Sustaining Healthier Communities

Growing something greater for all

People in communities everywhere share similar hopes, such as greater safety, socioeconomic equality, and progress in addressing violence, pollution and homelessness. At UC Davis, we seek to go one step further: raising the bar for well-being not just by healing society’s ills, but also by examining and addressing their origins. We have a long record of pursuing solutions that nourish communities and give people equitable access to the resources they need to thrive. And now, we’re seizing this moment to do something even greater.

Protecting ocean health in a warming world

At the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML), ocean water streams in through crisscrossing pipes, sea creatures crawl in bubbling tanks, panoramic windows show views of the ocean—and students, faculty and staff are making crucial discoveries for ocean and coastal health.

Fungi to fuel: Food waste leads to new, nutritious food products

Professor Ruihong Zhang has been studying how to create high-value products from agricultural waste for nearly 30 years, including her latest project: merging fungi with extracts from walnut and almond hulls to create nutrient-dense “myco-foods.”

A transformative gift for a sustainable future

Philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company, have pledged the largest gift ever to the university by individual donors. The $50 million pledge will support the school’s longstanding commitment to address today’s most pressing challenges in agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Saving Lake Tahoe

Since its founding in 2004, TERC experts have worked to build a more resilient future for the Tahoe Basin, conducting key research and actively seeking solutions to improve outcomes for the lake’s waters and its surroundings. With donor support for new technology and research, TERC will have an even greater impact on Tahoe’s future. 

Vertical farming

In Plant Sciences, a 40-foot-long shipping container is home to one of the latest innovations on campus: an indoor vertical farming facility, which features a hydroponic system having the potential to use 90 percent less water than traditional methods. Within the controlled environment, there is also significantly less need for pesticides and other chemicals.

As we look forward, we look to you

Your partnership will help UC Davis strengthen our region as a nexus for ingenuity and forward-looking solutions that create a better world—from defining new artistic genres to reshaping our built environments to support tomorrow’s industries and communities.

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