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New Bike Safety Video Released (no more ’80s hairdos…)

September 27th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm by Camille Kirk

The following is a guest post from Leslie Mancebo, the goClub coordinator at UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services:

Two bicyclists on path along campus and Russell Boulevard in Davis, California. Note the bicyclist wearing a helmet -- smart, safe thinking!

Two bicyclists on path along campus and Russell Boulevard in Davis, California. Note the bicyclist wearing a helmet — smart thinking for safer riding!

Over the years UC Davis has received honors on a national scale for its bike friendliness. These accolades have been well-deserved, especially when you consider that each fall thousands of new students arrive at UC Davis, many of whom haven’t ridden a bicycle since childhood, if ever. There is no time that this transition is more apparent than during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter.  Those who have been on campus for a number of years are familiar with the sight of new students trying to navigate bike paths and roundabouts for the first time which sometimes leads more seasoned riders to avoid busier bike paths during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter.

In 2010, the results of the annual Campus Travel Survey showed that the presence of some cyclists who, knowingly or unknowingly, do not obey traffic laws resulted in others choosing to not ride a bicycle on campus. As a result, UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services and the UC Police Department collaborated to create the Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program (BEEP).

As we find ourselves at the beginning of another school year, the bike paths will be filling up with students, staff and faculty new and old and we are reminded that bicycle safety is a crucial component in maintaining the bike friendly lifestyle at UC Davis. As part of our ongoing bicycle safety efforts we are pleased to announce the release of a new bicycle safety video that will not only replace the old video as part of the BEEP bike safety course, but is also available for anyone to watch as a refresher course highlighting the importance of bike safety at UC Davis. The 19-minute video is available online at https://vimeo.com/75059452 and the complete bike safety course is available at http://bikesafety.ucdavis.edu.

Post-script: We just heard from Leslie that the video has broken 3,000 views since it was posted a week ago!

 

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Turning waste to energy: California Bioresources Alliance Symposium

September 17th, 2013 @ 8:32 am by Camille Kirk

Register Today for the California Bioresources Alliance Symposium

 

UC Davis Extension is proud to present the eighth annual California Bioresources Alliance Symposium: A Call to Action, which takes place Sept. 18-19 at the Cal/EPA Building in Sacramento. The symposium will focus on recent California legislation addressing bioresources and the Bioenergy Action Plan, ways to address biogas challenges faced by dairies, wastewater plants, and forestry products residuals handlers, facility siting issues, and use of bioresources for mine reclamation.

Conference attendees will also tour the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s Biosolids Recycling Facility. Each year, the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant processes 26,000 dry tons of biosolids, 30 percent of which is beneficially recycled at the BRF. The site visit will highlight how the BRF fits into California’s regulatory history, and will also feature a tour of the fats, oils and grease subsystem.

  • Sept. 18-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • California EPA, 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA
  • $175 fee includes morning refreshments, lunch on the first day, evening networking reception and field trip
  • Discounted fee of $100 available for public sector employees, $35 for full-time students with valid ID

Who should attend?

Intended for all those involved with organic residuals, the symposium brings together industry professionals, municipalities, regulators, legislators, state and federal agencies, researchers, financers and other stakeholders.

2013 Planning Committee Members

U.S. EPA Region 9, California Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, CalRecycle, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Energy Commission, UC Davis Extension, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Western United Dairymen, Dolphin Group and Teru Talk

2013 Sponsors

BioCycle, Harvest Power, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Material Convert, Synagro, InSinkErator

 

Check the UC Davis Extension website for updates!

 

 

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Have fun; divert waste; eat well; and get a free tee-shirt!

September 9th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm by Camille Kirk

The following post comes from Jenni Porter, the Sustainability Coordinator for UC Davis Student Housing:

Part of Fall 2012 Move-in recycling team readies to collect foam and cardboard.

Part of Fall 2012 Move-in recycling team readies to collect foam and cardboard.

Housing is looking for student volunteers to help with the cardboard & polystyrene recycling for opening weekend. Duties will include assisting new residents in recycling, breaking down boxes, collecting polystyrene (packing foam), educating new residents on waste diversion, making sure waste gets into the proper bins, being silly and building cardboard forts, art pieces, etc. and showing the incoming freshmen that UC Davis is serious about sustainability – in a fun way, of course! 🙂

We need help on Saturday & Sunday (9/21 & 6/22) any time between the hours of 8am-5pm.  All volunteers working a full day get a cool “Recycling Crew” T-shirt and a free lunch at the DC!

If you are interested, please email me at jeporter@ucdavis.edu with your contact info, days/hours you are available, and a T-shirt size.

Thank you!
Jenni Porter, LEED® AP
Sustainability Coordinator | UC Davis Student Housing
housing.ucdavis.edu/sustainability | 530.752.2759

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