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Vital Secrets of Sustainable Neighborhoods, Nov 2

The complete schedule for the fall semester is online at

. All talks may be viewed on our

Webviewing at UC Davis: 1003 Kemper Hall

Webviewing at UC Merced: SE1 100

Webviewing at UC Santa Cruz: SOE E2 Building, Room 506


Many strategies have been proposed for how to achieve low to zero carbon operations in the built environment. All the strategies associated with building efficiency – high value insulation, low air infiltration, passive solar, daylighting, natural ventilation, shading, efficient lighting and appliances are the proven foundation for reducing energy demand by 40-60%. Green urbanism – compact, mixed-use, high density, walkable communities with frequent, high quality public transit can reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT) by 30-50% or higher. Solar (PV and hot water) and wind energy can contribute a significant part of the supply, but what can make up the balance to get to zero carbon. Four case studies of existing neighborhoods reveal the secrets.