Giving Opportunities

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Energy Innovation Fund

The Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) at UC Davis is a leading university institution advancing impactful energy and energy efficiency solutions. We focus on addressing critical energy challenges and improving energy use through research, education, and engagement. The EEI is home to innovative research centers and programs in buildings, transportation, water, and agriculture & food production; has more than 50 affiliated faculty; and hosts an interdisciplinary graduate program in energy systems.

The EEI is growing rapidly—accelerating the development and commercialization of integrated energy solutions and training future leaders in sustainable energy. To advance our mission, we rely on private support. Every gift makes a difference. Your support is an investment in our sustainable energy future.

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Environmental Justice and DEI Initiative Fund

Transportation and energy policies and investments have played a significant role in creating and perpetuating the deep racial inequities that exist in America today. We take our responsibility to address racism seriously and are committed to research and higher education that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and that furthers solutions towards environmental justice. This fund will provide unrestricted support to the energy and transportation institutes’ initiatives on Environmental Justice and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion including, but not limited to, the Environmental Justice Fellowship, the Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Group, and other areas as needed to further the Institutes’ overall diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

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International Energy Program Annual Fund

The UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies, in collaboration with the Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) and the Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E), with funding from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has developed a two-part series of courses (D-Lab I and D-Lab II) to educate and engage UC Davis students in finding tangible solutions to energy issues in developing countries.

Founded in 2008, The UC Davis D-Lab works with international partners to find scalable, sustainable solutions for specific energy issues in their host communities. Faculty and graduate students from Engineering, International Agriculture Development, Community Development, Business, and Economics work together in teams in the lab and in the field. Using a bottom-up approach, D-Lab works with local communities to understand specific energy needs and assess the sustainability of proposed energy solutions through technical, social, environmental, and financial lenses.

Your gift will support our research to identify and develop innovative and sustainable strategies that address the energy needs of the world’s poorest households. Funds also support UC Davis student project design and development as well as travel abroad to work with local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, and Latin America.