UC Davis – The University of California, Davis, turns on a new Smart Lighting Initiative to slash the amount of electricity it uses to illuminate its buildings and grounds. UC Davis is the first large institution in California to act on a September state mandate to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent or more by 2020.
This one-day event to improve the efficiency and performance of California’s K–12 facilities gathered representatives from K-12 schools and community colleges across Northern California. Attendees engaged in technology and financing workshops, as well as "ask the expert" discussions. They also connected with companies interested in partnering on demonstration projects and nonprofits devoted to helping schools improve their efficiency.
The Smart Schools Symposium is a one-day event for school leaders and facility managers that will feature proven best practices for lighting, HVAC and water efficiency upgrades. The symposium is presented by Greenwise Joint Venture in partnership with CLTC, UC Davis and other supporting organizations, public agencies and private companies.
CLTC partnered with Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison to survey occupancy at four test sites in California and four test sites in Washington State. The sites selected for the research study represent market sectors identified as having the greatest potential to achieve energy savings with exterior adaptive lighting solutions.
Last June UC Davis replaced 101 static HPS and MH wall packs with adaptive LED wall packs by Philips, equipping them with outdoor motion sensors by WattStopper and networked controls from Lumewave. Along with streetlights and post-top luminaires, the wall packs were incorporated into the Adaptive Campus Control System at UC Davis, via an RF network that provides campus-wide lighting control.
Last November, California voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, ending a state tax break for multistate businesses and dedicating the anticipated revenue to energy efficiency projects and job creation in the clean energy sector. The Governor's office recently released 2013–2014 budget summary proposes to allocate all Prop 39 funds to K–12 schools and community colleges for efficiency upgrades and clean energy job training programs.