he California Air Resources Board, or CARB, opened its new Southern California headquarters in November on a site near the UC Riverside campus. The laboratory and office facility, located on land provided by UCR, is one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world and will play a pivotal role in transitioning California to zero-emission technologies as well as serve as a springboard for future innovations. CARB plans to expand its partnerships with UCR, which is home to the Center for Environmental Research and Technology, or CE-CERT, where researchers and students study renewable energy, transportation systems, and pollution. Here’s a look at CARB and the new facility’s offerings:


Illustration of a person sitting in front of a computer with text reading 402,000 square feet
square feet comprise the state-of-the-art research facility, which houses cutting-edge technology and advanced capabilities to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change.

Illustration of person with a testing tube with text reading 12 emissions test cells
emissions test cells have been installed within the facility that can accommodate a range of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles and motorcycles.

illustration of doctor pointing at a picture of a persons lung with text reading 0 smog alerts
smog alerts have been issued in the past 25 years in the LA Basin. In 1967, when CARB was formed, 186 smog alerts were issued signifying extremely unhealthy air.

Illustration of a landscape with blue skies and green hills with CARB's logo and text reading 19 acres
acres were donated by UCR for CARB’s Southern California Headquarters. The new campus was named after Mary D. Nichols, a former CARB chair whose career as an environmental lawyer spans four decades.

Illustration of workers climbing and working on solar panels with text reading 3.5 megawatts
megawatts of electricity are generated by solar arrays throughout the CARB campus. Designed to be the largest Zero Net Energy building in the United States, the facility produces as much energy as it uses.


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