Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities

Working Towards Zero-Net Energy Loss

Directed by Biological and Agricultural Engineering faculty, Dr. Kurt Kornbluth, the Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities (SCSC) is a UC Davis Big Idea.  SCSC's goal is to use the campus and city of Davis a proxy city for other campuses and cities.

Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities

Working Towards Zero-Net Energy Loss

Directed by Biological and Agricultural Engineering faculty, Dr. Kurt Kornbluth, the Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities (SCSC) is a UC Davis Big Idea.  SCSC's goal is to use the campus and city of Davis a proxy city for other campuses and cities.

SCSC utilizes the unique features of UC Davis--such as its location in California (the fifth-largest economy in the world) and its status as an award-winning green campus--along with interdisciplinary expertise, industry partnerships, and more.

Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering

Research Overview

Increasing population and shifting climate and social patterns raise major concerns for global food security.  Increased production and intensification of both plant and animal agriculture to address these concerns will require greater use of automation and precision management to improve resource use efficiency and overall sustainability.

READ

UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ)

Partnered with CleanWorld, the READ converts food and yard waste into clean energy that feeds into the campus electrical grid. The system is designed to convert 50 tons of organic waste to 12,000 kWh of renewable electricity each day using state-of-the-art generators, diverting 20,000 tons of waste from local landfills each year.

Biotechnical Engineering

Research Overview

Biotechnology offers new ways of production using biological materials, organisms and systems. Leading research in this area enables the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, biodegradable polymers, renewable fuels, and other bio-based products from diverse feedstocks.

Faculty are developing new crops for improved disease and pest resistance and adaptation to changing climate and conditions. We are also improving waste treatment and conversion, reducing environmental impact and enhancing overall sustainability. Examples include the following and more: