Sustainability Improvements

Saving cool cash on hot days

An academic collaboration with UC Davis Chemical Engineering (Process Systems Engineering) results in an algorithm that optimizes chiller deployment. As a result, the university improves its green energy use and saves money. Interested in the details? Learn more in the published research article.

Campus Teams Coordinate on Medical Sciences

This past summer Facilities Management (FM) completed what was a yearlong project that brought together Building Maintenance Services (BMS), Utilities, Energy & Engineering, Transportation Services construction, Design and Construction Management (DCM), and a contractor. This project is another great example of what we are capable of building when we work together with the resources we have here on campus.

Custodial Equipment Innovations Save Time

You may notice several new tools around campus that are helping Custodial Services improve service levels. Seeking inventive ways to meet the needs of the campus is a key focus of Custodial Services, especially with the additional cleaning requirements prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the new equipment that the custodial team is using today. 

Bringing PG&E Smart Lab Projects to UC Davis

Smart Labs is a utility incentive program through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which provides funding for implementing energy-saving solutions in laboratory buildings. Completion of this program will result in safer labs, fewer carbon emissions from reduced energy use, and lower utility bills. Read how Energy and Engineering coordinated bringing this program to UC Davis buildings.

Lighting the Way for Intramural Sports

Have you ever played on a campus sports field? Ever been to an evening game? Imagine if the lights went out just before the winning goal! Campus Recreation Rec Sports provide students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to participate in recreational and competitive activities.

Utilities Water & Gas / I&C Helping to Keep Research Pumping Long Term

In the heart of Napa, UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program has a 40-acre research vineyard – Oakville Station.  For more than 50 years, the station has been crucial for the research and trials for clones, vine spacing, pruning levels, irrigation, and more. Due to its contributions in helping to better understand the science of viticulture, the maintenance of the facility is incredibly important. 

An Oldie but a Goodie: Boiler # 1

After running for almost 50 years, Boiler #1 at the Central Heating and Cooling Plant was retired. However, with plans to switch to a more sustainable heating operation, Utilities decides to bring Boiler #1 back online as a security measure to ensure overall campus operations will be unaffected by future construction.