The California Air Resources Board (CARB) said today it will host an open house of its new state-of-the-art “green” Southern California Headquarters at its Mary D. Nichols Campus in Riverside*. People are invited to tour the facility from 2- 5 p.m. as well as experience an electric zero-emission car Ride and Drive, interactive booths, a display of zero-emission trucks and buses, and what is likely the largest art collection dedicated to air quality. CARB Board Members, CARB Executive Officers, Riverside City and County Representatives will be in attendance.
“This world-class facility houses the newest advanced vehicle emissions testing laboratory in the world. The new headquarters and laboratory will enable CARB to continue its globally recognized research and achievements in reducing air pollution and fighting climate change over the coming decades.
“It is also an award-winning green building of the future and has earned environmental and sustainability accolades. The 19-acre campus offers emissions testing capabilities for cars, trucks and buses, motorcycles, small off-road engines and marine engines; an advanced chemistry lab; a 250-person auditorium; a media center; administrative space for 460 employees,” CARB said.
The new facility replaces the aging Haagen-Smit Laboratory (HSL) in El Monte that served CARB for almost 50 years. Advancements like the catalytic converter and the On-Board Diagnostic (Check Engine Light) system found on today’s vehicles were pioneered at HSL.
*California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters
- Mary D. Nichols Campus
- 4001 Iowa Ave., Riverside, CA 92507
- Public parking will be located at University of California, Riverside’s Lot 30 at 900 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside.
- A zero-emission shuttle will be provided to and from the event.