Cool Davis

Cool Davis's mission is to inspire our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate, and improve the quality of life for all. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our community to 28% below 1990 levels by the end 2020 in order to reach carbon neutrality in our community by 2050.

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Address: P.O.Box 4013
Davis , CA 95617
County or Parish: Yolo County
Primary NTEE: Community Improvement, Capacity Building 
Sub NTEE: Community & Neighbourhood Development 
Executive Director: Christine Granger
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 530-219-1712
Cool Davis was founded in 2010 dedicated to achieving the City of Davis's climate action goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Made up of volunteers, community organizations, institutions, and businesses our objective has been to assist the city in engaging of 75% of households in greenhouse gas reductions as one pathway to meeting the community goal of carbon neutrality. Since June 2010, Cool Davis has grown to include over 80 partner organizations in the Cool Davis Sustainability Coalition. We have raised over $200,000 in local community funding. We have held four annual Cool Davis Festivals, with the most recent Festival reached over 4,000 participants with practical solutions for reducing GHG in home energy, transportation, and consumption of food and goods. Cool Davis led the City of Davis effort competing in the 2013 ARB Cool California Challenge, resulting in becoming the first California city to be named Coolest California City. Cool Davis is governed by an active Board of Directors, and is led primarily by a volunteer team.

The Cool Davis Coalition - Over 80 partner organizations to support and mentor each other in greenhouse gas reduction, organize educational forums, advocate on climate issues, lead other collaborative projects and events.

The Cool Davis Cool Homes Campaign - In 2013, Cool Davis launched its Cool Homes network, a small (1,000+) but growing cohort of households actively planning and taking action to reduce Green House Gas emissions in their day to day lives. In 2016, the city and Cool Davis launched the Double Up on Solar Campaign encouraging households to purchase solar now to reach a goal of doubling residential rooftop solar by 2020. We reached and exceeded our benchmark goal for 2016 with 502 households choosing to add solar PV to their homes. Cool Davis is in final planning stages for a multi-year, multi-pronged campaign to be led by staff and community volunteers to reach our objective of engagement of 75% of households around key actions like solar PV, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Households all over Davis are signing up as Cool Homes, taking a pledge and getting busy reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Davis is bringing them together, making them a visible network, and providing them with support, information and resources to take action.
To meet these objectives Cool Davis needs for our Programs:
1. Funding to train and direct a growing cadre of 100+ community volunteers, including Field Coordinators and Campaign Manager
2. Resources for incentives to stimulate key household actions, including the in-kind donations of goods and services that might serve as prizes or incentives to actions.
3. Volunteers and Board Members.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - $75,000 to support a portion of the cost of the salaries for two field coordinators and a Campaign manager who direct volunteer ambassadors doing outreach to households.
  2. Funding: Program - $25,000 to fund discounts, incentives, and prizes to demonstrate and stimulate key household actions.
  3. Board Members - Key leadership volunteers to assist with committee and board leadership are needed to reach the next level of our goals. In particular Cool Davis is looking for volunteers who come from and are involved with varying parts of our community, who have skills in public speaking, an interest in GHG reduction activities, a willingness to help seek funding sources, and a passion for action to mitigate Climate Change.
  4. Volunteers - People who have a passion for helping other people in our community start working on their next step in living sustainably. It can take a household ten years to make all the changes that they need and would like to make. Having a friendly supportive voice to trouble shoot ideas, suggest solutions and encourage each other along the way is what Cool Davis is all about.
  5. Other - Please Describe - Active strong united leadership from public sector leaders on climate policy in local decision making -- related to land use, mode shifts in transportation, energy standards, waste reduction, and water conservation.
"Climate change is a human-made crisis. We have disrupted the earth's climate and initiated the sixth largest extinction of living creatures. But if humans caused this harm, then we have the possibility to change our destructive behaviors and choose to preserve a habitable planet on which to live. We already know exactly how to begin: wean ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuels. While the science of climate change is clear, the facts are not enough to lead most of us to action.

So what may move us to take action? For most of us the answer lies in our hearts: the love we hold for our families, and our communities, for the generations of children who follow us, for local hillsides and valley orchards, meadows of wild flowers fed by glacial melt, for clean air and water, for undisturbed expanses of forest and prairie and mountain tops, for the beauty and solace of the earth as we have known it. Cool Davis is about expressing that love in tangible ways: promoting energy efficient homes, healthy, carbon-free transportation options, and consumption habits based on reducing, reusing, re-purposing, and recycling as well as buying local.

For those of us on the Board of Cool Davis, our work is both a moral imperative and an act of hope. And we believe strongly that this work can fun, interesting and energizing. We include the creative arts, music, dance, theater, good food, and community action in our activities. We work with our many partner organizations, including the City of Davis and many local businesses to educate and encourage our community to move purposefully toward a low carbon future, to build resilience, and to secure a healthy, just environment for all."

Judy Moores
Past Chair, Foundation Board of Directors, and Founder of Cool Davis