News

  • Following our group’s 12/15/21 meeting with Chancellor May, Provost Croughan and others, the Chancellor informed us on 1/4/22 that he has directed staff to prepare a plan by the end of 2022 for ending UCD fossil fuel use. See followup articles here (UCD press release), here (Fossil Free UCD op ed), and here (Davis Enterprise article).
  • UC Green New Deal Coalition Meeting, Tuesday, Nov 16 2021, 7-8 pm PST. Join us for our monthly meeting to meet other environmental activists, learn about the UC GND, and make yourself heard in a Town Hall discussion. New members are extremely welcome – there will be a 15 minute new member orientation ahead of the main meeting. Email Steve Wheeler at smwheeler@ucdavis.edu for the Zoom link.
  • The City of Davis is nearing the final stages of preparing its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Some believe the current draft could be much stronger, for example explicitly prohibiting fossil-fuel use in new buildings, requiring that gas furnaces and hot water heaters be replaced with electric heat pumps whenever in need of replacement, and setting a date such as 2035 after which use of fossil fuel motor vehicles would be prohibited in city limits. Staff will still accept comments on draft actions. To find out more, go to https://www.cityofdavis.org/sustainability/2020-climate-action-and-adaptation-plan-caap
  • The UC Berkeley administration has reportedly committed $1 million to study campus electrification (which would greatly reduce fossil fuel use for heating and cooling).
  • 2021/11/05 – Fossil Free UCD campaign featured in the Davis Enterprise
  • Despite very limited publicity, the Fossil Free UCD gained 433 signatures from the UC Davis community in the first 24 hours after its 11/1/21 launch. Good work everybody! Let’s keep it up! Please circulate the petition to all your lists and networks.
  • 2021/11/1 Press release – Activists Launch Fossil-Free UC Davis Campaign