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University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, and SunPower representatives today (Nov. 20) are dedicating the university’s newly constructed 16.3-megawatt (AC) solar power plant. The new plant, which UC Davis estimates will generate 14 percent of the electricity the campus needs, is the largest solar installation in the UC system and the largest “behind-the-meter” solar plant on a U.S. college campus offsetting electricity demand.
Launching Oct. 6 and running through Dec. 10, the first Cool Campus Challenge aims to get everyone across the UC campuses on board with the carbon neutrality effort with a bit of friendly competition.
10.1.15 — 9 ways to get your green on!
Brief description of content goes here.Mix UC Davis' school colors — blue and gold — with a special measure of environmental care, and you've created Aggie green. Discover nine ways that Aggie green colors what we do on campus and join in.
UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, continues to work toward its goal of producing 100 percent of the energy it uses.
Researchers at UC Davis, working with colleagues at the other UC campuses, have developed an ambitious plan to use the UC Natural Reserve System to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change in California.
UC Davis students, staff and faculty continue to ride circles around a consultant who doubted if the university could get more people to bike to and from campus.
California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20.
11.1.14 — Hot crops
Researchers at UC Davis and around the world are scrambling to develop new varieties of food and fiber crops that will produce abundant yields despite drought and other effects of climate change. They’re also exploring more water-efficient ways to grow existing crops.
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.
Butterflies in Canadian mountain meadows rebounded after a severe population crash. Why? It’s all about connections, found a study by UC Davis in collaboration with Western University in Ontario, Canada, and other North American institutions.
UC and SunPower Corp. plan to build a 16-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power plant that is expected to generate 14 percent of UC Davis’ electricity needs. The university anticipates that, when the plant is completed in 2015, more than one-third of total electricity demand on campus will be served from carbon neutral energy sources. On completion, the project will be the largest solar power installation in the University of California system, and the largest solar power plant to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus.
More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by UC Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Additionally, reductions in carbon dioxide emissions reaching 1,700 megatons per year in 2050 could be achieved if this shift occurs.
California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, UC researchers reported.
Lowering a white disk off a boat and into Lake Tahoe’s blue waters was once the most widely used indicator of the lake’s clarity and health. Today, the Secchi disk is still an important tool, but 46 years after UC Davis first began continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe, an array of new technologies and computer models are helping scientists better understand what has proven to be a complex ecosystem.
A new report from UC Davis shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account.
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.
The population of California’s iconic tricolored blackbird has suffered a dramatic decline in the past six years, according to a new survey coordinated by UC Davis.
"If we don't do it, who will?" With this question last week, UC President Janet Napolitano asserted the university's leadership role in sustainability, especially in carbon neutrality.
California brown pelicans’ breeding numbers are in drastic decline this year, according to an annual population survey led by a UC Davis professor emeritus. The low nesting rates this spring could indicate that an El Niño event could occur sooner than expected, or that other factors are imperiling the once-endangered species.
California’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, and could cost the industry $1.7 billion and cause more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
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.
The future impact of climate change on California’s agriculture and natural resources will be the focus of a May 19 forum in Sacramento, coordinated by the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. Gov. Jerry Brown and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will address the forum, titled “Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources.”
UC Davis and the Exploratorium in San Francisco have formally partnered to incorporate the latest scientific innovations into the museum’s exhibits and programs. The two institutions will announce the alliance this evening, May 2, during a private ceremony at the museum.
4.29.14 — UC summit: Learning to live with drought
As a mocking rain drizzled atop the Capitol’s roof last Friday (April 25), hundreds of university scientists and state water experts gathered inside for the UC Drought Summit, organized by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
Experts from across University of California campuses today, April 25, will explore with policymakers how to lessen the effects of the California drought, one of the worst on record.
More than a decade ago, Ruihong Zhang, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at UC Davis, started working on a problem: How to turn as much organic waste as possible into as much renewable energy as possible. Today, on Earth Day, the university and Sacramento-based technology partner CleanWorld are officially unveiling the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) at the campus’ former landfill.
4.17.14 — UC Davis takes action: California Drought website, UC Drought Summit April 25, and new campus plan
Even before the worst drought in California’s recorded history pushed the issue of dwindling water resources sharply to attention this year, UC Davis was already taking aggressive measures to reduce its water use. Methods such as drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow fixtures in student housing, and a reverse osmosis system for campus boilers has kept campus water use nearly constant since the 1970s.
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.
For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.
The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from UC Davis.
As California braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis.
1.22.14 — Study finds investors in U.S. oil, gas companies have not ignored science behind unburnable carbon, but considered multiple factors
Investors in U.S. oil and gas companies have not ignored the science when considering whether the potential carbon asset stock prices constitute a bubble — a concern raised in recent media reports, a new UC Davis study suggests. The study found, instead, that investors’ rational expectations for future cash flows are based on all possible scenarios, not just particular negative ones that crop up in the media.
As scholars who study global business trends and their impact, Paul A. Griffin and Amy Myers Jaffe are great role models for their students at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. The two UC Davis faculty members tackle a range of corporate social responsibility issues across the global stage such as energy and sustainability, use of conflict minerals and greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
The once-booming, now struggling Olympia oyster native to the West Coast could face a double threat from ocean acidification and invasive predators, according to new research from UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. The work is published Jan. 15 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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.
UC Davis has been selected in a national competition this week to lead a two-year, $11.2 million research consortium for the U.S. Department of Transportation, focused on addressing and preparing for climate change.
UC Davis will build on its success as a center for problem-solving research on California's critical water issues thanks to a $10 million gift to the Center for Watershed Sciences.
California farmers feel more threatened by climate policy than they do by climate change, according to a new study from UC Davis.
A study of the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the 1860s has uncovered strong evidence that absorption of sunlight in snow by soot, or black carbon, released by a rapidly industrializing Europe was to blame.
From the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the peaks of Denali and the swamps of the Florida Everglades, the IMPROVE network, overseen by the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at UC Davis provides air quality data to help enhance the skies over national parks in the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the measurement network, and its first expansion beyond North America’s borders — to South Korea.
The new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute will bring a new undergraduate program in marine sciences, a spruced-up Bodega Marine Laboratory, and enhanced opportunities for collaboration and education among marine scientists spread across UC Davis.
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.
What’s good for adults is not always best for the young, and vice versa. At least that is the case with song sparrows and how they experience the effects of climate change, according to two recent studies by scientists at UC Davis and Point Blue Conservation Science.
While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels.
Salmon and other native freshwater fish in California will likely become extinct within the next century due to climate change if current trends continue, ceding their habitats to non-native fish, predicts a study by scientists from the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis.
UC Davis is No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released today by QS World University Rankings.
In an era of increasing climate instability, the southwestern United States faces strained water resources, greater prevalence of tree-killing organisms, and potentially significant alterations of agricultural infrastructure.
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.
An action-oriented scientific agenda for tackling global climate change and its impacts on agriculture emerged from the international, three-day Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference, which drew more than 300 participants last week to the UC Davis.
Scientists and policymakers from around the world will gather March 20-22 at UC Davis to grapple with the threats of climate change for global agriculture and recommend science-based actions to slow its effects while meeting the world’s need for food, livelihood and sustainability.
Earthworms are long revered for their beneficial role in soil fertility, but with the good comes the bad: they also increase greenhouse gas emissions from soils, according to a study published Feb. 3 in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a UC Davis soil scientist.
Nitrogen (N) fertilizers are widely used in modern agriculture. They produce high yields and play an integral role in feeding the global population. Unfortunately, their use in “fertigation” – using fertilizers dissolved in water to irrigate crops – has destructive effects on the environment.
UC Davis atmospheric scientist Stephen Conley is flying over the spine of California, tracing 600 miles of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s natural gas pipeline for methane leaks. Specialized instruments on Conley's plane allow UC Davis researchers to detect gas leaks several miles downwind from the source.
A UC Davis challenge to build more energy efficient air conditioning has spurred a major global manufacturer to build a rooftop air conditioner that is 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional units. The challenge, established in 2008 by the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, is the most demanding certification of its kind.
11.5.12 — Carbon buried in the soil rises again
A research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientist has identified a source of carbon emissions that could play a role in understanding past and future global change.
More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientist.
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.
Humans may be forcing an irreversible, planetary-scale tipping point that could severely impact fisheries, agriculture, clean water and much of what Earth needs to sustain its inhabitants. Such a change has not been seen since the shift from the Ice Age to an interglacial age 11,700 years ago—a time of mass extinctions and extreme climate shifts, according to the authors, who estimate that Earth may experience the next major tipping point within a few generations.
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).
The biggest bang in this year's UC Davis business plan competition came from the S2E Energy founder who touted a thin, clear windowlike material said to conduct the sun's power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology.
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.
A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published May 13 in the advance online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that the volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees will be used and in which part of the world the trees are grown.
Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center, has been named the first Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Davis. The designation honors both Siminovitch, a professor of design whose work is revolutionizing lighting throughout California, and Rosenfeld, considered the “father of energy efficiency.”
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.
On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a national team of scientists, including two researchers from the University of California, Davis, warns that inadequate knowledge about the effects of deepwater oil well blowouts threatens scientists’ ability to help manage comparable future events.
Technology invented by a University of California, Davis, researcher that converts solid waste into renewable energy is debuting today as the first commercially available, high-solid anaerobic digestion system in the United States.
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.”
3.5.12 — Tiny trees for solar power
Microscopic “fractal trees” grown from silver could be the basis of a new type of solar cell, say chemists at the University of California, Davis. “We expect these structures will allow us to make better, more efficient solar cells,” said Professor Frank Osterloh, a principal investigator on the $100,000 grant.
A UC Davis study finds that it pays to be green, as companies that are open about their greenhouse gas emissions and carbon reduction strategies see stock values rise. Graduate School of Management Professor Paul Griffin and his co-author, Yuan Sun of UC Berkeley, tracked stock prices of firms around the time these companies voluntarily issued press releases disclosing carbon emission information.
Grapevines and native plants are a fine blend for the environment, suggests a team of researchers led by a plant ecologist at the University of California, Davis. According to their research, reported in the online journal Carbon Balance and Management, vineyard landscapes that include both vines and native vegetation provide more environmental benefits than vineyards planted solidly in grapevines.
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.
11.14.11 — New project will study 'deep carbon'
Studying the behavior of carbon — the essential element in oil and natural gas — deep within the Earth is the aim of a new initiative co-directed by a UC Davis chemistry professor and funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
11.14.11 — San Joaquin Valley residents face high environmental and social hazards, UC Davis study says
While California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the nation’s richest agricultural resources, half of the people who live and work there face elevated levels of air and water pollution coupled with poverty, limited education, language barriers, and racial and ethnic segregation, according to a three-year UC Davis study.
The first genome-scale model for predicting the functions of genes and gene networks in a grass species has been developed by an international team of researchers that includes a UC Davis rice geneticist.
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.
Responding to increased student interest in sustainability, UC Davis this fall introduced a new major, sustainable agriculture, and a new minor, sustainability in the built environment.
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.
They are like Swiss Army knives. Only bigger. And blue. And for bikes. They are Dero Fixit stations — with tools and air pumps. Transportation and Parking Services (which includes the Bicycle Program) recently put in six of the stations around the Davis campus. They are free for anyone to use.
Tarver, who comes from what he calls “a very traditional forestry background of fighting fires and taking people on backpacking trips,” now focuses his attention on urban forestry — the role that trees play in city and suburban communities.
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.
UC Davis will receive $3.1 million of a $40 million biofuels grant announced today (Sept. 28) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Led by researchers at the University of Washington, the five-year project is intended to expand what has been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and Northern California.
An international team of 58 ecologists, including UC Davis researcher Louie Yang, has found that habitat productivity does not predict the quantity or diversity of plant species, as has been assumed for several decades.
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).
Two sustainable agricultural projects led by UC Davis plant scientists have received 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary's Honor Awards, the most prestigious awards given by the USDA secretary.
Members of the public will be able to visually immerse themselves in two of the best-known lakes in the United States, thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
Warming streams could spell the end of spring-run Chinook salmon in California by the end of the century, according to a study by scientists at UC Davis, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
For the first time, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have demonstrated that forest trees have the ability to tap into nitrogen found in rocks, boosting the trees’ growth and their ability to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The University of California, Davis, this fall will launch an undergraduate major focused on agricultural sustainability.
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.
Complex traits that help plants adapt to environmental challenges are likely influenced by variations in thousands of genes that are affected by both the plant’s growth and the external environment, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.
Lake Tahoe clarity dropped in 2010, but the rate of decline in clarity over the past decade remains slower compared with previous decades, according to UC Davis scientists who have monitored the lake for more than 40 years.
The Davis campus is preparing to “park” more than 1,200 solar-energy collector panels in Lot 1 immediately south of the south entry parking garage.
Global food trends, energy and social media will be featured topics at the second annual California Ag Summit, to be held Jan. 27 at UC Davis.
6.8.11 — Building a green lab
University of California Research: Making research labs more sustainable can help UC campuses to cut energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
6.8.11 — Green crusader
University of California Research: A lab researcher's campaign to reuse, recycle and reduce draws national acclaim.
The Freezer Challenge is a national contest to save energy and improve research sample management and storage practices in ultra-low freezer temperature freezers. UC Davis pioneered the Freezer Challenge as a way to introduce Store Smart, a campaign to improve laboratory cold storage management.
UC Davis today agreed to help the U.S. Navy find new ways to use less energy and to derive more of the energy it does use from renewable sources such as the sun and wind, instead of oil and coal.
2.14.11 — AAAS conference: Greenhouse gases, agricultural nitrogen, making energy from manure & more
UC Davis researchers will present these findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
How much greenhouse gas a company produces has a significant effect on the value of the company's stock, according to a new study.
A UC Davis researcher and co-authors challenge a widely held assumption that plants will move uphill in response to warmer temperatures.
UC Davis has pledged to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent by 2015.
11.22.10 — Science presented at Global Climate Summit suggests ways to protect agriculture, environment
Agriculture plays a central role in global climate change. Students and faculty from the Department of Plant Sciences presented delegates at the summit with their forward-thinking research to quantify and mitigate its effects.
Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi joined global leaders as the only academic signatory to a new public-private alliance championed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to confront climate change and build a global green economy.
UC Davis scientists issued the most detailed forecast to date of likely climate-change effects at Lake Tahoe.
Delegates who arrived early for the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3 got a taste of UC Davis' research prowess and forward thinking.
Global oil will run out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready, says a new UC Davis study based on stock market expectations.
The Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy will be Nov. 15 and 16 at UC Davis.
10.27.10 — Low elevations hold climate surprises
Contrary to expectations, climate change has had a significant effect on mountain plants at low elevations, says a new study led by a UC Davis researcher.
UC Davis is becoming part of a new Southwest Climate Science Center, established to address current and future effects of climate change.
Warmer oceans promote invasive animals and threaten natives, say UC Davis marine biologists who report striking new evidence from Bodega Bay.
A day of service on Oct. 9 followed by a community festival on Oct. 10 will focus on climate change and what Davis community members can do about it.
The impacts of climate change and Assembly Bill 32 on California’s economy and the environment will be the topic of a conference sponsored by the UC Giannini Foundation and UC Agricultural Issues Center.
UC Davis researchers report new information on the mechanism of carbon flow from the Earth's oceans at the end of the last ice age.
UC Davis study says rising temperatures from climate change will increase ozone levels in California’s major air basins.
UC Davis releases its Climate Action Plan report.
5.25.10 — Universities study energy efficiency too
Interview with Nicole Biggart, the Chevron Chair in Energy at UC Davis, about motivations behind adopting new energy-efficient technologies.
UC Davis is taking a leadership role in spurring the innovations, ideas and dialogue that are needed to help create a clean energy future for Northern California — and beyond.
Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide interfere with plants’ ability to convert nitrate into protein.
A new University of California, Davis, study by a top ecological forecaster says it is harder than experts thought to predict when sudden shifts in Earth’s natural systems will occur.
The California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis hosts an open house to show off the energy-saving lighting systems ready now and coming soon for homes, offices, businesses, and even parking lots.
A UC online publication outlines strip-tillage, a management practice with potential to benefit farmers while decreasing the amount of soil disturbed and dust.
UC Davis researcher finds that California butterflies are suffering from climate change and land development.
UC Davis researchers will receive $2.8 million in new grants to study the use and impacts of nitrogen.
12.7.09 — Don’t blame cows for climate change
UC Davis Associate Professor and Air Quality Specialist Frank Mitloehner says it is not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change.
Doctoral student's analysis of stalagmites found California experienced centuries-long droughts in the past 20,000 years that coincided with the thawing of ice caps in the Arctic.
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.
UC Davis transportation expert has a vision for our transportation future.
2.9.09 — Big wheel
UC Davis expert Daniel Sperling's predictions for the future of transportation.
10.17.08 — UC Davis studies tail pipe emissions
As millions of new alternative fuel cars hit the road, scientists from UC Davis and the University of Wisconsin, Madison are beginning a study exactly how they will affect air pollution.
UC Davis researchers at Lake Tahoe published the first evidence that climate change alters the makeup of algae, which are the foundation of the web of life in freshwater lakes.
UC Davis has transformed the world in many ways, including through environmental contributions.
6.26.08 — Designing the new fuel standards
UC Davis is leading the way in helping California trim the carbon "fat" out of the fuels that go into cars and trucks.
6.20.08 — 100 mpg vehicles just around corner
UC Davis co-organized and co-sponsored the first international conference on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in San Jose.
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 — New Student Movement
Activists with the California Student Sustainability Coalition, including UC Davis students, encourage UC and other campuses to become more climate friendly.
6.13.08 — Future Car Talk
National Public Radio’s Car Talk visited the UC Davis shop of Professor Andrew Frank to talk about cars of the future.
UC Davis joined in Focus the Nation by focusing much of its attention on global climate change.
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11.19.07 — Energy for the future
UC Davis is engineering a sustainable future: Let us count the ways
11.9.07 — Scientists to study new plug-in hybrids
Electric cars will be loaned to Northern California families and UC Davis researchers will analyze their responses.
UC Davis will loan families electric cars and analyze their experiences.
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UC Davis experts release "Low Carbon Fuel Standard," designed to stimulate improvements in transportation-fuel technologies.
UC Davis scientists who are researching air pollution talk about how it can make us sick, and what we can do to clean up our air. (Video)
4.6.07 — Greenhouse gas tally OK'd
A recent tally of greenhouse gas emissions from all campus property is a step closer to being an official part of the California Climate Action Registry.
Aa consultant is certifying the data for inclusion in the California Climate Action Registry.
Daniel Sperling, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies named to the California Air Resources Board.
1.26.07 — UC issues green report
The UC releases its progress in implementing its green building, clean energy and sustainable transportation policy.
A look at the possible future of energy as influenced by UC Davis activities.
12.15.06 — Air Crusader
Sept. 11 victims, high school students, national park visitors have all benefited from Tom Cahill's air pollution expertise.
10.20.06 — Campus opens Lake Tahoe environmental center
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, an Earth-friendly building, opens its doors.
Chevron Corp. will fund research at UC Davis to develop affordable, renewable transportation fuels from farm and forest residues, urban wastes and crops grown specifically for energy.
Professor's work finds periods of warming temperatures during the last ice age triggered the release of methane from beneath the ocean.
"Trinity," a highly fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid vehicle, was unveiled today by engineering students.
10.21.05 — Key themes reflected in new faculty hiring
A competition to identify the campus's highest priorities will add new faculty positions to programs that include those that focus on sustainability.
A PBS television program's website shows the director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studie debating Joseph Romm, executive director and founder of the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions.
Govenor launched the nation's first Hydrogen Highway Network in an event at UC Davis
At the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3, the chancellor urged the U.S. government “to stand up and lead” in the climate change crisis./progress/climate/renewable_energytopicsBusinessBuildingsEnergyWaste reductionLandClimatePolicysite://s2c.ucdavis.edu/progress/climate/renewable_energys2c.ucdavis.edurenewable_energyRenewable Energy at UC DavisRenewable Energy at UC DavisUC Davis is active in procuring renewable energy. Among the recent projects, the campus has rooftop solar, a biodigester, and the UC Davis Large Solar Power Plant started producing renewable energy in August 2015 to meet approximately 14 percent of the Davis campus electricity needs.