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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.
Your sludge is his plastic. Bissell has developed a technology and a business around converting municipal wastewater sludge into high-performance biodegradable plastics.
Here at UC Davis we recycle bottles and cans, cardboard and Styrofoam, CDs and DVDs, fluorescent bulbs and sticky notes, toner and inkjet cartridges, batteries and electronics, and even wine corks. And paper, of course. But what about our pens? Starting today (Sept. 14), we can recycle those, too, and other, selected writing implements — adding more “cool” to UC Davis’ recent ranking as the nation’s “Coolest School” in Sierra magazine’s evaluation of sustainability in higher education.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Plan Green conference at UC Davis will also include awards presented by the U.S. EPA for Fleet Services and Aggie Stadium.
2.3.11 — RecycleMania returns to UC Davis
Students lead campus involvement in this year's nationwide competition to increase recycling and reduce waste.
A tornado of plastic bags has touched down in the Design Museum, as part of the installation titled BAG (Bags Across the Globe): Designing to Reduce Waste, scheduled to run through March 11.
Formerly known as R4, the campus Waste Reduction and Recycling program helps coordinate waste reduction with campus planning.
UC Davis was honored as "Diversion Rate Champion" by the EPA in its 2010 "Wastewise Game Day Challenge."
The report cards are in and it is official: UC Davis is a green school. But just how green?
UC Davis is participating in a national competition to reduce waste at campus stadiums.
How campus dollars are spent to meet sustainability goals will be the focus of the 2010 Campus Sustainability Vendor Fair.
“Pack it” or “trash it” are not the only options, thanks to programs on campus and in the Davis community.
In its 2010 Cool Schools survey, Sierra magazine ranked UC Davis 16th in the nation among America's "greenest" schools.
3.29.10 — Turn trash into compost with new MU bins
3.5.10 — Dorm events dish up green
A federal grant through the Department of Energy will create an innovative waste-to-energy project for UC Davis West Village.
11.10.09 — Electronic waste needs to go green
UC Davis scientists argue for federal policies on recycling electronic waste.
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.
Waste reduction report from the 2009 WEF.
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.
UC Davis has transformed the world in many ways, including through environmental contributions.
6.25.08 — Designing for a sustainable conscience
Design students at UC Davis are creating posters intended to raise awareness of the amount of waste generated in campus buildings that could have been recycled.
6.13.08 — Green things at UC Davis
List of "green things" includes buildings, neighborhood, zero waste, lighting, transportation, purchasing and food.
6.2.08 — Human Resources goes green
HR is the first zero-waste building at UC Davis.
3.14.08 — Dirty work and dream jobs
Students work on interesting and challenging jobs, including at R4.
3.1.08 — Energy from table scraps
The Biogas Energy Project is testing this idea on campus. (Video)
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).
UC Davis received awards for its dining commons composting project and the retrofitting of lighting systems.
12.15.06 — Composting: Full cycle with food waste
UC Davis is the first UC campus to begin thorough post-consumer composting.
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.