A dynamic mixed-use community where students, faculty and staff live locally and participate fully in the life of the campus
UC Davis West Village is a new campus neighborhood located on UC Davis land adjacent to the core campus in Davis, California. It is designed to enable faculty, staff and students to live near campus, take advantage of environmentally friendly transportation options, and participate fully in campus life.
- UC Davis West Village is the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. In its first year, West Village was able to offset 87% of its energy consumption with on-site solar energy production.
- The $300 million project is made possible by an innovative public-private partnership; it is supported with nearly $7.5 million in federal and state grants to study zero net energy systems.
- Energy efficiency measures reduced projected energy demand by approximately 50 percent as compared to then-current building code requirements. Renewable energy is used to meet the remaining energy needs on an annual basis.
- The project draws on the expertise of UC Davis faculty and research centers. New technologies being explored include the use of battery storage and energy-saving aerosol construction sealants developed by UC Davis research.
- UC Davis has partnered with Sacramento City College, Davis Center to create the first community college center on a UC campus.
West Village is founded on three core principles:
- Housing Availability. New housing options will enable faculty and staff to purchase new homes locally, at below market prices, and will expand the choices for students to live near campus.
- Environmental Responsiveness. Sustainable design of the site and the buildings will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment.
- Quality of Place. A network of open spaces, parks, gardens, pathways and courtyards will provide the attributes and character of traditional Davis neighborhoods.