About GreenLight Blog

The Greenlight blog shares the latest, original, forward-looking research by UC Davis on sustainable transportation, energy and climate-related challenges facing society. The blog highlights fact-based, data driven analysis and expert insights on the scientific, commercial, technological, environmental and societal issues related to the future of fuels, mobility and energy efficiency. Through this blog, workshops and publications, UC Davis seeks to inform and elevate public dialogue on government policy and business strategy.

GreenLight Blog


Welcome to GreenLight, blog of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Energy Institute, Energy Efficiency Center, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy—and affiliated centers and programs. Here you will find news on the latest research conducted by our affiliated faculty and research members, along with our graduate students. Our aim is to inform government and industry decision-making regarding vehicles, fuels, infrastructure, and mobility on key sustainable transportation and energy issues. Please explore, share, and comment on issues you find insightful or interesting.

The photo above shows West Village, the zero net energy community which is home to many of our transportation and energy research centers and institutes.
-Daniel Sperling, Professor and Director, ITS-Davis and the Energy Institute



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UC Davis: A Robust Presence at Events and in News Coverage of the Global Climate Action Summit

By UC Davis Policy Institute and ITS-Davis Staff | October 30, 2018

Occurring at the midpoint between the 2015 and 2020 UN Climate Change Conferences, the Global Climate Action Summit revisited the challenges and opportunities to spur climate action.

New “EV&Me” blog highlights experiences of electric-vehicle owners and drivers

By Hannah Safford | https://hannahsafford.wordpress.com/ | September 7, 2018

Today, the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Cool Davis are launching “EV&Me”, a blog where owners and drivers of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles share their experiences of driving electric.

Global Electric Vehicle Sales are Accelerating, but Could Tariffs and Uncertain Policies Make it Hit the Brakes?

By Tom Turrentine | https://its.ucdavis.edu/people/tom-turrentine/ | Kathryn Canepa | | July 30, 2018

While the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market has been growing for several years, its continued expansion faces threats, caught up in potential trade wars and a roll back of favorable policies.

Can Local Governments Make Lyft and Uber More Sustainable?

By Susan Pike | https://its.ucdavis.edu/people/susan-pike/ | May 8, 2018

Ridehailing is a hot topic, and the subject of much commentary from prominent transportation experts. It is the focus of the recent book that I co-authored with Dan Sperling, Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

GreenLight Blog: Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

By Amy Myers Jaffe | https://www.cfr.org/experts/amy-myers-jaffe | Joan Ogden | https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/fac-proresearch/ogden-joan/ | February 14, 2018

GreenLight Blog: Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

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