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UC Davis Energy News – September 2021

Group photo of the EGG students

UC Davis welcomed its fifth class of 19 Energy Graduate Group students. During their first week on campus, students participated in a PowerTrip orientation program to learn about the wide variety of energy-related research and policy work being conducted at UC Davis and in the Sacramento/Bay area through discussions with researchers and leaders from industry, government, public interest groups, and academia. PowerTrip is made possible by the generous support of individual donors.
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Engineer helping students build DIY filter box

Engaging Students with Hands-On Citizen Science

 
Schools are facing many challenges this fall, including minimizing risks to students and staff from Covid-19 and wildfire smoke exposure. Air purifiers are one tool that can help. Researchers from the Energy and Efficiency Institute partnered with science teachers at Rio Tierra Junior High School in Sacramento to teach a two-day lesson on air quality and build 30 portable air cleaners with approximately 150 8th grade students. The portable air cleaners will be distributed to every classroom on campus. [Read the article]
Students with professor

Apply Now – Environmental Justice Fellowship Program

 
We are excited to announce a new Fellowship program to advance equitable climate policies and solutions in the areas of energy and transportation. This Fellowship is open to individuals employed by non-profit, environmental justice and community-based organizations. Applications close on October 25. [Learn more]
photo collage of the Global Energy Manager's Workshop

Register Now – Global Energy Managers Workshop

 
On October 19-20, UC Davis will host the third Global Energy Managers Workshop where facility managers, students, and faculty from around the world will meet to share and learn about energy-saving, cost management, and carbon reduction strategies. This year’s event will be online via Zoom and free of charge. We have an exciting agenda and hope you can participate! [Register now]
photo of Sarah Outcault

New Website for Market Transformation Research Program

 
The Energy and Efficiency Institute launched a new website for its Market Transformation Research Program. This program aims to identify the barriers and opportunities for clean technology by considering the economic, technical, and policy landscape, as well as relevant behavioral factors that influence stakeholder adoption. [Learn more]
EGG student photo

EGG Students Featured in Climate Justice Mini-Series

 
Estudio Plumbago released a new mini-series that explores different perspectives on climate justice. The August 30th episode features several UC Davis Energy Graduate Group students as they discuss natural gas. The series was made with support from UC Davis’ Green Initiative Fund. [Watch the episode]
photo of air-trap test apparatus

WCEC Completed HVAC Air-Trap Testing Report

 
The Western Cooling Efficiency Center conducted laboratory testing of the Des Champs Technologies HVAC Air-Trap technology to measure its air leakage performance and assess its suitability as a replacement for standard p-traps. Researchers found that the HVAC Air-Trap is an excellent alternative to a standard p-trap that will reduce air leakage in a dry condensate drain line to a negligible amount. [Read the report]

Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Energy Fall Seminar Series (Online)
October 1, 8, 15. 22, 29
 
Wild Energy Seminar Series (Online)
October 6, 13, 20, 27
Global Energy Managers Workshop (Online)
October 19-20, 2021