Highlights Archive

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 international ...



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 Energy ...





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 the ...


April 2015

Troubling Interdependency of Water and PowerCoiled 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 Water-Energy Efficiency, ...





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 Energy’s ...


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. The ...


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. Many ...



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 the ...


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 see the ...


October 2013

By Sylvia Wright • October 30, 2013Daniel 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 by ...


September 2013

Longtime EEC supporter Pam Fair is one of seven winners of this year's UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association awards and will be honored with the Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award for extraordinary service at the CAAA's 40th annual Awards Gala on Feb. 28, 2014, at the Silverado Resort and Spa ...






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 across ...


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 thriving ...



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, the Sierra Club’s official publication ...