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Calendar: Sustainability Tips by Month

The 2010-2011 UC Davis wall calendar, printed on recycled paper, features what UC Davis is doing to create a more sustainable campus and what you can do to help. The calendar is available for sale from the UC Davis bookstore

Below are monthly tips and highlights from the calendar. Explore the Sustainable 2nd Century website for more information about sustainability at UC Davis.

To find campus sustainability events throughout the year, visit the campuswide list of events and seminars, upcoming events from the John Muir Institute of the Environment and other campus event calendars.

September: Try sustainable transportation

Photo: carpool

October: Explore energy

November: Enjoy campus food and good eating

Photo: spinach

December: Find a campus gift

January: Learn about climate change

Photo: Yolo bypass and Sacramento skyline

February: Avoid the landfill

March: Build your community and your health

Photo: Students shopping at the on-campus farmer's market

April: Grow, with UC Davis’ help

May: Explore campus lands

Photo: Hikers in Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve

June: Visit green buildings

July: See wildlife on campus

Photo: A bird in a tree in the UC Davis Arboretum

August: Save water

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Drought-tolerant landscaping 

Groundskeepers at UC Davis use mulching mowers, plant selectively to reduce waste and chip landscape waste to recycle as mulch. You can plant drought-tolerant landscaping at home. Find the perfect plant at an Arboretum plant sale. For more information visit; arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant_sales_and_nursery.aspx.

Zero-waste events

When it opened in 2007, Aggie Stadium was the first college stadium in the country to set a goal of zero waste. Find out how to plan your own zero waste events at sustainability.ucdavis.edu/action/event

Energy-saving innovations

Using new lighting technologies on campus, such as these at the South Entry Parking Structure, allows UC Davis to save energy costs and to fulfill its research mission while demonstrating effective new technologies in a real-world setting. In another partnership between campus staff and California Lighting Technology Center faculty, the campus is developing a project to extend these kinds of energy savings campuswide.

Human-powered transportation

Get around by human power — ride a bike, walk or skateboard — when you can. The campus goClub and Bicycle Program provide services and incentives that make riding your bike or walking to campus and between classes or meetings easier. For more information, visit goclub.ucdavis.edu.

Zero net energy

UC Davis West Village has been designed to become a community that uses zero net energy. A zero net energy building or community is one that consumes no more energy than it produces in a year. This goal will be achieved by combining efficient de­sign with renewable, on-site energy production. For more information, visit westvillage.ucdavis.edu.

Saving water, mowing less 

UC Verde buffalograss, developed by scientists at UC Davis and UC Riverside, needs only one-fourth the amount of water used for other turf grasses, and doesn’t have to be mowed once it gets established. The grass was included in the landscap­ing of the new Maurice J. Gallagher Hall, which is registered for Gold-level certi­fication by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) program. For more information, visit sustainability.ucdavis.edu/progress/water.

For event information, visit ucdavis.edu/calendar.

For commencement information, visit commencement.ucdavis.edu.

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