Continuing to answer the call to bend the curve on climate change, UC Davis launched a large-scale construction project — the Big Shift — in spring 2020 that lays the groundwork for ultimately reducing the campus’s reliance on fossil fuels while immediately decreasing energy and water use.
In honor of the 50th Earth Day, the Office of Sustainability at UC Davis led campus partners in planning a month-long celebration that transitioned into a virtual festival featuring events such as the World Climate Simulation and the Tempestry Project. The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Learning by Leading program went online to keep students involved in learning virtually and by creating content during the pandemic.
The annual Sustainability Summit also went virtual to ensure that student, staff and faculty champions of sustainability were honored, including the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion. In July 2019, UC Davis welcomed its first vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion, Renetta Garrison Tull, to oversee the campus’s plan to ensure that institutional diversity, systemic inclusion and social equity are addressed systematically through support such as at the Student Community Center and through initiatives such as Aggie Square.
As demonstrated by UC Davis’s newest Gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), UC Davis students, faculty and staff vigorously engage in advancing sustainability. UC Davis Global Affairs launched Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support academic projects. Students announced the establishment of the Environmental Sustainability Student Coalition and led the effort to garner UC Davis a Fair Trade designation. And UC Davis achieved LEED Gold certification for the Central Cage Wash Facility project, which reduced water consumption by approximately 70% while improving cleaning quality.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Davis Global Affairs organized a series of discussions about the future of international education; co-hosted a panel, COVID-19’s Impact on Global Agricultural Supply Chains and the Challenges Ahead; and received funding from the Universitas 21 network to partner with Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University […]
In March 2020, many UC Davis operations were suspended in accordance with the state’s shelter-in-place order. The Student Farm, which delivers produce to the UC Davis Dining Services, the Associate Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) Pantry, Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center and about 120 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers, continued to function with an essential […]
CLIMATE PROTECTION – EMISSIONS
ENERGY – RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATION
ENERGY USE INTENSITY (EUI)
UC Davis continued to make strides in its efforts to use alternative transportation methods and support the use of electric vehicles in 2020.
of UCD employees are utilizing alternative commuting methods
EV charging stations at this location for 2019-2020
of light-duty vehicles acquired in 2020 were electric (zero-emission) and hybrid vehicles
ZERO WASTE – GENERATED
ZERO WASTE – DIVERTED
UC Davis continues to set ambitious goals, with a goal for 2030 of 25% spend on sustainable food and beverages.
total spend on food and beverages
of food and beverage purchases met sustainability criteria in fiscal year 2019-20
green spend on indoor office furniture
on cleaning supplies
green spend on electronics
UC Davis’s goals for procurement include 25% green spend on electronics and indoor office furniture, and 75% green spend on cleaning supplies.
UC Davis received 4 Gold LEED certifications in 2020.
11 Platinum, 25 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 CertifiedTotal number of LEED certifications
Sustainable Building & Laboratory Operations
total assessed research labs
UC Davis has met the goal of assessing three labs.