THE DOWNLOAD: U Center Signs, Compost Truck

Worker installs University Credit Union Center signage.
The home for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and large-scale indoor events is now called the University Credit Union Center. (Anjie Cook/UC Davis)

So long, Pavilion. Signs now direct campus visitors to the U Center District, where they’ll find the University Credit Union Center — or U Center for short — the home for Aggie basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and large-scale indoor events.

Read more about the new signs and the name change in this earlier article.

A unique vaccine clinic

The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The clinic will offer a comfortable experience for families, including sensory support and specially trained staff.

Eggheads refreshed

Some of UC Davis’ most iconic public art pieces got a touch-up earlier this month. The Eggheads, created by the late, longtime faculty member Robert Arneson and installed starting in 1991, are bronze with a special paint that gives them their signature eggshell look. The Walla Walla Foundry of Walla Walla, Washington, which cast the sculptures, returned to campus for maintenance just in time for the new academic year. The foundry team was last on campus in 2016.

Two workers scrub an Egghead sculpture.
Workers from the Walla Walla Foundry returned to campus earlier this month for maintenance on the Egghead sculptures. (Dani Knapp/UC Davis)

Compost truck now roams campus

A worker empties a trash can into a truck.
Daniel King supervises as the new compost truck's automatic arm empties a can into the bed of the truck.

The arrival of the first compost truck on campus earlier this year signaled the further expansion of compost collection toward the university’s zero waste goals and compliance with state regulations. 

The new truck is able to pick up both compost and container recycle streams, replacing a pick-up truck previously used to collect and empty compost toters in addition to an aging recycling truck used to collect and empty recycle toters. Equipped with a built-in compactor, an automatic arm and seven times the capacity of the pickup truck, the new truck can service all current locations in a single trip, with less manual labor. 

“About 60 percent of our current landfill waste can be diverted to compost, but in order to facilitate this we need to secure the proper infrastructure,” said Camille Kirk, director of sustainability and campus sustainability planner.

— Sienna Mata

Read more about the truck on the Facilities Management website.

Cheeto immortalized

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Cody Kitaura is a News and Media Relations Specialist in the Office of Strategic Communications, and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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