Big Shift trench
First phase complete!

After more than two years of digging trenches, laying pipes and converting mechanical rooms, the first and biggest district of the Big Shift is complete.

What is the Big Shift?

The Regents of the University of California set a goal for all the UC's to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. UC Davis has a plan to get there and it involves a series of shifts:

  • Shifting our investments to dramatically decrease our reliance on fossil fuels
  • Shifting our energy supplies to those with renewable resources
  • Shifting our commitment, as a campus community, to reinforcing these changes with our own behavior

Innovations we implemented as a campus have garnered us the title of our nation’s number one most sustainable university and we've got plans to do more.

In spring of 2020, we launched a large-scale construction project that literally lays the groundwork for ultimately reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, while immediately decreasing our energy and water use — we call it the Big Shift. 

It's going to get messy, but it's worth it.

Here's what's happening

Watch this student-created video, explaining the shift from steam to hot water and the role it plays in the university's sustainability and carbon neutrality goals