Cool Davis Festival 2014

Cool Davis had a wonderful festival. Read our overview and see a slideshow of its highlights

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Inspire our community
Reduce greenhouse gases
Adapt to a changing climate
Improve quality of life for all.


What is Cool Davis?
What can I do?
How can I get more involved?

Volunteer with Cool Davis

Read about all the possibilities for action here and then use this form if you wish to volunteer

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Give green at the holidays

Want to be generous but also do your bit to limit your impact on our planet? Here is a great guide for a greener holiday season.

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How cool are we?

Three Davis residents share their stories on how they lowered their carbon footprint.

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Let’s take Davis’ energy future seriously

PVUSACross-posted from Special to The Enterprise  By Gerry Braun and Richard McCann
October 19, 2014

Last year, the Davis City Council funded work to evaluate the city’s long-term electricity service options. The matter was tabled as the June election drew near.

Then this summer, the city commissioned a resident satisfaction survey that, among other questions, asked if the city should form a municipal utility and purchase PG&E’s distribution system. A total of 46.5 percent of respondents said yes, 34.5 percent said no and 19 percent were undecided. This result suggests it is time to resume serious public discussion of Davis’ energy future, based on relevant factual information and insights. (more…)

Why We Represented Davis Organizations at People’s Climate March

Kristin Heinemeier, her son Peter Holderbein, Rev. Kristin StoneKing & David Breaux met up at the People's Climate March in NYC on September 21, 2014.

(By Kristin Heinemeier) My son — Holmes Junior High School student Peter Holderbein — and I have only two heads between us, but on Sept. 21, we were wearing many hats, as we participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City.

We carried the flag for Cool Davis at the march, “boots on the ground,” as it were, for Davis’ community-based nonprofit and its strong commitment to moving the ball forward on climate change locally.

We were also representing our church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and its GreenFaith Action Team, as well as the Lutheran Office of Public Policy-California, an advocacy arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, created to take positions on social and moral issues, and to share Lutherans’ concerns with policy makers. (more…)

Smart, clean and local energy technologies for Davis

Solar panels - such as there in the parking lot between Davis High School and the Veterans' Memorial Center - are popping up all over Davis.  Local residents are already investing in solar power at a per capita rate that exceeds that of most, if not all, other California cities.

(Cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise by Gerry Braun and Lorenzo Kristov) In their last  article, Gerry Braun and Richard McCann summarized energy service options available to Davis, pointing to the benefits of locally accountable energy service delivering clean, low-carbon electricity to Davis residents and businesses.

This article reviews recent trends in the costs and performance of clean energy technologies, which are now poised to offer an energy future that can be small-scale and local. (more…)

Give green. Shop local. Grow our economy. Shrink our footprint.

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Gift Ideas List: Give Green, Shop local. Grow our economy. Shrink our carbon footprint.

Members of the Davis Climate Action Team and concerned citizens created a list of suggestions for a greener holiday celebration. Get two for one this holiday season. Give a gift to your loved ones that’s also a gift to the planet.

Categories on the list include Shop Local, Give a Gift of Sustainable Living, Give Locally Grown and Locally Made Products, (more…)

Butterfly Vegan Bakery joins the Cool Davis Coalition

Buttterfly Vegan 2014 By Judy Moores

“ Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Brownie Muffins, Berry Vanilla cake, ” Parvaneh Keivanfar names some of the desserts offered by her business, Butterfly Vegan Bakery (www.butterflyvegan.com/), and my mouth waters.

Parvaneh, whose Persian name translates to “butterfly,” is on a sweet mission to introduce Davis to vegan desserts that are both delicious and healthy. She started her business less than a year ago, and is delighted that it is growing and receiving positive feedback from happy customers. Looking ahead to the future, she hopes one day to have her own vegan café in Davis. But for now, she is looking for additional local venues to carry her products. (more…)

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Judy Corbett: Climate solutions awardee

Judy Corbett

Judy Corbett, a longtime Davis resident, is a winner of the Cool Davis Climate Solutions Award. She is stepping down after three decades as executive director of the award-winning Local Government Commission.

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