Over 115 students, Aggie Hosts, UC Davis Police cadets and staff from UC Davis Facilities Management’s exterior lighting team turned out for UC Davis’ annual Campus Safety Lighting Walk on January 22.
This large group of volunteers found 125 lights in need of replacement (> 0.7% of the campus’s total number of lights), 20 light-deficient areas and 5 places where tree limbs prevented illumination. In total, participants identified 150 deficiencies, down from the previous year’s 283.
All in all, event organizers – UC Davis Facilities Management and UC Davis Police – are thrilled with the turnout and the findings. Over the next three weeks, Facilities Management’s exterior lighting crew will work to repair or replace the problem bulbs and evaluate potential solutions for locations identified as lighting deficient.
“We hosted more volunteers than ever before, yet our total findings are down this year over last and that's good,” says Joe Carbahal, utilities superintendent. “When you think about the fact that we have about 18,000 lights on this campus and every day there’s at least five that just quit, it’s a lot to keep track of.
"We are moving in the right direction and we're proud of that, but until we get to zero deficiencies, there's room for improvement so that's what we are going to continue to do — keep improving. One light out is one too many."
Lastly, both UC Davis Facilities Management and Police would like to thank all the members of the community for coming out to help and show their support for this important safety-focused program.