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1 May I use a space heater? Featured

Space heaters are not prohibited at UC Davis. The campus Fire Department permits the use of space heaters that meet campus guidelines. (See Fire Net: Portable Space Heater Fire Regulations.) However, space heaters are very costly in terms of energy use and…

2 Are there LEED-certified buildings on campus?

UC Davis has many LEED registered and certified buildings. All new buildings at UC Davis are required to meet standards equivalent to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Some campus…

3 Does UC Davis recycle water?

UC Davis makes limited use of its highly treated wastewater effluent. The water meets all standards for unrestricted use. Currently, only the grounds of the Wastewater Treatment Plant itself and the surrounding area are irrigated using reclaimed water.

4 What is LEED? Does UC Davis follow LEED guidelines?

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance “green” buildings. UC’s Sustainable Practices Policy (PDF)…

5 What is the campus standard for room temperature?

The campus standard for room temperature is 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 26 Celsius) year round. This standard is based on what is safe and healthy for human beings. Animal facilities and other special-use spaces may be maintained at different temperatures.…

6 What should I do when I see lights left on during the day, or when offices are not occupied?

We appreciate your concern about unnecessary energy use! Please be aware that the lights may be on a timer or motion sensor, or may be part of an older lighting system that cannot be managed by specific room or zone. UC Davis has launched a Smart Lighting…

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