Sustainability

Closing the loop on sustainable aquaculture

May 24, 2018
On a farm just outside of Sacramento, hundreds of prehistoric-looking fish swim around in 50-foot diameter tanks. These are white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America. They’ve been around since dinosaurs, can grow more than 7 feet long and lay hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time.

Going for Zero

May 01, 2018

By Trevor Stewart

UC Davis’ sustainability research doesn’t just play out in the classroom — it’s being put into practice on campus and could lead to the university becoming the world’s first zero-carbon college campus.

And it won’t just benefit the campus — UC Davis’ leadership in energy efficiency, zero-net energy and climate neutrality could make it the go-to model of sustainability for campuses and small cities alike, said Kurt Kornbluth, Ph.D. ’08, an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The Smart Farm Initiative: the Future of Precision Agriculture

April 24, 2018
At UC Davis, a team of professors have kicked off the Smart Farm Initiative. Lead by biological and agricultural engineering professor David Slaughter, the initiative strives to utilize and progress technology in agriculture to increase productivity and transform farm work to a STEM-based industry.

Future Of Farming Blossoming At UC Davis

April 04, 2018
Researchers are looking for ways to make farming a little smarter with robots and drones that could one day revolutionize the way our food is grown.

Smart Farming—Automated and Connected Agriculture

March 15, 2018
There are more humans alive on Earth right now than ever before—7.3 billion—and that number is still growing, with UN projections that it will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. A population of this magnitude brings a lot of challenges, food production chief among them.

Thousands in the San Joaquin Valley Have Unsafe Drinking Water, But Clean Water Is Close

March 12, 2018
Tens of thousands of people living in the San Joaquin Valley’s unincorporated, rural, low-income communities have unsafe drinking water pouring from their taps. That water is delivered from a patchwork of community water systems that often don’t meet state or federal standards for drinking water, or from private wells that are not tested.

Former Student Driver Takes Unitrans Into the Next 50 Years

February 27, 2018
Jeff Flynn ’05, general manager of Unitrans, has his eye on the future — in particular, the fuel source for Unitrans buses. Most of the fleet today runs on compressed natural gas. Unitrans is working with campus administrative and academic units — Design and Construction Management, and the Institute of Transportation Studies — on an electrification plan in support of the university’s Big Idea, Carbon Neutrality Leadership Initiative.

Creating the Farm and Farmworkers of the Future

January 24, 2018
Thanks to technology, the farm of the future produces more food, measured by inputs of land, labor, energy or materials than ever before and does so with less water and less impact on the environment and climate. It also provides skilled careers for a new generation of farmworkers. That’s the vision behind the Smart Farm Initiative.

Run of the River

December 07, 2017
UC Davis Researchers Bring Water Expertise Across Borders to Help a Region Impacted by Catastrophic Floods

Farms to Feed the Future

April 28, 2017

By Laura Pizzo 

The many intersections surrounding food and agriculture—from labor and the economy to health and the environment to globalization and even ethical considerations—result in several urgent issues arising at the same time.