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  • 10.6.15 — UC launches Cool Campus Challenge in a push toward carbon neutrality

    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.

  • 9.30.15 — UC Davis West Village tracks its progress toward zero net energy

    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.

  • 12.17.14 — UC Davis to help in UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems

    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.

  • 12.10.14 — Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health

    Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect for California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.

  • 12.4.14 — Condors with greater independence have higher lead levels

    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.

  • 11.25.14 — Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to campus

    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.

  • 11.12.14 — Fresh idea brings campus produce to UC Davis pantry

    Campus-grown produce, delivered by bicycle and offered at a UC Davis food pantry, is warming not only the stomachs of students, but also their hearts.

  • 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.

  • 9.24.14 — Good catch: Fishermen clean ocean of lost crabbing gear

    California’s rugged North Coast lays claim to one of the state’s most valuable commercial fisheries: Dungeness crab. Millions of pounds of this meaty delicacy are pulled in each year from Morro Bay to the California-Oregon border, making for an industry valued at $32 million to $95 million per year. But there’s another catch: Many of the thousands of crab pots set in the sea don’t make their way back. Now, a group of fishermen collaborating with UC Davis are working to remove the lost crabbing gear from the ocean and sell it back to the original owners under what they hope will be an economically sustainable model for future cleanups.

  • 9.23.14 — Tercero 3: Our most sustainable residence halls yet

    The more than 1,300 students in UC Davis’ newest residence halls will be showered with sustainability. Literally. The students, who move in this weekend, will use a water supply that is heated with energy derived from water vapor formerly lost to the atmosphere, through the campus steam plant's boiler stacks.

  • 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.

  • 6.16.14 — Professor, student on UC's Global Climate Leadership Council

    "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.

  • 6.3.14 — Graduation gowns go blue and green

    For graduation, black has turned to blue — and gone green. Students are wearing newly designed graduation gowns that are UC Davis blue with gold trim and environmentally friendly in their construction and care. The baccalaureate gowns also feature the “UC Davis” logo.

  • 5.12.14 — Gov. Brown to speak at May 19 climate change event

    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.”

  • 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.

  • 3.25.14 — Honda Smart Home at UC Davis West Village offers vision for zero carbon living

    Honda and UC Davis today marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.

  • 1.21.14 — UC Davis ranks in top 10 worldwide for sustainability

    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.

  • 1.17.14 — African Orphan Crops Consortium announces 100 crops for sequencing

    The African Orphan Crops Consortium, which includes UC Davis, Mars Inc. and other global partners, today released the names of the 100 African crop species whose genomes it plans to sequence, assemble and annotate to improve the nutrition of African farm families, especially their children.

  • 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.

  • 11.13.13 — Napolitano reports to regents on West Village 'learning and living'

    UPDATE (Nov. 13): During her visit to UC Davis in late October, the university’s new president, Janet Napolitano, stayed the night in a UC Davis West Village apartment. Today, in remarks at her first meeting of the Board of Regents, she described the remarkable reality of West Village

  • 9.24.13 — New center to prepare national transportation for extreme weather, climate change

    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.

  • 8.14.13 — We're still a ‘Cool School’: top 10 three years in a row

    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.

  • 7.29.13 — 3-D sandbox exhibit brings watersheds to life at Lake Tahoe

    Sandboxes have come a long way. A new interactive, augmented-reality exhibit brings watersheds to life at UC Davis’ Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, Nev.

  • 6.12.13 — Eastern Coachella Valley report finds elevated levels of air and water pollution

    Residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley in Riverside County live every day with elevated environmental hazards in their air and water, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.

  • 5.16.13 — Student Community Center earns LEED Platinum, UC Davis’ fifth

    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.

  • 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.

  • 6.15.12 — EXHIBITIONS: 'Igniting' the art of sustainability

    Figuratively speaking, 13 California artists will “ignite” the sustainability conference that is taking place here next week. Among the artists are two from the UC Davis faculty: Professor Ann Savageau of the Department of Design, and Professor Emerita Gyöngy Laky of the Textiles and Clothing Program — each of whom works with reused and repurposed materials.

  • 6.6.12 — Oil spill hit beach microbes

    Oiled seabirds and turtles may have been the dominant images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but new research shows that there was also massive harm to the microscopic creatures in coastal sands, lasting months after beaches were clean to human eyes.

  • 6.6.12 — Humans may be forcing an irreversible tipping point for Earth

    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.

  • 6.1.12 — ‘Visionary’: Professor Boulton and our sustainable winery

    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).

  • 5.31.12 — Russell Ranch Field Day

    The Russell Ranch Field Day brings together farmers, students, NGOs, research, and UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors and specialists to discuss sustainable agriculture.

  • 5.30.12 — Planning for uncertainty in power generation

    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.

  • 5.29.12 — Farmers Market offers healthy eating options

    Healthy eating is important for college students who study hard, and that’s why the UC Davis Farmers Market came to fruition.

  • 5.25.12 — Green power sources win at Big Bang! business competition

    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.

  • 5.14.12 — UC Davis West Village a global model for sustainable urban planning

    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.

  • 5.14.12 — When, where and how wood is used impact carbon emissions from deforestation

    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.

  • 4.26.12 — Expert sources on Calif. governor’s new green-building order

    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.

  • 4.23.12 — $25 million grant aims to boost food security in developing world

    A UC Davis agricultural economist will direct a $25 million federal program aimed at creating financial systems that can boost agricultural productivity and food security in developing countries.

  • 4.20.12 — Deepwater Horizon exposed serious gaps in deepwater oil spill research

    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.

  • 4.17.12 — McKibben on climate change: 'We can't let it go on'

    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.”

  • 3.28.12 — Farmers market — now at the Silo — opens next week

    You’ve got a barn on one side and a silo on another: What better place for the UC Davis Farmers Market? It’s the old East Quad Farmers Market, with a new name and a new venue, the Silo courtyard.

  • 3.13.12 — Nitrate in drinking water raises health concerns for rural Californians

    One in 10 people living in California’s most productive agricultural areas is at risk of exposure to harmful levels of nitrate contamination in their drinking water, according to a report released today by the University of California, Davis. The report was commissioned by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

  • 1.31.12 — Stock values rise when companies disclose “green” information, UC Davis study finds

    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.

  • 12.13.11 — Wine grapevines and native plants make a fine blend, study shows

    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.

  • 11.18.11 — UC Davis West Village a zero net energy model for city

    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.

  • 11.17.11 — Wind experts advise on revolutionary wind-powered skyscraper

    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.

  • 11.9.11 — FOOD, ETC.: Dried tomatoes join campus products line

    The “made at UC Davis” label has been attached to a new product: dried tomatoes. They come from the university’s Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, run by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

  • 11.4.11 — Network of rice genes to speed development of biofuel crops

    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.

  • 11.3.11 — Sustainable winery building to be hub of environmental technology

    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.

  • 10.31.11 — UC Davis offers innovative new majors, minors

    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.

  • 10.27.11 — UC Davis achieves third platinum award for green building

    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.

  • 10.27.11 — TAPS sets up bike repair stations around the 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.

  • 10.25.11 — A TREE GROWS IN OAKLAND: UC Davis urban forester engages youth in greening inner city

    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.

  • 10.13.11 — Nation's largest planned zero net energy community opens

    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.

  • 9.30.11 — Campus elaborates on 'U-Hub' plan for energy innovation

    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.

  • 9.28.11 — UC Davis is partner in a major Pacific Northwest biofuels project

    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.

  • 9.23.11 — New plant ecology study challenges conventional wisdom

    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).

  • 9.12.11 — Plant scientists to receive USDA Secretary's Honor Awards

    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.

  • 9.7.11 — $2.3 million for Tahoe center will fund 3-D public education on lake ecosystems

    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.

  • 9.1.11 — Warming streams could be the end for salmon

    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.

  • 8.31.11 — Bedrock nitrogen may help forests buffer climate change, study finds

    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.

  • 8.23.11 — UC Davis launches agricultural sustainability degree

    The University of California, Davis, this fall will launch an undergraduate major focused on agricultural sustainability.

  • 8.17.11 — Sierra magazine says we're still cool (and greener)

    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.

  • 8.16.11 — Genomewide mapping reveals developmental and environmental impacts

    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.

  • 8.12.11 — Climate change, algae make 2010 a tough year for Lake Tahoe

    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.

  • 8.12.11 — Solar panels to replace trees in south entry parking lot

    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.

  • 7.29.11 — California Ag Summit slated for January at UC Davis

    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.

  • 1.19.11 — Plastic bags, no, reusable bags, yes — and they are designer bags!

    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.

  • 11.3.10 — World leaders to gather at Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 at UC Davis

    The Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy will be Nov. 15 and 16 at UC Davis.

  • 7.29.10 — Sac mayor: UC Davis helps region become green leader

    Johnson praises campus ‘intellectual capital’ as contributing to green tech leadership

  • 7.16.10 — New Tahoe education center emphasizes green

    And blue, too, as in efforts to preserve the lake’s renowned clarity

  • 5.14.10 — UC Davis takes the lead on clean energy, with Schwarzenegger's backing

    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.

  • 5.3.10 — Gulf oil spill has UC Davis wildlife expert on the scene

  • 3.22.10 — UC Davis helps Uruguay reduce ag water pollution

    Scientists are helping rice farmers in stop polluting their waterways.

  • 2.11.10 — Dramatic changes in agriculture needed as world warms and grows

  • 2.9.10 — Climate: Researchers say ‘tipping points’ may arrive without warning

    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.

  • 8.10.09 — Construction starts at UC Davis' West Village; Grant supports goal of 'zero net energy' community

  • 6.23.09 — UC Davis study asks: How green is our valley?

  • 4.8.09 — Foolproof, low-thirst plants for California gardens

  • 4.6.09 — UC Davis 'Arboretum All-Stars' now available in north-state nurseries

  • 12.18.08 — Test-driving hybrid vehicles

    Davis is monitoring100 families in Northern California who are test-driving 10 Toyota Priuses that are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

  • 7.16.08 — MBAs Design Urban Oasis for Sacramento Homeless

  • 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.

  • 6.18.08 — UC Davis Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability

    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.

  • 4.28.08 — Study Finds More Fresh, Local Foods on Hospital Trays

  • 11.19.07 — Energy for the future

    UC Davis is engineering a sustainable future: Let us count the ways

  • 10.27.07 — How green are we?

    Sustainability Day 2007 celebrates many aspects of campus effort (with video).

  • 9.21.07 — Museum plans year of eco-exhibitions

    The UC Davis Design Museum announced a year of eco-exhibitions.

  • 9.1.07 — A conversation on campus sustainability

  • 5.8.07 — Farmers Market Brings Fresh Fruit, Veggies to Campus

  • 9.29.06 — Green gardening education project awarded $141,139

    Arboretum receives grant for new education programs.

  • 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.

  • 3.10.05 — No Problem Keeping These Students 'Down on the Farm'

    UC Davis' Market Garden offers the best of sustainable agriculture to both students and members of the surrounding community.