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Cool Davis issues a general newsletter every other month beginning with the January/February issue each year. We also issue a special Earth Day newsletter in April and a special Welcome Back in October. If you're interested in writing a piece for us, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome community volunteers!
Sept Oct 2020
Driving on Sunshine is a week-long series of online, from-home events with community sharing opportunities slated for the week of September 26 to October 4, 2020, hosted by Cool Davis, the Cool Davis solar task force, the City of Davis, SacEv, and the Davis Electric Vehicle Association (DEVA).
Cool Davis shares in the grief and anger of the black community at the ongoing institutional racism, implicit bias, and explicit racism that continues to perpetrate violence and injustice in our communities across our nation. We are here to listen, engage, and act. Please read our pledge to re-evaluate our practices and create a more inclusive movement. #blacklivesmatter
Earth Day 2020
Under the shelter-in-place directive, many of us are coming to grips with what it means to live, learn, and work at home. We are cooking more (hooray!), using more lights, and keeping ourselves cozy and comfortable for many more hours than usual.
One environmentally positive lifestyle change is simple, cheap, and constructive: reducing consumption of animal products. Engage in a discussion about the benefits of moving towards a plant-based diet and reap the rewards of scores of quality resources.
There are so many ways to make change. Everyone’s actions are needed! There’s no time like the present to get busy removing the fossil fuels from your life, your organization, and your community.
Youth and young adult leaders are bringing a new urgency and energy to climate action in Davis and across the globe.
New Staff: Welcome to Chrissy Backman!
"As Energy Campaign Field Coordinator, I'll be planning and facilitating activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community."
Electric Vehicle Popularity Growing in Davis
More than 80 percent of participants reported their intention to buy an electric vehicle after the EVs@theMarket event this year. What a "great opportunity" one shared; it "should happen more often."
Last year’s EVs@theMarket event logged 256 test drives of 10 new dealer vehicles, and 1078 conversations with 27 electric vehicle owners.
Welcome Erin Reddy!
Cool Davis is pleased to introduce Erin Reddy, our new Campaign Manager! Erin will be responsible for overall development, planning, and implementation of campaign strategy.
Girl Scouts Taking Action
After sending a request to the Davis School Board to develop their own resolution, Girl Scouts Troop 199 came to the Davis School Board meeting to voice their support.
The work of several Cool Davis interns, expert reviewers and contributors, and dedicated staff has finally culminated in the posting of two new Cool Davis web pages. The Climate Change Impacts page, easily accessible from the home page, summarizes global and regional impacts down to one of the very specific, and very local impacts expected to hit our community the hardest: extreme heat.
Data around extreme heat in Davis paints the picture of a shifting climate from our current conditions to a local environment more akin to what we expect for Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona. The Climate Basics page provides an overview of some of the key points and data that indicate the atmosphere is changing and temperatures are rising as a result.
Green Reach Code Milestone
The City of Davis announced May 20 that it is now requiring solar photovoltaics on all new non-residential buildings and any proposed high-rise, multi-family dwellings. This is the latest initiative taken by the City to keep Davis in a leadership position as a resilient, adaptive, and economically vibrant City.
Link to residential solar article: "Want to Add Solar Panels to Your New Home?" Before adding solar to your recently purchased home, here are five considerations. REMEMBER: Solar tax credits begin to sunset at the end of 2019. [Newsletter link was bad.]
Earth Day 2019
Burger Battle Surpasses Goal of 5000 Burgers Sold
The COOL Cuisine Burger Battle energized the Davis dining scene with some Earth Day friendly food this past March when downtown and UC Davis campus restaurants sold over 5,000 planet-friendly burgers to enthusiastic locals and a surprising number of out-of-town visitors.
Event organizers exceeded their goals for burgers sold (5,115). The percentage of burgers rated (16%) was more than double the percent in the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle last June. Several restaurants more than doubled their sales of similar burgers and the competing burger was among top selling items for them as well.
Chefs Feeling Creative and Competitive for COOL Cuisine Burger Battle
Chef Prajwal Bajracharya of Yeti Restaurant and Chef Arturo Gonzalez, of Smokin’ Ewe BBQ (at G St. Wunderbar) sharpen their plant-based cooking skills as part of the 2019 COOL Cuisine Burger Battle.
Ask for the special Burger Battle burger when you order!
RATE EVERY BURGER you taste!
Map of eateries offering burgers
Tasting teams registering all month
Local Real Estate Agent Outfits Own Home with Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Standing in Claire's living area with the wet nose of the family dog in my hand, I noticed that despite all the windows and light in the room, the house was surprisingly cool. In fact, it felt as though an air conditioner had recently been shut off.
To learn more about how you can retrofit your home, plan to attend a Home Heating and Cooling Make a Plan Workshop on January 27 at the Davis Senior Center. Register now to assist Cool Davis with planning.
Cool Davis is thankful for the rain that cleared the skies and helped to fully extinguish the Camp Fire this past week. The Thanksgiving holiday was still tempered as Cool Davis volunteers and donors reflected on the impacts of the fire on our neighbors to the north.
Let's Talk About Food: Join the Davis Futures Forum December 5th at 7:00pm at Davis Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd to hear Paula Daniels, a pre-eminent expert on food policy, speak about her experience in L.A. as a sustainable and equitable food system leader in and for the City of L.A.
October 2018 SPECIAL
EVs@theMarket a Huge Success!
This year’s EVs@theMarket event far surpassed last year’s event. Conversations with electric vehicles owners numbered 1078. There were 27 owner-volunteers displaying their electric vehicles (three more than planned via a little squeezing-in). By the end of the afternoon, folks had been lining up for a total of 256 test ride and drives with 10 dealer vehicles.
National Drive Electric Week is back! To celebrate, Cool Davis and DEVA are partnering with SacEV (and many more) to host the second annual EVs@theMarket event adjacent to the Davis Farmers Market. Take a slight detour from your normal market route, and find out what driving electric is all about! (Check us out first, then bag your groceries later.)
Greywater systems hold immense potential for water savings in our community. Cool Davis working group Water Wise Davis is hosting its second Greywater Showcase this coming July with support from the City of Davis. Participants get a chance to win one of four laundry to landscape parts kits (a $75 dollar value) complete with complimentary professional consultation!
Most people know that solar panels produce little on a cloudy day. But you may not have heard that even spotty or partial shade can negatively affect solar panel production a surprising amount.
If large trees cast full shade on your house most of the day, solar may not be in the cards. But for the much more common issue of intermittent or partial shade caused by branches, chimneys, or other small obstructions, the future is still bright.
Earth Day 2018
We live in a time of change. The impacts of climate change are affecting populations around the world as well as here at home. Whereas in the past the somewhat singular focus of the environmental community has been on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability, the spotlight now is on adaption and resilience.
Resilience has become a natural framework for emergency preparedness efforts and more recently for public health agencies. Now environmental and sustainability allies are joining forces in these other arenas to weave together a more comprehensive planning and readiness process.
The 6th Annual Interfaith Climate Conference to be held March 10th is devoted to our life-giving trees. The conference – Deepening our Roots: Growing Resilient Forests – will feature two tree experts, one addressing how to create healthy urban Forests and the other examining the challenges facing our Sierra Nevada forests and how to protect them.
Eighteen plus turned up to share successes as well as plans for the future at the Cool Davis Coalition meeting this past December 20, 2017, at the RepowerYolo office 909 5th Street (Indigo Architects), now the first fully net zero energy structure in Davis. Partner representatives, many of whom wear multiple hats both professionally and personally in our community, reported an impressive range of activities including a notable highlight: Mutual Housing of California’s Spring Lake housing development in Woodland (represented by Anne Marie Flynn, Community Development Officer) won an international award from World Habitat in 2017.