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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.
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.
As California condors return from the brink of extinction, the threat of lead poisoning persists, particularly for older, more independent condors, according to a study led by UC Davis.
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.
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.
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.
In a landmark international collaboration on clean vehicle adoption, UC Davis and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center will work together to help speed the commercialization of plug-in and fuel cell electric cars in China and the U.S. under an agreement signed Sept. 6 in Tianjin, China.
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.
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.
Scientists today presented research findings and recommendations to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board that address Lake Tahoe’s aquatic nearshore environment and the heightened interest in understanding factors contributing to its apparent deterioration..
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.
California farmers feel more threatened by climate policy than they do by climate change, according to a new study from UC Davis.
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.
Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, is one of two recipients of the 2013 Blue Planet Prize. The prize, announced today by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Tokyo, has been described as the Nobel Prize for the environmental sciences.
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.
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.
Scientists at UC Davis have, for the first time, developed a system that can determine which types of air particles that pollute the atmosphere are the most prevalent and most toxic.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
UC Davis has pledged to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent by 2015.
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.
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.
How campus dollars are spent to meet sustainability goals will be the focus of the 2010 Campus Sustainability Vendor Fair.
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.
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.
11.10.09 — Electronic waste needs to go green
UC Davis scientists argue for federal policies on recycling electronic waste.
Interview with UC Davis’ new sustainability manager.
UC Davis transportation expert has a vision for our transportation future.
Repro Graphics earns certification from both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
6.25.08 — Lake Tahoe's health report II
It has been 10 years since President Clinton pledged about $50 million dollars of federal money to help reverse the environmental decline at Lake Tahoe.
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.
5.9.08 — Big green growth at UC Davis
The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Initiative includes a new office to coordinate universitywide efforts on sustainability, seed money to support new projects, and the creation of a chancellor-level advisory committee.
3.14.08 — Beyond the Bottom Line
M.B.A. grads bring sustainable business practices to their work.
UC officials deliver their annual report on UC's progress in implementing their Policy on Sustainable Practices.
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
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.
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 — Air Crusader
Sept. 11 victims, high school students, national park visitors have all benefited from Tom Cahill's air pollution expertise.
1.27.06 — Campus envisions a ‘green future’
UC Davis is launching its first-ever campuswide commitment to sustainability with six new initiatives./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.