The Sacramento Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/1eG1rwq) the school was chosen this week in a national competition by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The two-year study to be led by the Davis Institute for Transportation Studies will look into ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by Americans' regular trips in cars, buses, trains and planes.
The researchers will also come up with ways to keep people moving when catastrophic climate events such as hurricanes occur.
Davis officials say the grant will boost their ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of driving Californians do daily.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com