Per Capita Davis: UC Davis is putting us on the map
This column by John Mott-Smith, a member of Cool Davis, is cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise. For years, whenever I traveled outside of the Sacramento region, whether to Europe, Asia, New York or Los Angeles, when the question was asked “Where are you from?” my…
The Impact One Person Can Have on Climate Change: Why Eat Less Meat?
Author, Anya McCann, was vegetarian for 30 years and has been a vegan for 7. She has raised two healthy children and to keep things interesting, they are all chefs who prepare cuisine from around the world. She is the owner of Green Your World, which brings the principles of sustainability into practice at home.
Grow Your Own Food! Community Gardening in Davis
For those of us itching to grow our own food but who don’t have a bountiful yard or whose yards may be shaded by beautiful trees, community gardens are one option. And luckily, Davis has two public community gardens and a slew of other ‘community’ gardening options available to choose from!
Festival to promote learning by seeing and sampling
The upcoming Cool Davis Festival on October 13 wl brought together four passionate expert presenters in a special demonstration booth to show visitors how they can integrate low-carbon solutions into their daily lives. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make sustainable sushi, create…
Davis Farm to School to Expand Throughout Yolo
John Young, Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner inspired Davis Farmers Market Foundation to consider taking their inspirational Davis Farm to School program to other schools throughout Yolo County.
How to Hold a Zero Waste Neighbors’ Night Out
What can be better than getting together on Neighbors’ Night Out for a pot-luck? The event already includes camaraderie, good food and fun…Why not challenge yourselves to go for zero waste?
How to Become a One Cool City
Cool Davis is a citizen group working to support the Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan goals to lower our collective carbon footprint. The organization is focused on solutions to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in three main areas: 1) Transportation, 2)…
Back to School means composting for Davis Elementary
After a very successful year at Chavez Elementary of modeling the city’s business compost pilot, this successful community schools plans to kick off the new year with further reductions in their carbon footprint and help students learn lifelong lessons in “making a difference.”
Local workplace Green Team improves environment at Kaiser Permanente office
Cathy Dycaico, MD, Co-Chair of the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Green Team, tells the story of how a small group of individuals developed a project at their workplace that is expected to save $1000 per month, reduce related greenhouse gas emissions and has also provided a more attractive environment for everyone.
Farmers market: Ask the Expert sessions in August
Wondering how to keep your house cool without turning on the air-conditioning? Curious as to how dietary changes can make a difference to your carbon impact? Then come down to Farmers Market during August and get free advice from experts in these fields. The Cool…
Per Capita Davis: How much energy does your TV use?
This post by John Mott-Smith, a member of the Cool Davis Initiative is cross-posted from the Davis Enterprise where this originally appeared. A statistic can be revealing — conveying in a number what it may take paragraphs to describe in words. Of course, statistics…
Monticello Seasonal Cuisine
Monticello restaurant, a business partner of Cool Davis Initiative, found out that investing in sustainability saved huge amounts on their PG&E bill and cemented strong relationships with the Davis and Yolo county community.
Per Capita Davis: Water conservation saves money
Cross posted from Davis Enterprise. My last column made the point that energy and water are inextricably linked, and efforts to reduce water consumption also reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas production. This is a follow-up to that column. The city-sponsored community forum I talked…
Conserve water, save energy
John Mott-Smith is a member of the Cool Davis Initiative Core Group and writes a fortnightly column on environmental issues for the Davis Enterprise that we will feature here. With all the talk and controversy over proposed water rate increases, I expected more of a…
Understanding our food print
By Lynne Nittler, cross-posted from Davis Enterprise Our culture teaches us to value what we put on our bodies more than what we put in our bodies. Folks who might gasp at the price of organic heirloom tomatoes will spend quite a lot on a…
Fashion designers to turn trash into treasure
We Americans have a lot of stuff and we dispose of a lot of stuff, and all that stuff we throw away, took a lot of energy to create. John Johnston, local resident and Environmental Engineering Professor at Sac State likes to tell his students…
‘Junky’s last stand’ educates and entertains on nutrition
Cross-posted from Davis Enterprise, by Anne Ternus-Bellamy Nature’s Theater returns to the Cool Davis Festival on Sunday with a whole new environmental-themed play for children. “Junky’s Last Stand,” written and directed by husband-and-wife team Jeff Falyn and Lyndsay Dawkins, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. in…
Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Here’s how.
This article is cross-posted from Davis Enterprise The message to eat healthy, eat local, reduce waste and lower our carbon footprint is widespread now. But for most households, it is easier said than done. How do we really make changes in our everyday food and…
Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.