Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities

Green Dream Team: Faculty, Staff and Students Model Sustainability Worldwide

September 17, 2019
Kurt Kornbluth, Ph.D. ’08, an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the champion of the Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities Big Idea, has been traveling the world with staff and students to strengthen UC Davis’ partnerships with international institutions. 

Driven to Teach

January 07, 2019
With the goal of designing cars, Kornbluth studied engineering before working for General Motors. Now, he is the founding director of the UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and the champion for the Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities initiative.

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.

Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Future

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. While tackling climate change requires many complex actions, there is no question that cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the crucial first step — and taking that step in cities is our greatest hope for a more sustainable future. Many of the tools and technologies to operate carbon-neutral cities already exist. But how do different cities implement solutions at scale, and in ways that are equitable, fiscally sound, and sustainable for the long term?

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.