April 25th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm by Camille Kirk
This guest post comes from Lynne Nittler, a member of Cool Davis, a citizen group working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city of Davis. We would like to add that two of the honorees are UC Davis folks: Andy Frank, often called the “father of the plug-in hybrid,” with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Kristin Heinemeier, with the Western Cooling Efficiency Center. Come help celebrate and honor them and the other awardees!
Call of the Wolf performer, in costume
Cool Davis celebrates Earth Day on April 27 at the Veterans Memorial Theater from 2:30-4:00 with the presentation of Eco-Hero and Climate Solution Awards and several performances entitled “Call of the Wolf.”
Cool Davis gives out Eco-Hero Awards to individuals and Climate Solution Awards to businesses and groups who are showing the way to living more sustainably. This year’s awards go to:
- Eco-Heroes — Kristin Heinemeier, Andy Frank, Carla Peterson, Ivy Zhou & Marissa Wong
- Climate Solutions Awards — Hallmark Properties (Reed Youmans), Davis Bicycles! Schools Committee ( Christal Waters & Trish Price), United Methodist Church of Davis
After the awards presentations, enter a wolf’s world. “Call of the Wolf” features professional story-teller Tom Wade presenting “Stories from the Wolf’s Den” followed by “Journey: Dance, Music and Poetry.” The striking dance piece with musical accompaniment, performed by Ecokinesis Dance Company and Crane Culture Theater, tells the remarkable story of the lone California wolf who visited northern California the last three winters and has just returned again this February. The narrated dance captures the experience of the wolf with all the grace, cunning, exuberance, weariness, loneliness and triumph of a solitary creature making his way in the wild. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
Guests who walk, bike or ride the bus earn a chance to win a cool prize! Suggested donations at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A reception follows.
Thanks to our Sponsors: City of Davis, Dos Coyotes, Rec Solar, Yolo Federal Credit Union, and Mars, Inc.
For more information visit www.cooldavis.org/news or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cooldaviscity or
Follow us on twitter! @cooldaviscity
April 21st, 2014 @ 7:32 am by Camille Kirk
This guest post comes from Kiernan Salmon, Energy Analyst with the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office:
UC Davis Staff and Students! Are you aware of how much energy you use at work each day? What about how much it takes to keep UC Davis campus buildings running? The Energy Conservation Office (ECO) wants to provide you with this information!
The Student Staff from the ECO are in the process of creating a web-based system, called the Campus Energy Feedback System or CFES. This system will allow you to see how energy intensive your everyday activities are, learn what individual practices you can change to use less, compare current use with historical use and provide feedback to the ECO to make your work environment more sustainable.
A CEFS web page was piloted in the Tercero Residence Halls as part of the 2014 Go Zero Waste Dorm Energy Challenge. Challenge participants could log on to the CEFS web page to view their energy use, earn conservation badges, and track their building’s progress. This dorm energy web page is still viewable at http://eco.ucdavis.edu.
Screenshot of the Campus Energy Feedback System during the dorm energy challenge in February 2014.
The Energy Conservation Office is expanding the CEFS web page to other buildings on campus. If you want to learn about your energy consumption, stay tuned for news on the Campus Energy Dashboard.
Any questions or comments? Send them to email@example.com!
April 17th, 2014 @ 1:38 pm by Camille Kirk
Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. UC Davis is taking this call to action seriously. Here is what the campus is doing and how you can take action, too.
First, you may be interested to learn that while UC Davis enrollment has nearly tripled since 1969, our campus is using the same amount of water as it did in the 1970s. That is because we have worked hard, often in response to previous droughts, to reduce water consumption throughout our operations.
Current campus water-saving measures
Our current Drought Response Action Plan outlines additional actions to strive for a further 20 percent reduction in water use. These measures include:
- Reducing irrigation schedules and fine-tuning watering systems.
- Continuing the replacement of decorative turf grass with drought-resistant ground covers.
- Expanding conservation practices in dining services.
- Recycling the water used in the Central Heating and Cooling Plant more often.
Pumps and pipes that convey potable water to campus buildings. Meters connected to these pumps help reveal how much water is being used across the campus at any given time. Photo credit: David Phillips, UC Davis.
- Washing fleet vehicles less frequently.
- Investigating opportunities to achieve water savings in agricultural and research water use.
- Communicating water conservation practices to campus residents and summer conference guests.
To share UC Davis work in water research and policy advising, the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is organizing a Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit to be held April 25th in Sacramento.
Your role in saving water
All members of the campus community can contribute to water savings in several ways:
- Lab and office managers should consult the sustainability website for a list of water-wise lab practices.
- In restrooms, break rooms and labs, turn off water when you are not directly using it.
- Report water leaks, broken fixtures and irrigation spray heads, and other water waste to Facilities Management by phone (530-752-1655), online (om-as.ucdavis.edu/WebWO) or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The California Department of Water Resources hosts an excellent website, Save Our Water, with more resources for water savings, and our own UC Davis Arboretum offers numerous resources for water-wise home landscaping. These and many other drought-related resources can be found at drought.ucdavis.edu, where you can also learn more about UC Davis research, outreach and policy work.
Thank you for your stewardship efforts to save water as California and UC Davis face this drought together. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to email@example.com.
- Report water leaks on campus:
- Send UC Davis-related water conservation ideas, comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 9th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm by Camille Kirk
We are very excited to share the following guest post, which is contributed by Gary Dahl, Director of Project Management-Capital Projects, UC Davis Design and Construction Management:
The award-winning Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building, looking east.
UC Vice President Patrick Lenz announced last week that the UC Davis Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building has won Best Overall Sustainable Design in UC’s tenth annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Awards program.
Employing thermal mass and a high performance cladding system, the building does not have a traditional heating and air conditioning system and is completely heated and cooled by passive strategies including night time ventilation and an underground thermal rock bed. Lighting and plug load requirements are met by photovoltaic panels on the roof and the building is pursuing net-zero energy certification from the Living Building Challenge. The building also captures and stores rain water from the roof. The Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery building will serve as a test bed facility for faculty currently collaborating with industry partners to develop innovative new systems to demonstrate net-zero water and net-zero energy in the commercial production of wine. You can read more project details in the building brochure (PDF file).
Congratulations to Project Manager & Assistant Director Julie Nola and all the DCM folks in project coordination, contracts, engineering, commissioning and inspection who contributed to this achievement!
– Gary Dahl
All of us at the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office join Gary in congratulating Julie Nola and our other colleagues at Design and Construction Management who built this project!
April 1st, 2014 @ 2:12 pm by Camille Kirk
Sustainable 2nd Century and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability will blog about water use, water conservation and the drought throughout 2014, with a special emphasis on these topics during spring quarter.
For our first water-focused post, we’re going to share something that the Chemistry Department at UC Davis has done to conserve water.
Research instrumentation often generates a lot of heat, thus needing water cooling. The UC Davis Chemistry Department is on the road to converting all of its water cooling from single-pass, domestic water use, to cooling by the campus chilled water loop. In 2010, machine shop engineer Michael Sisto realized that a chilled water pipe was in close proximity to two x-ray diffractometers, each using about 8-10 liters per minute, twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. For under $1,000 in expense to the department, he was able to tie into the chilled water loop, saving close to two million gallons per year of drinking water.
Future cooling water upgrades will be more expensive and will require a substantial commitment from the department, dean and provost. Chemistry plans to spend close to $100,000 in converting a stand-alone cooling loop for the building, and then connecting other instruments that are still on single pass cooling. A double benefit from this “process cooling” will be a helium recovery system that will recycle 80-90% of the super-cooling gas needed for cryochemistry. The 2013 helium bill in Chemistry was more than $60,000. Similar recycling systems are already working for the benefit of principal investigators and the campus in the Physics Department.
Other departments with process cooling loads are encouraged to follow Chemistry’s example. Bravo, UC Davis Chemistry!
If you have a story of water conservation that you would like to tell, or a leak or water-saving idea you would like to report, write to email@example.com.