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Sustainability Map: Map Points

The sustainability map shows where to go on campus to see and experience how UC Davis is working towards meeting its sustainability goals.

screen capture of campus sustainability map

Depicted here, UC Davis' interactive Sustainability Map is a companion map to the Campus Map.

The sustainability map can be used to find places or things on campus that express or demonstrate ways that UC Davis and the campus community are taking action towards creating a more sustainable future.

Users can start with this introduction page and explore by clicking whole categories of points open (such as green buildings or recycling), or start with the map and by clicking the "Sustainability Information" link for each point jump to this page for more information.

The map is not exhaustive and is a living document. The mapmakers hope that members of campus will suggest points and additional information through either emailing sustainability@ucdavis.edu, or submitting comments on the blog post about the map.

Sustainable Transportation

Transportation choices affect air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and land use planning. Find out how you can improve your commute, and campus progress toward transportation goals.

bike iconBike services

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bike iconBike tire air station

Biking is easier and more pleasant with fully inflated tires; fill your saggy tires at the bike tire air stations available 24/7. There are also limited-hours air stations at the Bike Barn and the Bike Garage.

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bike iconBike tool station

Basic bike repair tools for simple do-it-yourself repairs; the station at TAPS has a Presta valve.

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bike iconBike locker

There are 38 bike lockers, each with 2 parking spaces, on campus. To rent bike lockers, contact TAPS. Learn more about storing your bicycle for the summer.

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bus iconUnitrans terminals

Founded in 1968 by students, the Unitrans bus system today uses compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline or diesel, for 95 percent of its travel.

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bus iconUCD/UCDMC Shuttle

A shuttle runs between the Davis campus and the Medical Center in Sacramento. Shuttle information.

bus iconBerkeley Bus

A bus makes two weekday roundtrips between UC Davis and UC Berkeley, providing a sustainable transportation option. Bus information.

car iconElectric vehicle charging station

Transportation and Parking Services currently provides 29 EV charging stations on campus.

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car iconZipcar location

The car-sharing company, Zipcar, has 7 cars available on campus.

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Green Buildings

Buildings have major environmental impacts, as documented in an EPA report (PDF). Learn about green building practices on campus, which aim to reduce buildings' impact. Find out more about LEED and about the key features of the green buildings on the sustainability map.

LEED Platinum building iconLEED Certified Platinum

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LEED Gold building iconLEED Certified Gold

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LEED Silver building iconLEED Certified Silver

LEED Certified building iconLEED Certified

LEED Registered building iconLEED Registered

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Waste Reduction and Recycling

Minimizing or eliminating waste can have a positive effect on greenhouse gas emissions and material sourcing. Find out about campus progress in waste reduction, or how you can recycle, compost or host a zero-waste event.

multibins iconRecycling multi-bins

Find out what you can recycle in the blue multi-bins, including small electronics. The multi-bins are located in a main public area of the following buildings:

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composting iconComposting

Compost materials are collected from various campus dining outlets and composting on-campus is done by Project Compost at the Student Farm.

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zero waste iconZero-waste capable buildings

Learn about how some campus buildings have already committed to zero waste.

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waste infrastructure iconWaste infrastructure

The campus has its own landfill, in addition to a pilot biodigester (the biodigester is listed under energy).

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Smart Purchasing

Smart, green purchasing choices have broad impacts on sustainability, from waste reduction to water consumption, social equity, healthy ecosystems and more. UC Davis Sociology lecturer Ellis Jones wrote The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make a Big Difference to help consumers make smarter, greener purchases. Learn more about how campus is using smart purchasing to reduce waste and how you can take action to buy smart.

smart purchasing iconPurchasing

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Learn more about how campus has reduced energy consumption, look up a campus building on the energy dashboard, find out how you can take action to save energy and learn about Store Smart, a laboratory cold storage energy saving program.

solar pv iconSolar photovoltaic (PV) installations

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heat pump iconGeothermal: ground-source heat pumps

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energy iconEnergy infrastructure

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biomass iconBiomass

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Read about the UC Davis Climate Action Plan and learn about ways you can take action to help the campus reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

climate iconLighting initiative

The Smart Lighting Initiative will reduce the campus's electricity use for lighting by 60% by the end of 2015. The initiative is an action step described in the campus Climate Action Plan.

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climate iconZero net energy development

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climate iconClimate science

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UC Davis has a depth of research in environmental sciences and biology. The campus maintains a 640-acre riparian reserve and habitat mitigation area as well as notable plant collections, which help evolve our understanding of ecosystems and species.

reserves iconPutah Creek Riparian Reserve

Experience a riparian setting on campus.

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habitats iconCollections and habitats

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There are many beautiful gardens and landscapes on the UC Davis campus. The ones profiled below demonstrate progress towards more sustainable gardens and landscapes. Low-impact landscapes use less water and energy to maintain them, often through the use of native plants that are not pruned as frequently, drought-tolerant plants that require less water, and durable materials that require less intense maintenance. Many of these gardens and landscapes also have signage or other teaching elements to educate visitors about their lower impact features. Learn more about campus progress and what you can do.

arboretum iconUC Davis Arboretum

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gardens iconOrnamental gardens

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landscapes iconLow-impact landscapes

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The Davis campus pumps aquifer water for domestic use and irrigation. The campus has a remnant stream channel, the Arboretum Waterway, that functions as a major stormwater management pond, as well as provides habitat for aquatic life. Find out more about campus water management.

stormwater iconStormwater

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water infrastructure iconWater infrastructure

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The campus is a powerhouse in agricultural research and campus members are equally enthusiastic about growing their own food, including right on campus.

farms iconFarms and community gardens

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From our start as the University Farm, UC Davis has been very influential in how and what people eat. Find out more about campus progress in dining.  

dining iconCampus dining

A Sacramento Area Certified Sustainable Business, Dining Services takes action on sustainability in the dining commons in a variety of ways, from using smaller dish sizes and going trayless to reduce waste, composting pre- and post-consumer organic waste, and providing a range of dining options, including vegan and vegetarian meals. Dining Services purchases meat, fish, eggs, coffee, local produce and other food that meets UC Policy on Sustainable Practices definitions for sustainable food systems. The UC Davis Coffee House purchases local and sustainable foods, provides vegetarian options daily, and is run mainly by students, with some full-time staff. Gunrock Pub, a full-service restaurant on campus, purchases local and sustainable foods.

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groceries iconGroceries

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Being engaged, connected to and involved in one's community is at the heart of sustainability. From our external partnerships to student involvement, UC Davis is works at building a strong community to foster sustainability. 

community iconStudent communities

Students can get involved in many ways with sustainability related classes, groups and activities or jobs. The communities profiled below offer hands-on living opportunities, use consensus-based decision making processes, or provide communal spaces for group activities.

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Our commitment: UC Davis strives to be a model sustainable campus, meeting measurable goals by improving daily operations; planning for the long term; and employing campus research, cutting-edge technologies and community collaboration. UC Davis follows the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, as well as campus goals and policies that go beyond the UC Policy.

policy iconStudents

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policy iconAdministration

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