Science and Action Core Fund
Your support of the Wild Energy Initiative’s Science and Action Core Fund enables impartial research and education on interactions between energy development and Earth, including its systems and species, to address urgent sustainability issues. We study critical environmental processes that make the energy more sustainable.
Our research provides information about the intersection between energy systems and planet Earth. We study the risks and benefits of energy development towards the goal of making the generation of electricity and fuels we use more sustainable.
Your support of the Wild Energy Initiative’s Science and Action Core Fund enables impartial research and training on interactions between energy development and Earth, including its systems and species, to address urgent sustainability issues. We study critical environmental processes that make the energy we all use more sustainable. The Wild Energy Initiative is founded and led by Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez and Dr. Steven M. Grodsky, millennial and optimistic scientists at UC Davis, who are laying a foundation for the new field of energy ecology. The Wild Energy Initiative is a strategic initiative in the John Muir Institute of the Environment and is also supported by the Energy and Efficiency Institute.
Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grodsky, along with their collaborators and other UC Davis leaders, are making the Wild Energy Initiative a globally recognized hub for understanding the sustainability of energy systems.
The science we produce, in part, seeks to help key decision-makers reduce adverse effects and optimize ecological synergies of a rapid transition to renewable energy. For example, the investment you make can support a study of potential environmental and economic risks from an emerging renewable energy technology and also ways to mitigate those risks to help push renewables forward. Avoidance of risks can help keep rate-payer costs of electricity low and avoid conflicts with wildlife and the ecosystems in which they exist. The investment you make will support studies on how to establish renewable energy technologies that produce beneficial outcomes across industrial and ecological boundaries.
Your generosity is critical to our capacity to continue these investigations that delve deeply into understanding the biological and physical world around us. Please join us and be a part of a growing and committed group of donors who support vibrant science that advances our mission of enhancing sustainability on planet earth for all species and ecosystems that humans depend on.
Our researchers count on donor’s generosity to fund:
- Purchasing of soil and atmospheric sensors to measure changes in land surface temperatures and weather near power plants;
- Endowing the Wild Energy Summer Research Internship Program for undergraduate and masters students, where students become a part of the research process itself;
- Funding a research demonstration project to evaluate benefits of solar energy in rangeland systems.
Thank you for making your gift today and supporting our mission at this important time. The Wild Energy Initiative of the John Muir Institute of the Environment facilitates impartial research and education on interactions between energy development and Earth, including its systems and species, to address exigent sustainability issues.