Sustainability: Introduction

Guiding Principles

At UC Davis, sustainability encompasses four “E’s” — environment, economics, social equity, and education. We work to create a more sustainable campus through operations, education, research and public service. Our operations practices are responsive to UC system policies and campus guidelines that set ambitious environmental sustainability goals.

Performance Targets

The University of California Sustainable Practices Policy guides UC campuses in their efforts to become more sustainable through performance goals for green building, clean energy, climate protection, transportation, water systems, recycling and waste management, foodservice, building operations, and purchasing.

Sustainability & the LRDP

How will UC Davis continue to mature and meet our sustainability goals? UC Davis Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) is working closely with Campus Planning and Community Resources on the Long Range Development Plan. We will focus on energy and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, water, and waste in our exhibit section.

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Yteng Long, Design and Economics senior, discusses her light with Michael Siminovitch, California Lighting Technology Center Director.

Dr. Kurt Kornbluth demonstrates to students how a turbineless wind generator works during the D-Lab class at UC Davis.

A worker passes the Central Plant condensing economizer, which captures combustion gases to heat water for student housing.