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Davis resident Elizabeth Wisnia and husband posing with Double Up on Solar mascot El Rayito (Mengmeng Fang) and their brand new solar system during a Neighbor’s Night Out tour. Photo credit Johan Verink.

Davis Doubling Up on Clean Solar Energy

We did it, Davis! High-fives and a fist bump.

In late May 2016, the city of Davis and Cool Davis — via City Council resolution — challenged you to add 500 new residential rooftop solar installations to our shared portfolio by the end of the year.

The numbers are in:

Rooftop solar permits were pulled for 502 Davis residences in 2016!

502 permits is the highest ever in a single year for Davis!

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Interfaith Conference 2017: Climate Justice and Hope

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda

“Humankind hovers on a precipice. On one side is the current path toward almost unimaginable climate disaster, in which those least responsible for climate change suffer first and foremost its deadly consequences.

The other side, however, is the potential before us: a world in which Earth’s eco-systems flourish and all people have the necessities for life with dignity."

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Earth's Warmest Year in 3-Year Streak


The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2016 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. During the final month, the December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the third highest for December in the 137-year record.

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Quest to Save the Polar Bears

Crossposted from the Davis Enterprise

Hey kids, want to save a polar bear? Tell your parents to leave the car at home and walk or bike to school next month instead.

All Davis school children will be able to participate in the Polar Pedal throughout February. For every trip to school made on foot or bicycle, kids will earn a point. Every 500 points equals a polar bear, and the goal is for the Davis Joint Unified School District to save 20 polar bears through Polar Bear International.

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Davis residents push for environmental protections

By Felicia Alvarez Crossposted from the Davis Enterprise

On Sunday, January 8, more than 150 residents gathered to discuss how to protect environmental gains from a feared assault by Donald Trump's administration, filling the wooden pews at Davis Community Church.

"It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor . . . [climate change] is a global challenge, which requires global solidatity," said Itzel Morales, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at UC Davis.

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Environmental Impact Statement Letters


The Standing Rock Sioux continue their fight to keep their sacred land intact and their water safe from oil spills. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an Environmental Impact Statement process set in motion by President Obama, which is open for public input until February 20. Steve Hampton has prepared some helpful guidance on preparing a comment letter. He advises the public to submit a letter because this process will have legal meaning.

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Meet the Valve Turners
Thurs, Feb 9, 7:00pm - Sacramento

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Great Hall, 2620 Capitol FREE

Last October, five people in four states shut the valves on pipelines carrying tar sands oil. The "Valve Turners" say their actions are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified. They now face serious charges, up to decades in prison. The first trial began Jan 31 for Ken Ward in Washington.

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Per Capita Davis: Batten down the hatches 
By John Mott-Smith
February Bike Light Campaign
Stormwater Quality Survey
Presentation with speaker Bill Grabert around Tuleyome's role in our region free the public at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St, Davis, CA at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 16.
Other upcoming Tuleyome events and opportunities:
  • February 16: Ecosystem resilience
  • February 18: Restoration at Stebbins Cold Canyon
  • February 19: Hike to Zim Zim Falls
  • March 5: Hike on Frog Pond Trail
  • March 23: Speaker Bob Sommer, co-author of the Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America.
Volunteer Orientation at Cool Davis
1623 5th St (above Davis Media Access)
Thursday Feb 23 6:30 - 8:00 pm
General Orientation at DMA  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 - 6:30pm
Davis Green Drinks FEB CANCELLED Will resume in March. First Thursdays. For more information on the local Green Drinks chapter, visit
Bike Party Davis
Every 4th Friday starting June 24 at Ken's Bike-Ski-Board, 650 G Street, Davis
Mutual Housing Building Up Tour
Tour of Zero Net Energy-Ready Spring Lake Development, Thursday Feb 16 11am to 12pm, 2170 Farmer's Central Road, Woodland
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