Commercial UltraGreen Spotlight

When You Support our UltraGreen Businesses you Support VCE

So many of us are looking for meaningful ways our actions can make a difference. Here’s one easy way: show your support for VCE’s UltraGreen businesses. When you shop at their stores, support their non-profit organizations and patronize their businesses, you’re reinforcing their commitment to 100% renewable, carbon-free energy.

If you’d like to join VCE’s UltraGreen Spotlight, contact us and let us know you’ve made the choice to reduce your carbon footprint.

As a commercial UltraGreen customer, you can receive a digital UltraGreen badge to place on your website. Just ask us.

Capay Atelier Academic Nature School

Founded in 2016 by Alex Kane, an inspired and innovative teacher with broad experience in public and private schools, Capay Atelier is a new kind of school that takes learning to the outdoors. Kane’s approach is based on the educational development of thoughtful world citizens with an understanding and connection to nature. At Capay Atelier, students participate in a holistic learning experience they crave.

This unique experiential school, for children aged 5-18, blends standard academic curriculum with community service learning and outdoor education principles. The campus is a 27-acre working organic farm along the Cache Creek in Rumsey, home to diverse riparian and forest ecosystems.

When asked why he opted up to UltraGreen carbon-free electricity for his home and non-profit foundation, Alex says, “Transitioning to 100% renewable energy made absolute sense when we compared how we live and how we want our students to live in the world in a sustainable way. We minimize pollution as much as possible as a family and as a business. We take Friday field trips into the canyon so kids can get a deeper immersion in nature, and we’ve transitioned from a bunch of people driving their own vehicles to getting a school bus so we can reduce our overall gas pollution.”

You can read more about Capay Atelier Academic Nature School here.

Davis Coworking

Davis Coworking is a shared office environment founded by Do Tromp, a Dutch-born environmental enthusiast who moved to the US 10 years ago. Davis Coworking aims to promote sustainable business practices for start-ups and small companies by providing a flexible work environment that can help businesses accomplish their goals while maintaining a commitment to the planet.

Opened May 1, 2019 at 757 Russell Blvd., Davis Coworking offers its members access to bright, cheerful working spaces, shared amenities and conference rooms. It’s a perfect solution for self-employed or startup businesses and professionals who lack dedicated professional space of their own. There are currently about 20 members who pay monthly membership fees, and 20 more who purchase sets of day passes or single-use passes to use the office space and its amenities, which include fiber optic Wifi, printing, free parking, and pleasant, green surroundings.

Do grew up in the Netherlands, where activism around environmental issues seemed much more prevalent than it is here. “I experienced a bit of a shock when I moved to the US a decade ago and saw that the infrastructure is not set up to be conscientious and cautious about energy usage. Whether it’s at home or at my business, I try to maximize my opportunities for saving energy,” she said.

In addition to opting up to 100% renewable, carbon-free UltraGreen electricity, Davis Coworking uses smart LED lighting and smart thermostats to support sustainability. They recycle paper and plastic, discourage the use of individual plastic water bottles by offering filtered water in the office, and aim to reduce the use of paper cups by brewing fresh coffee daily that’s served from ceramic mugs kept on-hand in their “cup-board.”

“This is not just a business I’m running,” Do told us. “My aim is to demonstrate that profitability and sustainability can go hand-in-hand. I hope to support and inspire other small business owners to run a successful business while also keeping in mind an environmentally conscious outlook.”

You can read more about Davis Coworking here.

The Davis Co-op

Launched in 1972 in a living room, the Davis Co-op has grown into an indispensable community resource at the intersection of 6th and G Streets in Davis. This full-service grocery store is owned and operated by over 10,000 local households. Its extensive array of natural, organic and local foods offers a broad spectrum of groceries for the Co-op’s entire community.

Owners invest $20 each year in fully refundable shares to enjoy a wide array of healthy, locally sourced products, and so much more. Benefits of membership include the support of local farms and artisans, discounts on products and cooking classes, voting rights in Co-op elections, Patronage Refunds, and more. Not an owner yet? You’re still welcome to shop here.

“We’re excited and proud to be a VCE UltraGreen customer,” said Johanna Abasto, Marketing Manager at the Davis Co-op. “VCE is well aligned with our long-term goals to support local suppliers and act as a model for sustainability.”

Johanna’s statement seems modest, in our view. The Davis Co-op is also a center for creativity, collaboration, cooking skills and kombucha-on-tap. Whether you’re shopping for fresh, organic produce, meats, grains, seafood, deli, beverages, wellness products—or if you’d like to learn something while having fun with like-minded folks, the Davis Co-op is your source for all of the above.

Visit the Davis Co-op at 620 G Street in Davis.

Or read about their offerings and inspiration here.