City of Davis remains committed to its adopted goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Photo by Johan Verink.

Cool Davis is an active network of residents, community organizations, businesses and community institutions committed to implementing the City of Davis’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

Our mission is to inspire our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate, and improve the quality of life for all.

We engage in our mission with a philosophy of fun! Climate change is serious but in order to make change we must engage all of the community and all of our creativity in the process. Cool Davis actively incorporates organizations and activities around good food, laughter, music, art, poetry, dance, visual arts, and film.

Cool Davis  is a non-profit 501c3 organization (ID#27-3056050 and  gladly accepts tax-deductible donations and offers sustaining and event specific sponsorships.

Goals and Roles

Cool Davis is committed to the goals of the City of Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (D-CAAP), inspired by the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB-32). As set out in this document, our local goal is to reach community level carbon neutrality by 2050.

Cool Davis works in close partnership with the City of Davis to achieve these goals. Specifically, Cool Davis has taken on the task of community engagement portion of the D-CAAP. As a result we work primarily with households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To find out more about our work and programs, check out our How We Work page.

For more information about City of Davis Sustainability Programs, see the

We also support sustainability planning efforts with

History & Accomplishments

Since its founding, Cool Davis has:

  • Engaged hundreds of households in active reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Hosted prominent public events including talks, workshops, bike rides, showcases, film screenings, and panels.
  • Helped to organize Low Carbon Diet support groups across town.
  • Produced the annual Cool Davis Festival attended by thousands.
  • Engaged hundreds of volunteers in a range of capacities.
  • Built a network of more than 80 partners.
  • Established a strong collaborative relationship with the City of Davis.
  • Presented annual Eco-Hero awards to dynamic change makers in our community.
  • Led the effort to be named the Coolest City in California in 2013 by Cool California.
  • Earned the BREATHE Clean Air award in 2014.
  • Spoken out on greenhouse gas (GHG) issues locally and in the region.
  • Contributed to the successful defeat of expanded oil train facilities in Benicia and San Luis Obispo.


Choices for Sustainable Living
Repower Yolo Office (909 5th St)
7-9pm, Wed. May 16
Everyone is welcome!

Topic for our next speaker Week 6 (May 23): ENERGY

Lorenzo Kristov, former principal for CA Independent System Operator (CAISO) will speak about Community Choice Energy and Microgrids.

Lorenzo will address our energy future in Davis from the perspective of independence, resilience, and renewable sources. In particular, he can address our new electricity source, Valley Clean Energy Ass.

Julia Jones, one of our city arborists and an ordained minister of trees, will promote the use of trees for parking lot shade even as VCE suggests solar panels for easy shade. This will be an important discussion.

Preview of Week 7 (May 30): Well-Being: Community and Health
Nurse Sara Delaney will share some of the impacts of climate change on our health as our region experiences longer and hotter summers with more extreme heat events and air quality challenges, and new diseases arrive.

Questions? Contact Lynne at 756-810 or email lynne@nittler.us
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