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The Built Environment (BE) encompasses “all man-made physical components of human settlements such as buildings, streets, open spaces and infrastructure in terms of whether it promotes or discourages physical activity.” With a growing body of research demonstrating that the environments in which people live and work can have a direct impact on their well-being, it is becoming critical to place people at the heart of building design and construction, operations, and development decisions.

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  • Create a healthy, safe, and clean physical environment that supports health and well-being throughout the UCR Campus.
  • Improve the built environment on and around the campus as a means of creating a community that fosters “health by default.” The emphasis is on structural changes that naturally lead to healthier behaviors.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to recommend and create best practices for healthy design standards and guidelines that support a healthy campus environment.
  • Improve and enhance Stairwells with signage and beautification projects.
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Take the Stairs

The goal of the Take the Stairs Campaign is to suuport a more physically active culture through transforming the environment to better support activity throughout our campuses. The stairwells in the School of Medicine, Skye Hall and Olmstead have been cleaned and painted to make them more attractive and accessible for use. Promotional signage has been installed to encourage and motivate stair usage for those that are able to use the stairs. Visit the Take the Stairs webpage to learn about the many benefits of taking the stairs and tips on how to safely climb them!

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Healthy Beverage Initiative

The UC Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI) aims to improve access to tap water as a healthy alternative to sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and provide the opportunity for UC campuses to create Healthy Beverage Zones and to educate about the health risks of sugar sweetened-beverages (SSBs). The initiative also includes an evaluation of the facilitators and barriers of moving towards an expansion of Healthy Beverage Zones. For more information about the impact this initiative is making at UCR, please review the Healthy Beverage Initiative webpage.

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Hydration Station Maps

Located throughout the UCR campus, the UCR hydration stations can fulfill all of your H2O needs. Supplying fresh, filtered water into the drinking container of your choice, the hydration stations, ultimately, serve to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used and thrown away. A great way to stay hydrated trhoughout the year, especially during the warm Riverside summer. To see the network of water refill stations, please review the Water Hydration Map.

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Zero Butts & Litter Campaign

Take Responsibility Do Your Part to Eliminate Cigarette Butts and Litter! UCR Healthy Campus and UCR CleanWater are working together to eliminate trash and improve water quality through the Zero Butts & Litter campaign – a behavior change campaign to reduce littering of cigarette butts and other trash on campus, and to raise awareness of the health and water quality impacts of cigarette butts and trash litter. The University of California system is committed to going zero waste by 2020.

To learn more about how we can get to zero waste, visit the Zero Butts & Litter Campaign webpage.

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Healthy Building Checklist

The built environment may hold tremendous potential for addressing many of the nation’s greatest current public health concerns. The Healthy Building Design Checklist was created to support the Planning, Design, and Construction team  and other partners to create outdoor and indoor spaces at UCR that promote health and well-being and to include components of the Built Environment and Health in the UCR campus master plan.

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UCR Wellness Map

The UCR Wellness Map highlights assets on campus that are related to health and well-being. To locate these health and well-being assets, please view the UCR Wellness Map.

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Built Environment member - Amanda Grey
Amanda Grey
Staff Co-Lead
Environmental Programs Manager
Built Environment member - Lauren Green
Lauren Green
Staff Co-Lead
Administrative Assistant
Transportation and Parking
Built Environment member - Rich Yueh
Rich Yueh
Faculty Co-Lead
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Information Systems, School of Business