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Super Cool!

August 14th, 2012 @ 4:18 pm by Camille Kirk

#1 Cool School UC DavisToday, Sierra magazine released their 2012 Cool Schools results, and UC Davis ranked #1! So, we are the Coolest School. Officially.

Wow! That’s fun! This is a nice honor in our field.

We are really proud of our campus for achieving this ranking. Thank you to everyone—students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends—who’ve made decisions and taken actions that helped our campus to get to this point.

This year, the sixth time Sierra has run this survey, they changed their methodology to use the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. STARS asks many questions about dozens of sustainability metrics; it’s an extensive survey and probably the most comprehensive one we’ve ever completed. Participating in Cool Schools this year has given us a chance to perform one of the most complete assessments of our work in sustainability to date.

Winning the #1 ranking is great—it really is—but it is even better to be able to look at the progress we’ve made, identify areas for further work, and plan for next steps.

Let’s celebrate this year and keep moving forward. Here’s to yet more innovation and implementation!

Read more about our award and watch a fun “video postcard” from Sierra‘s student correspondent about why UC Davis is the Coolest School in 2012.

 

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Excited for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference!

June 18th, 2012 @ 4:52 pm by Camille Kirk

We are thrilled to welcome nearly a thousand of our higher education colleagues who are advancing sustainability on their campuses. Higher education is providing leadership in showing how we the world can integrate more sustainable practices into our own daily lives.

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference is an important communication channel to keep all of us in the forefront, and we are so proud to be hosting it this year.

As hosts, we are excited to show off all the sustainability work that we’ve been doing at UC Davis. Here are sneak peeks at a campus sustainability self-guided tour map and Global Leadership in Sustainability brochure that we’ve made for the event.

See you at the conference!

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About this blog

January 13th, 2011 @ 4:21 pm by Brenda Dawson

Welcome to the Sustainable 2nd Century blog, a community forum to share your thoughts and ideas about campus sustainability at UC Davis.

The team behind the Sustainable 2nd Century website believes that sustainability at UC Davis is about people, collaboration and community. So we’ve created this space to foster connections and discuss the topic of sustainability on our campus.

UC Davis has a vibrant community of people who are living sustainability every day, and we want to share their voices and expertise here. Behind this blog are Camille Kirk, campus sustainability planner, and Brenda Dawson, sustainability writer—but we’re already lining up a slew of guest bloggers.

Perhaps your class is spending a quarter researching an aspect of sustainability? Or perhaps you’re working on an interesting sustainability project? We’d like to hear from you—and we think others would like to hear from you too—so please contribute!

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and add us to your Google Reader (or however it is you choose to follow blogs). If you haven’t had a chance to explore the website, please do so! There’s plenty to see.

We’ll work to keep you in-the-know when it comes to sustainability and UC Davis.

-Camille Kirk & Brenda Dawson

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