Science and Innovation

Davis is a town that prides itself on innovation. Muir Commons is a 26-home co-housing community experiment in living borrowed from Europe. This complex allows residents to enjoy the economy of community living while retaining the privacy and benefits of individual home ownership.

Nearly every week, foreign dignitaries and notables from the United States tour Village Homes – a 240-home, 60-acre development designed in 1975 to recreate a traditional sense of community and to conserve energy and water in the most efficient way possible. Solar water heating and passive space heating designs are incorporated into the design of each home. In addition to open spaces around the homes, there is a large village green, a community day care center, an amphitheater, a pool, and a vineyard. The Village Homes development has been the subject of several national and international television documentaries on the environment and the future.

Addressing the age-old problem of teaching science with excitement, the Davis Regional Science Center is a model facility for science centers throughout the country and the world. Serving nearly half the counties in the state of California the center is designed to educate by totally immersing visitors in experiments, thus stimulating questions and education. The Explorit Science Center is a hands-on science museum with informal, year-round programs on math and science for children, youth and adults.

As one of the leading recipients of research funding in the nation, UC Davis offers a number of innovative research programs. They include the National Institute for Global Environmental Change, Neuroscience/Neurobiology Center, a statewide 100-year Sustainable Agriculture Plants Program, and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Throughout Davis and the greater region, a cluster of biotechnology firms have developed building on the expertise and partnerships available on the UC Davis campus and the proximity to the Bay Area biotechnology community.

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