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Sustainability Research and Training Program

The Sustainability Research and Training Program (SRTP) is a collaborative project of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and the Diamond Developers (DD) of Dubai, UAE.  In March 2014, UC Davis and DD signed an agreement which would promote research and training regarding the technologies and social conditions entailed in building, living in, and maintaining communities designed for sustainable living.  DD is building such a community, which they have named the Sustainable City in Dubai. The Sustainable City will serve as a living laboratory for much of the research.  The interdisciplinary collaborative research will include partners from the various BCBCB Consortium universities. The projects will engage faculty from the social sciences, physical sciences and engineering.  Research will focus on water, soil, solid waste management, organic food production, renewable energy, and the social conditions and experiences entailed in building, living in, and maintaining communities designed for sustainable living.  

SRTP will promote research and training through the following strategies.

  1. Diamond Developers Sustainability Fellowship Program
  2. Research Grant Program
  3. Online Curriculum 
  4. Indices of Sustainability
  5. Lunch Lecture Series

 For additional background, please see the SRTP History page which includes information on key events and activities in the development of the SRTP program.  More information about the Sustainable City in Dubai can be found here. Other sustainability research efforts amongst the BCBCB consortium partners may be found here.


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The Sustainability Research and Training Program is a partnership between Diamond Developers and UC Davis.  Pictured from left to right are: Mr. Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers; Vice Provost Joanna Regulska; Professor Bryan Jenkins; Distinguished Professor Suad Joseph; Mr. Wassim Adlouni, Executive Director of Diamond Developers; Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi; and Vice Chancellor David Lawlor.


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