Partners

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California lighting technology center

Part of the University of California, Davis, the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. The center includes full-scale laboratories for research and development, as well as prototype and product testing. 

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sol design lab

Sol Design Lab creates award winning and unique solar charging stations focused on urban resiliency, place making and renewable energy education. These solar charging stations can charge anything from cell phones to electric scooters and can be found on college campuses and city streets nation wide. In addition, these stations provide energy efficient lighting, internet connectivity, gather data about the environment, and display information on an integrated digital screens.

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Uc davis department of design

The Department of Design offers a creative, challenging, and flexible approach to the study of design with emphasis on socially responsible, human-centered, and sustainable practice.

      Big Ideas @ UC Berkeley   Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. By encouraging novel proposals and then supporting concrete next steps, Big Ideas is helping contest winners make an impact all over the world.  Read more about Big Ideas  here.

    Big Ideas @ UC Berkeley

    Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. By encouraging novel proposals and then supporting concrete next steps, Big Ideas is helping contest winners make an impact all over the world.

    Read more about Big Ideas here.

      UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies   The Blum Center for Developing Economies addresses the needs of poor communities in developing countries. We prepare students with the theoretical understanding, applied skills, and experiential learning. Our courses and grants programs enable students to become agents of change in the war against world poverty.  Read more about Blum Center  here.

    UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies

    The Blum Center for Developing Economies addresses the needs of poor communities in developing countries. We prepare students with the theoretical understanding, applied skills, and experiential learning. Our courses and grants programs enable students to become agents of change in the war against world poverty.

    Read more about Blum Center here.

     

    Mentors

     

    Beth Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Design, UC Davis

    Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Design at The University of California Davis. She teaches the history and studio practice of sustainable design, as well as furniture and solar energy design.

    She is the director of Sol Design Lab, a design/build studio that specializes in solar charging stations and public art. She has collaborated with public utilities, festivals, urban parks, and universities to position solar energy as a civic and public resource. She has engaged thousands of participants in the development of projects such as solar charging stations, up-cycled public furniture, Climate Kits, and ecological maps.

     

    Michael Siminovitch, Professor of Design, UC Davis

    Professor Michael Siminovitch is the director of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and associate director of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. He established CLTC to support collaborative efforts among representatives from private industry, public agencies and utilities. CLTC projects accelerate the development and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting technologies for both residential and commercial applications.