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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.
Since California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard went into effect in 2011, low carbon transportation fuels have displaced roughly 2.14 billion gallons of gasoline and 77 million gasoline gallon equivalents of diesel, according to a new report by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. This prevented the emission of about 2.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to removing half a million vehicles from the road.
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.
It is not enough to be energy efficient; LED lighting also must be consistently high quality and reliable to win over consumers. That message, from the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, helped prompt the California Energy Commission to include quality criteria for LED replacement lamps in its first-in-the-nation energy efficiency directive on Dec. 12, 2012.
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.
Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at UC Davis and in Hungary. The work was published Jan. 25 in the journal Physical Review Letters.
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.
The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Chemists at UC Davis have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.
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.
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.
With new grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development and industry partners, UC Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald is reaching out to feed and fuel the world.
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.
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).
Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power help to diversify the nation's energy mix, but they also bring new uncertainty to the power supply. Two UC Davis researchers are working with a national team of experts, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to help power utilities make sound plans in the face of that uncertainty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
2.3.11 — New approach to solar cells
An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz researchers is taking a novel approach to solar power, one that promises to lead to a technological breakthrough.
UC Davis has pledged to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent by 2015.
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 report cards are in and it is official: UC Davis is a green school. But just how green?
The Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy will be Nov. 15 and 16 at UC Davis.
10.12.10 — How to save energy at home
Tips to help you maximize your energy efficiency at home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In its 2010 Cool Schools survey, Sierra magazine ranked UC Davis 16th in the nation among America's "greenest" schools.
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.
The new Arthur H. Rosenfeld Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency chair holder will promote the Energy Efficiency Center's mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency, and conduct critical policy-supporting research.
A federal grant through the Department of Energy will create an innovative waste-to-energy project for UC Davis West Village.
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.
10.9.09 — New GSM building opens
The GSM building, built to demanding environmental standards, opens on campus.
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 research engineer Marshall Miller talks about merits and problems of lithium ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. .
A new wind farm in Rio Vista is able to take advantage of the research performed at UC Davis by engineer Case van Dam to maximize turbine performance with lighter blades.
UC Davis wind engineer Case van Dam talks about the technology behind California's newest wind energy farms.
4.24.09 — Smart energy
Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, visits campus to learn about the UC Davis Biogas Energy Project and the Renewable Energy Testing Center.
1.30.09 — Campus turns down thermostat, saves cash
Holiday conservation cuts almost $100,000 from gas, electric bills
Chevron Corporation has given UC Davis $2.5 million to create a permanent leadership position for the campus's Energy Efficiency Center.
UC Davis' California Lighting Technology Center unveiled efficient lighting system as part of campus' Smart Lighting Initiative
UC Davis has transformed the world in many ways, including through environmental contributions.
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.
3.14.08 — Range of savings in rebate program
Program to encourages units to trade in their old refrigerators and freezers for energy-efficient models.
3.1.08 — Energy from table scraps
The Biogas Energy Project is testing this idea on campus. (Video)
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
Article recaps the second annual Sustainability Day at UC Davis.
10.27.07 — How green are we?
Sustainability Day 2007 celebrates many aspects of campus effort (with video).
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UC Davis received awards for its dining commons composting project and the retrofitting of lighting systems.
First year successes for the Energy Efficiency Center.
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 — Green Building for a Blue Lake
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a green building that will house environmental research, is unveiled.
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.
4.21.06 — Campus launches energy center
Grant awarded to establish the country's first center of excellence in energy efficiency at UC Davis.
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.
4.8.05 — Use of landfill gas reaps savings
Methane gas produced at the campus landfill is used as an energy source to power a nearby boiler.
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