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With new funding awarded from the Asia‑Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis will continue to lead an initiative focused on developing lighting strategies designed for use in sustainable building projects. The funding, awarded under the winning proposal titled “Establishing Lighting Best Practices and Educational Programs to Achieve Deep Energy Savings,” will support workshops intended to build a collaborative of researchers committed to the development of sharable lighting best practices that will achieve deep energy savings through retrofitting existing buildings. This project is a collaboration with researchers at universities including King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand (KMUTT), Tongji University in Shanghai, China and the University of Singapore. The initiative supports regional and international efforts focused on creating zero net energy buildings and other proactive carbon neutrality goals.

Work is expected to begin in July with an in-person meeting between the three professors who will lead the project; Chanyaporn Chuntamara of KMUTT, Luoxi Hao of Tongji University, and Michael Siminovitch of UC Davis. The first major workshop event, tentatively planned to take place in December 2015, will be discussed at this meeting. This grant is the second award from APEC to support the development of national lighting design centers in the region. The funding allows for work to continue through December 16. 

UC Davis will be represented by CLTC director and Department of Design professor Michael Siminovitch. Professor Siminovitch also represents UC Davis on the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council, which was formed to support progress toward the Carbon Neutrality Initiative goals. The goals of the council are closely aligned with those of the APEC project. UC President Janet Napolitano formed the Council to advise UC campuses on achieving the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 while providing guidance for furthering other longstanding sustainability goals. 

More information on the APEC project is available at: www.apec.org

Learn more about the University of California's carbon reduction goals and initiatives.