have also installed 62,000 kilowatts of solar which powers the whole Brewpub and the LED lighting system. Idyllwild Brewpub has found unique ways to reuse material. Their flooring is milled from beams taken from old buildings and bar tops have been made with trees that have succumbed to disease or fire. Their two 16-foot Community tables are from a 900-year-old Douglas Fir tree that was in a fire in Northern San Diego.

4th District: Desert Recreation District

The Desert Recreation District practices and encourages sustainability on an everyday basis. All District facilities have recycling programs in place. These efforts also include incorporating hydration stations to reduce the number of bottles going into the landfill.  When appropriate every park project utilizes recycled materials such as tires, plastics and glass. To reduce water consumption, Desert Recreation District has installed drought tolerant landscapes and removed non-active ornamental turf and irrigates using reclaimed water. To lower energy and emissions the District has worked diligently on replacing light fixtures at all facilities and provides a youth transportation program to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Desert Recreation District promotes sustainability stewardship through their youth programs that educate youth on environmental responsibility. 

5th District: Morongo Band of Mission Indians

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians established the Morongo Environmental Protection Department (MEPD) in 2000. MEPD’s goals were to protect tribal water, air, prevent pollution and resource conservation. MEPD has continued this goal by implementing several programs within this division.  These programs include monitoring air quality, responsible management of surface water, and proper household hazardous waste collection and disposal. MEPD works with students and the Morongo community by providing a host of educational opportunities and events promoting environmental stewardship. Their annual Earth Day and Native American Internship program offer an invaluable resource to the community. Morongo has been proactive and successful in waste diversion.  They provide direction to residents on proper waste disposal.  In 2016, both Morongo Casino Resort and Spa and the Morongo community recycled hundreds of tons of mixed source recyclables, electronics, scrap metal, and textiles. They continue to minimize waste by implementing new procedures from increasing the useful life of cooking oil to reducing packaging waste. They strive to be energy efficient by replacing over a thousand light fixtures with LEDs throughout the Casino and surrounding area.