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Oct. 15 UC Davis West Village ribbon-cutting and open house

October 4, 2011

Zero-net energy community on the rise

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Oct. 15, Saturday — UC Davis West Village, the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States, will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of its first 315 apartments, recreation center and village square. The celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature speakers, tours and a barbecue. All events are free and open to the public.

“UC Davis West Village is a tremendous achievement — something that all of us on campus and in our region can take great pride in,” said John Meyer, vice chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management. “It has been achieved with a network of open spaces, parks, gardens, pathways and courtyards that provide the high quality of place and community that Davis is known for. We invite everyone to come out and experience this remarkable community for themselves."

Phase I of the community's construction has generated some 300 jobs and created new apartments that currently house 846 students, faculty and staff. Phase I also includes the Sacramento City College Davis Center, the first community college satellite on a University of California campus.

The first phase provides 42,500 square feet of retail and commercial space as well. Tenants will include a planned campus energy "uHub," which will aggregate several campus research centers and help facilitate interactions with the private sector in the area of energy research.

Future plans for the development include single-family homes for faculty and staff, housing that will help the university to recruit and retain top employees who can live locally and participate fully in the life of the campus and community. A site is also reserved for a day care center.

The day’s events will begin in the UC Davis West Village Square, where tent exhibits will be on display. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m., followed by remarks from representatives of the university and developer, among other speakers. At 11 a.m., the barbecue will begin, and members of the public can tour model apartments, the recreation center, observation deck and future retail space.

Throughout the event, participants will learn about:

  • The energy-efficient features that will help UC Davis West Village to achieve its zero net energy goal and allow residents to live not only sustainably, but also comfortably. Zero net energy means that the community will generate as much energy as it consumes in the course of a year.
  • The innovative public-private partnerships among UC Davis, West Village Community Partners and others involved in the creation of the community.
  • Sacramento City College Davis Center, which opens to its first students in January.

For more information, call (530) 754-2262.

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UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, and the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system and about two dozen specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and 99 undergraduate majors in four colleges and six professional schools.

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