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Campus Sustainability Map Launched

June 1st, 2011 @ 8:51 pm by Camille Kirk

The campus sustainability map has debuted! The interactive map can be used to find places or things on campus that express or demonstrate ways that UC Davis and the campus community are taking action towards creating a more sustainable future.

Users can start with the map introduction and points page and explore by clicking whole categories of points open (such as green buildings or recycling), or start with the sustainability map and by clicking the “Sustainability Information” link for each point, jump to the map introduction and points page for more information.

The map is not exhaustive and is a living document. The mapmakers hope that members of campus will suggest points and additional information through either emailing sustainability@ucdavis.edu, or submitting comments on this blog post about the map.

The sustainability map project has been in the making for a while and has included students from an Education for Sustainable Living Program Action Research Team led by the campus sustainability planner, Camille Kirk, who initially conceived of the project after being involved with making a green map. Campus mapmaker and GIS specialist, Chris DiDio, has been a key partner in making this map, which is a companion map to the campus map.

DiDio has searched for other campus “green” and sustainability maps and has not found another online map as extensive as the UC Davis sustainability map, saying: “I believe this is a unique map at this time for its depth and breadth.”

Future goals for the sustainability map include using the map as a springboard for creating tours, adding downloadable maps, and adding more points and more information about campus infrastructure and sustainability.

The campus sustainability map was launched Tuesday, May 31 at the annual California Student Sustainability Coalition Sustainability Summit.

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UC Davis climate change research posters for Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3

May 23rd, 2011 @ 12:36 pm by Camille Kirk

In November 2010, the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 was held at UC Davis. The campus is a powerhouse in climate change research, and the summit was a fantastic opportunity to share that depth of knowledge with a global audience. The big question, though, was how to translate that wide spectrum of scientific research into readily absorbed information by an audience with disparate backgrounds.

Sharon Ruth, director of communications and marketing for the John Muir Institute of the Environment, and Laurie Lewis, design manager for campus publications, spearheaded a project to translate some of the extensive body of UC Davis climate change research into posters with a reader-friendly format and layman’s language. They created a “call for posters” and had strong response from UC Davis researchers. The researchers worked with Ruth, Lewis and members of Lewis’ design team to create their posters.

The posters were a big hit, according to Ruth. “People appreciate that the information is both easy to understand and straight from the researchers’ mouths, so to speak,” Ruth said. “The posters give you, at a glance, a very good look at UC Davis research designed to help solve problems created by global climate change.”

After an extensive process to publish them in PDF and document them on a web page, the UC Davis Climate Summit research posters are now available online. We encourage everyone to visit the posters page and explore the depth and variety of research presented. Let us know what you think, and tell us the most interesting or surprising thing you learned from these posters.

Thanks to Sharon Ruth, Laurie Lewis, Brenda Dawson, Russ Thebaud, Diane Nelson and Dave Jones for their contributions to the poster project and this blog post.

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