Former CA Assemblymember Nancy Skinner Joins UC Davis as Senior Policy Fellow on Energy and Transportation Policy

Former California state legislator Nancy Skinner is bringing her expertise on energy and climate policy to UC Davis, working with energy, transportation, and policy centers in West Village. The three-term state assemblymember will serve as a senior policy fellow for the UC energy and transportation programs, including the Energy Efficiency Center, Institute of Transportation Studies, […]

How to get Californians to Use Less Water — Without Forcing them to

By Chris Mooney, Energy and Environment, The Washington Post The water situation in California is getting downright scary. Last week, the Department of Water Resources found “no snow whatsoever” in its Sierra Nevada snowpack survey and Gov. Jerry Brown declared mandatory reductions in water usage in the state. In particular, the more than 400 agencies […]

UC Davis Students Illuminate Future Careers at CLTC Competition

By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Strategic Communications environmental writer In most classes, coursework involves sitting in front of a computer. But students in professor Michael Siminovitch’s “Design with Light” class are hard at play. They’re using their hands and their imaginations to devise what could become the next big thing in lighting. It’s just a […]

California House of the Future Takes Green to a Higher Level

Researchers are studying family living in an uber sustainable home that leaves no carbon footprint. Honda Motor Company has established this house of the future in Davis, Calif., to study how humans can live in a nearly sustainable environment. Susan O’Hara and her husband Stuart Bennett, along with their daughters Aisling and Sabha Bennett, both […]

Designing a Solar Home for Farmworkers

By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Strategic Communications environmental writer If you would like to support TEAM AGGIE SOL with a monetary gift as they compete in the Solar Decathlon, please click here. When a team of UC Davis students packs up its house and travels to Irvine next year for the U.S. Department of Energy’s […]

University Lights Way for Hospital Energy Savings

By Kat Kerlin As ambulances at a Vacaville hospital speed off to their next patient, an ultrasmart, energy-efficient system is lighting the way. Installed in partnership with UC Davis, the lighting system now illuminates the emergency vehicle routes, parking lots and outdoor walkways of the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. The system is reducing outdoor lighting energy […]

Honda Smart Home Releases Building Materials to Public

The Honda Smart Home on the UC Davis campus has garnered widespread attention for its innovative advanced zero net energy technologies. The house was also recently featured on modern design and architecture media outlet Dwell, which provides an in-depth look at the its many components. Many teams seeking to build their own smart homes have […]

Siminovitch Selected for Global Climate Leadership Council

Michael Siminovitch is the chair holder for the Arthur H. Rosenfeld Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency. If you would like to support the work being done by Dr. Siminovitch, please follow this link to the online giving page. Michael Siminovitch, UC Davis professor of design and director of UC Davis’s California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), […]

Partnering in Science with the Exploratorium

In a room overlooking the San Francisco Bay skyline, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Exploratorium CEO Dennis Bartels joined dozens of faculty and staff from both institutions on May 2 to celebrate a formal partnership. The Exploratorium and UC Davis have agreed to work together to incorporate the latest scientific innovations into the […]

Honda Smart Home Unveiled at UC Davis

Honda, in collaboration with UC Davis, has unveiled one of the most advanced, zero net energy smart homes in West Village on the UC Davis campus. An open house for the “Honda Smart Home” was recently held for members of the public to see the home and learn about sustainable design, green building concepts, advanced […]