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10.28.14 — Aiming for a carbon neutral future
In November 2013, at her first Board of Regents meeting, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a forward-looking sustainability effort that would have the entire UC system achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits UC to balancing its net greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and vehicle fleet with renewable forms of energy, as well as reducing emissions from the outset through energy efficiency.
The more than 1,300 students in UC Davis’ newest residence halls will be showered with sustainability. Literally. The students, who move in this weekend, will use a water supply that is heated with energy derived from water vapor formerly lost to the atmosphere, through the campus steam plant's boiler stacks.
6.18.14 — UC Davis and Dubai-based developer enter agreement to collaborate on sustainability research
Diamond Developers, inspired by the energy-efficient West Village at UC Davis, is building its own sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The company is collaborating with UC Davis to expand research and develop curricula related to sustainable communities.
UC Davis’ official colors are blue and gold, but the campus is receiving more and more recognition these days for green — as in sustainability, for everything from bicycling to building design, and in operation and maintenance of existing buildings.
Laboratory chamber walls have been stealing vapors, causing researchers to underestimate the formation of secondary organic aerosol in the atmosphere. A study published April 7 in PNAS Online Early Edition describes how a team of scientists, including researchers from UC Davis showed that vapor losses to the walls of laboratory chambers can suppress the formation of secondary organic aerosol, which in turn has contributed to the underprediction of SOA in climate and air quality models.
Honda and UC Davis today marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
UC Davis made a significant advance in the just-released UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, which placed UC Davis in the top 10 for campus sustainability and environment-friendly management. In Universitas Indonesia’s fourth annual GreenMetric rankings, for 2013, UC Davis is ninth overall (up from 17th a year earlier) and fourth in the United States. The rankings comprise 301 universities. Out of all of the UC campuses, only Davis made the top 10.
11.26.13 — UC Davis West Village: Setting the standard
The University of California, Davis, West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, racks up an impressive list of achievements in its initial year of review. The first formal analysis of West Village shows that even in its initial phases, it is well on the way to the ultimate goal of operating as a ZNE community.
UPDATE (Nov. 13): During her visit to UC Davis in late October, the university’s new president, Janet Napolitano, stayed the night in a UC Davis West Village apartment. Today, in remarks at her first meeting of the Board of Regents, she described the remarkable reality of West Village
10.31.13 — Campus named a Green Building Super Hero
UC Davis is fighting for the environment as a Green Building Super Hero, as designated this week by the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
UC Davis is among the 10 “greenest” universities in the United States for the third year in row, as declared by the Sierra Club magazine.
Supporters and wine industry leaders gathered today at UC Davis to celebrate the opening of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building.
Large skylights send a flood of natural light into the lobby of the new Student Community Center at UC Davis, where students hold meetings, study on lounge chairs, or chat over compostable cups of coffee from CoHo South café. Upstairs in the media lab, they use computers powered in part by solar energy. Outside, students sit at patio tables shaded by umbrellas, next to a lawn-less landscape of drought-tolerant plants and permeable paving.
In a month that marked the annual Earth Day celebration, UC Davis received recognition for its environmental sustainability efforts from The Princeton Review and the League of American Bicyclists, reaffirming the school’s reputation as a green leader.
A new building-sealing technology developed by researchers at UC Davis will get a real-world test today at a Habitat for Humanity home in Stockton, Calif.
Built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for environmental standards, the new UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Research Facility has many energy efficient features such as automatic sunshades and vertical fins to block late afternoon summer sun from entering work spaces.
Since officially opening in October 2011, UC Davis West Village continues to grow both physically and academically, as a community and energy research hub for students, staff and faculty residents to live and learn.
UC Davis is wringing energy — and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings — from a former waste product: the water vapor often seen as a fluffy white plume coming out of the campus steam plant.
With more than 100 energy-conservation projects completed since 2009, UC Davis tallied net savings of $4.63 million in energy costs and collected $7.65 million in PG&E rebates through 2012, according to preliminary data in a year-end report.
Inspired by a visit to the innovative, energy-efficient UC Davis West Village in 2010, a Middle Eastern housing developer is now planning a sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
8.14.12 — UC Davis is nation’s ‘Coolest School’
Sierra magazine has named the UC Davis the nation’s “Coolest School” for its efforts to address climate change and operate sustainably.
They came. They saw. They studied — sustainability. The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, held at UC Davis for the first time in the event’s 11-year history, drew record registration: nearly 1,000 people from 88 institutions, mostly in California — but also including institutions in three other states and four other countries.
The “Visionary” series in building design returns to UC Davis in June with a program featuring Professor Roger Boulton and his vision: the most environmentally sophisticated winery in the world. The campus’s 2-year-old Teaching and Research Winery is the first such facility in the world with LEED-platinum status, the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
UC Davis West Village overcame funding constraints, delays, regulatory changes, a housing market collapse and other challenges to become the nation’s largest planned zero-net energy community, according to a new report on sustainable, low-carbon developments.
The following UC Davis experts are available to talk about the bold targets outlined in the governor’s green building order issued April 25. The executive order (B-18-12) aims to ensure that state facilities waste less energy on lighting, water, air-conditioning and heating.
Environmental activist and best-selling author Bill McKibben spoke highly of UC Davis and the Davis community in an April 13 talk: “This place has done more than almost anywhere else in the country to rise to the challenges we face.”
A new agreement between the UC Davis Energy Institute and the nonprofit Valley Climate Action Center illustrates how UC Davis West Village--the nation’s largest zero net energy community--is serving not only as a model for the nation, but also for its own backyard.
The infamous winds that gust through downtown San Francisco streets, overturning kiosks and sometimes toppling pedestrians, will help to power a revolutionary skyscraper set to open next fall -- and could pave the way for a new world market for energy-generating wind turbines in new buildings.
Ground was ceremonially broken today at the University of California, Davis, for the 8,000-square-foot Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building, which will enable the adjacent winery, brewery and food-processing complex to become the first self-sustainable, zero-carbon teaching and research facility in the world.
The University of California, Davis, has earned a third “platinum” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for creating buildings that lead the way to a sustainable future, more than any other University of California campus.
Setting a national precedent in sustainable design, UC Davis West Village will open its doors Saturday as the largest planned zero net energy community in the country.
UC Davis plans to move several energy-related research units into offices at UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, campus officials have announced.
9.13.11 — RANKINGS ROUNDUP: UC Davis among top 10 public universities, rates high in sustainability, public service
For the second consecutive year, UC Davis earned a ninth-place ranking among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue. UC Davis’ distinction for 2012, released today (Sept. 13), follows the campus’s top 10 honors for its commitment to sustainability (Sierra magazine).
UC Davis is greener and cooler this year, moving into the Top 10 of Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the “greenest” colleges in the United States. UC Davis earned the eighth spot, up from 16 a year ago, on the magazine's “America’s Coolest Schools” list.
6.8.11 — Green crusader
University of California Research: A lab researcher's campaign to reuse, recycle and reduce draws national acclaim.
UC Davis officially opened the doors today to the world’s most environmentally sophisticated facility for making wine, brewing beer and processing foods.
UC Davis’ new complex this week received the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first LEED Platinum winery, brewery or food-processing facility in the world.
The report cards are in and it is official: UC Davis is a green school. But just how green?
A newly completed complex at UC Davis is set to begin operations as the most environmentally sophisticated complex of its kind in the world.
New research facility will meet LEED Platinum standards, the highest rating possible.
A federal grant through the Department of Energy will create an innovative waste-to-energy project for UC Davis West Village.
Gallagher Hall is expected to be the first building on the UC Davis campus and the first business school in California to qualify for Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program.
10.9.09 — New GSM building opens
The GSM building, built to demanding environmental standards, opens on campus.
Philanthropic gifts help the campus achieve its sustainability goals.
6.12.09 — UC Davis’ Sustainable Second Century
After celebrating its first century, UC Davis should focus on sustainability for next 100 years, says this UC Davis Magazine column.
Sustainability and environment-friendly features are incorporated into the building design.
9.12.08 — The Second Century
Campus plans for next century.
A new Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office will coordinate universitywide efforts on sustainability, seed money will support new projects, and a new committee will advise the chancellor on sustainability.
6.13.08 — Green things at UC Davis
List of "green things" includes buildings, neighborhood, zero waste, lighting, transportation, purchasing and food.
1.25.08 — Energy savings effort nets $1.25M rebate
New, energy-saving chillers earned a $1.25 million PG&E rebate.
11.19.07 — Energy for the future
UC Davis is engineering a sustainable future: Let us count the ways
10.27.07 — How green are we?
Sustainability Day 2007 celebrates many aspects of campus effort (with video).
9.21.07 — Museum plans year of eco-exhibitions
The UC Davis Design Museum announced a year of eco-exhibitions.
Center is named one of only five science laboratories in the world to receive a Platinum LEED Certification.
UC Davis received awards for its dining commons composting project and the retrofitting of lighting systems.
1.26.07 — UC issues green report
The UC releases its progress in implementing its green building, clean energy and sustainable transportation policy.
12.15.06 — Green Building for a Blue Lake
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a green building that will house environmental research, is unveiled.
10.20.06 — Campus opens Lake Tahoe environmental center
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, an Earth-friendly building, opens its doors.
9.1.06 — Campus ‘greening’ under way
UC Davis' push for sustainability enters its second year and is already successful with commute alternatives, waste reduction and green building.
1.27.06 — Campus envisions a ‘green future’
UC Davis is launching its first-ever campuswide commitment to sustainability with six new initiatives.
UC Davis has selected its development partner for the first phase of the new West Village neighborhood. The team is committed to realizing a sustainable community.
Plans are for an environmentally-sound Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.