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Solar Decathlon Kickoff Event Oct. 30

UC Davis will be competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Preview the house and meet the students and faculty working on the project during a kickoff event from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at AECOM, 2020 L St., Suite 300 in Sacramento. The event will include unveiling of the draft design, appetizers and beverages. To RSVP, visit To learn more about getting involved, contact Julia Lave Johnston at
UC Davis Extension's Land Use and Natural Resources also will be holding a series of lectures this spring about topics relevant to the Solar Decathlon project, including energy efficient lighting, and the political and financial aspects of zero net energy housing. Check back for more information.

Featured Programs

UC Davis Extension is restructuring its Sustainability Studies programs. Two of the certificate programs: Green Building and Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy, are shorter, more focused professional concentrations that can easily be completed in as little as a year. Both of these new professional concentrations can be taken entirely online. Both professional concentrations also fulfill the elective requirements for the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program, allowing students to complete a professional concentration while they are working towards earning the certificate.


Sierra Institute - Now at UC Davis Extension!

Sierra Institute

The Sierra Institute offers interdisciplinary environmental studies programs to undergaduates from around the country.
Click here to learn about the Sierra Institute.

California Naturalist Program

Earn credit with the UC-created California Naturalist Program, which combines classroom, assigned reading, and field-based exploration of California’s unique ecology. Learn more here.

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brochureLand Use and Natural Resources catalog (Fall 2014) pdf (1.2 MB)

Sustainability Abroad

Peruse observations and photos of sustainability projects throughout Northern Europe from Jeff Loux's summer abroad course in Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe.

UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux discusses sustainability following a 2009 visit to Germany with his summer abroad course in this ABC News article.

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Earn Professional Credit

Many Environment and Sustainability courses offer professional continuing education credits for professional accreditations including AICP, GBCI, MCLE and REHS. Check the course listings to see if the courses you’re interested are approved. Questions? Email or call (530) 757-8878.