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October 16, 2012, Webinar: Net-Zero-Energy Communities

This webinar was held October 16, 2012, and provided information on net-zero-energy communities in California and Hawaii. Download the presentations below, watch the webinar (WMV 159 MB), or view the text version. Find more CommRE webinars.

University of California Davis West Village: The Largest Planned Net Zero Energy Community in the United States

The University of California-Davis' (UC Davis) West Village is a new housing development that will ultimately occupy about 200 acres near the campus. The development will have apartment buildings for nearly 3,000 students and approximately 500 single-family houses for both faculty and staff. Apartments for the first 800 students opened in August 2011 and an additional 500 students moved into apartments in September 2012. Energy efficiency measures combined with onsite solar photovoltaic electricity generation will achieve the goal of zero net energy from the grid on an annual basis.

Presenter Sid England serves as assistant vice chancellor for environmental stewardship and sustainability at UC Davis and has worked on campus planning issues for 25 years. His office coordinates campus sustainability programs including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. A member of the West Village project team since its inception, he co-leads the team striving to achieve zero net energy. England is the project manager for West Village Energy Initiative grants from the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He also has a lead role in the Smart Lighting Initiative, which aims to reduce energy used for campus lighting by 60% and the renewable energy anaerobic digester, which will generate electricity from campus waste. He also oversees environmental planning and natural resource management on the UC Davis campus. A UC Davis graduate, England holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and teaches an introductory birding class through UC Davis Extension.

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Hoa'âina: Hawaiian Communities in Social & Environmental Harmony

Kaupuni Village is an example of bridging cultural values with the desire for sustainable living. At this webinar you will learn how the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust is developing diverse housing products to meet the housing needs of a modern day Native Hawaiian family.

David Miyasaki, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, presented.

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