Highlights Archive

August 2016

UC Davis is providing leadership on the science, impact, and mitigation of climate change. In a recent article, the work of two of the EEC’s research centers—the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency and the California Lighting Technology Center—are highlighted for their innovative research. Read the ...


June 2016

Over the next six weeks, 25 young African leaders will be at the University of California, Davis, to leverage the campus’s energy expertise and better equip themselves to tackle the enormous energy challenges on their continent. Read the full article here.




March 2016

Pictured: Carlos I. Rivera, Tecnológico de Monterrey A March 31 – April 1 workshop is exploring collaboration opportunities between the University of California/national laboratories & Mexico. View the agenda here.


October 2015

Team Aggie Sol set out in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon to show that zero-net energy construction can be affordable. The team succeeded, tying for first place in the competition’s affordability contest. Team Aggie Sol also tied for first in the commuting ...


September 2015

Click here to view the TV report. A report released Wednesday by the University of California, Davis, shows the university is now one step closer to creating a community that produces as much energy as it uses. West Village, located on UC Davis land ...


August 2015

A unique partnership between UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Denmark’s Aalborg and Technical universities is helping find common ways to solve today’s energy challenges ­– despite the 5,259 miles that separate the two universities. Having recently returned from a week in Denmark teaching ...



July 2015

Can the UC Davis campus achieve the goal of zero net energy by 2025? The students enrolled in the class A Path to Zero Net Energy: A Hands-on Approach are doing their part to foster significant energy improvements here at UC Davis. Taught by Program for International ...





June 2015

May 2015

The conventional wisdom about steadily rising demand is wrong. Within two decades, global oil use will start to fall. When it comes to oil demand, the conventional wisdom is clear: Population growth and a rising global middle class guarantee that demand—and prices—will rise over ...


April 2015

Troubling Interdependency of Water and Power Coiled throughout the American economy, energy and water are forever linked, an economic version of DNA’s double helix.  Continuing efforts to rethink the use of the two resources are underway at the University of California, Davis’s Center for ...






March 2015

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 ...



October 2014

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 ...


September 2014

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. ...


July 2014

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.  ...



June 2014

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 ...


March 2014

  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 ...


October 2013

By Sylvia Wright • October 30, 2013 Daniel Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and faculty member of the Energy Efficiency Center, was awarded the 2013 Blue Planet Prize in a ceremony today in Tokyo. The prize, announced in June ...



September 2013

The University of California, Davis, is collaborating with the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to develop a lighting efficiency demonstration and training center in Singapore. The new lighting demonstration and training center will help reduce energy demand ...







June 2013

The city of Davis was named the “Coolest California City” on June 27 by the California Air Resources Board for its success in reducing households’ carbon footprints. ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols said that Davis, runners-up Chula Vista and Tracy, and five other competing ...




May 2013

The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, California Lighting Technology Center, Western Cooling Efficiency Center and Greenwise Joint Venture are partnering up to present Smart Schools 2013, a one-day symposium on Sept. 5 on proven best practices for lighting and HVAC upgrades. Representatives from K-12 schools ...


April 2013

March 2013

Benjamin Finkelor, executive director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, has earned a 2013 Green Leadership Award from the Sacramento Business Journal. The Business Journal’s Green Leadership Awards seeks to honor those who “have a strong commitment to making the Sacramento region a ...



February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

August 2012

  Sierra magazine has named UC Davis the nation’s “Coolest School” for its sustainability and climate change efforts.    An international powerhouse in the environmental sciences, UC Davis ranked No. 1 among the 96 top colleges and universities surveyed.     In bestowing the “Coolest School” ranking, ...