When a group of University Hills neighbors got together one evening last year to hear about options for installing rooftop solar panels, negotiating a group discount was not an articulated goal. A handful of residents had gathered to watch a slide show delivered by resident Senait Forthal, a renewable energy consultant. Her neighbor, UCI writer-in-residence
For Peter Burke, a professor in UCI's Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, flying drones is a natural extension of an interest in aviation that goes back to childhood. "My brother and Dad were in the Air Force and I did model aviation as a kid," he said. As an early adopter of drones, Burke
“America's Smartest Neighborhood? Demographer explores University Hills, the nation's largest on-campus faculty housing complex." With over 1,400 households, an even larger number of doctorates, and more than 4,000 residents and growing, UCI’s University Hills poses unique challenges for development and the cultivation of community. Demographer Ken Chew explores the past, present, and future of this unusual neighborhood. University Hills is
Senior Project Manager Benny Vargas from SWCA reported that in 2014, the paleontological monitor at the University Hills Area 10-2 grading operation discovered bird feather fossils, which are an extremely rare and important scientific find. Of the 50 rock deposits in the entire world that have produced feather fossils, only 10 sites are from the
Southern California Edison and the Department of Energy Fund $80 Million Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration Project (ISGD). On August 13th, KNBC-TV Los Angeles broadcasted that Southern California Edison and the Department of Energy are funding an $80 million smart grid project aimed at “analyzing how renewable resources affect the power grid.” KNBC-TV reports that 22 homes
On October 11, 2010, ICHA maintenance personnel, Ruben and Frank, saw smoke pouring out from the roof vent of one of the buildings in the Las Lomas Apartments. They placed a call to the ICHA Rental Office, who then called the Fire Department. Ruben and Frank entered the ground floor unit and found an engulfed
During the summer of 2012, a resident of the Las Lomas Apartments discovered a wallet with €8,000 in cash inside. The resident brought the wallet to the ICHA offices where Vice President of Community Development Andrew Herndon contacted UC Irvine Police. The owner of the wallet was found and reunited with their wad of cash.