This project developed a new low-cost air-flow sensor, or anemometer, to identify the actual flow of air in rooms and in ducts. These anemometers can assist in early detection of operational issues and can help optimize the performance to improve comfort and reduce energy. If successfully commercialized and installed, these anemometers have the potential to reduce the energy use of almost all commercial HVAC systems in California.
Program: Climate Change
CIEE managed two expansive studies of California’s vulnerability to climate change involving dozens of principal investigators at multiple UC campuses and other institutions. The goal was to give planners, public-health officials, land-use managers, and others the research-backed basis they need to develop strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
This research project sought to advance the incorporation of natural and working lands use and management into California’s climate change mitigation strategy.
The more we understand our own contributions to greenhouse-gas emissions, the better we can act to reduce them. The CoolClimate Carbon-Footprint Calculator shows us how we are doing, and how we can to do better.
The University of California (UC) system has committed to reducing its net GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020 (all scopes), and to zero by 2025 under its Carbon Neutrality Initiative (scopes 1 & 2). UC campuses are reducing their direct emissions using all affordable strategies, and also anticipate needing to procure offsets to get all the way to zero. The purpose of this project is to develop UC’s strategy for procuring offsets that are high quality, support scalable climate solutions, and fulfill the University’s research, education, and public service missions.
Leveraging diverse expertise throughout the state, the Fifth Assessment will contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability throughout California. It will support on-the-ground implementation and decision-making at the local, regional, tribal, and state levels, focusing on the needs of communities most vulnerable to climate change impacts. CIEE is assisting the state with the selection, project management and administration of the core climate research studies.
The Binational Lab on Smart Energy Management and Technology is a research partnership between Mexico’s largest and most prestigious private education institute, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey), and California’s UC Berkeley.
The overarching goal of WESTCARB was to facilitate successful, commercial-scale, carbon capture, utilization, and geologic storage (CCUS) development within the WESTCARB region (California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and the province of British Columbia) by expanding and enhancing regional characterization through research and development to identify and address CCUS implementation issues.