Amber Mace, Associate Director
UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy 
530-752-1083 office; 510-326-0685 cell


Wednesday August 8, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PDT

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UC Center Sacramento 
1130 K Street, Room LL3
Sacramento, CA CA 95814

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Policy Forum Series

Green Building Strategies: Achieving the Potential

August 8: Informing the State’s efficiency policies on Energy Efficient Lighting 

In California, energy efficiency is considered the number one resource for meeting the state’s energy demand. As a result of California's efficiency policies, the state’s per capita use of electricity has remained virtually flat over the past 30 years, despite rapid economic growth. Since 1978, these policies have saved Californians more than $1,000 per household, reduced harmful emissions, and avoided the need to build the equivalent of 24 giant power-plants or about 12,000 MW of peak demand  (CPUC). Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an Executive Order that directs state agencies and departments to take immediate steps to “green” state’s buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve energy efficiency. This policy forum series draws from the latest research to explore opportunities and barriers to meeting state policy targets, such as some of the major challenges to retrofitting existing buildings and ensuring that future construction includes the latest cost-effective efficient technologies for lighting and temperature management.

  • Session 1: Looking Cool and Bright: Informing the State's efficiency policies on Energy Efficient Lighting (Wed 8/8/12 - 11:30am-1:00pm)
  • Session 2: Looking Cool and Bright II: The latest research on cooling and building envelope technologies and strategis (TBA)
  • Session 3: The Next Generation: Opportunities at the water-energy nexus (Wed 8/29/12 - 11:30am-1:00pm)
  • Session 4: UC Davis West Village and Zero Net Energy Communities: Lessons from the field (TBA)

The UC Davis Policy Institute policy forum series explores how research can better inform and guide policy.  We bring together policy makers and practitioners, researchers, industry stakeholders and other experts for 1- to 2-hour sessions that include a research presentation followed by a robust discussion. Join us for lunch and lively discourse.

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