Davis is the "Coolest California City."
So say UC Berkeley researchers who awarded Davis the top prize in the Cool California Challenge for efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Chula Vista and Tracy were runners-up and also were named "Cool California Cities." The three cities were recognized Thursday by the Air Resources Board, which sponsored the competition.
Nearly 2,700 people in eight cities Chula Vista, Citrus Heights, Davis, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose and Tracy participated in the yearlong statewide contest to encourage residents to drive less and reduce energy use at home.
Participants reduced the state's emissions by 215 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equal to taking 90 homes off the electrical grid for a year, researchers said.
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