CACS Initiatives


Sustainability Summit poster sessionOver the years, CACS has undertaken several major initiatives aimed at increasing the sustainability of the UC Berkeley campus.  These projects have been crucial milestones for the campus and are frequently cited as examples of our progress and accomplishments.

These initiatives include:

  • In 2011, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) hired a student intern Kimberly Lam to work with the Office of Sustainability and Energy and Campus Recycling and Refuse Services (CRRS) to review current waste disposal practices and identify the challenges and opportunities available to the campus to reach zero waste by 2020. Click to see the executive summary of the research and CACS Zero Waste Presentation.
  • Finalized Water Report In 2009 and 2010, CACS undertook water. In order to address California's fourth consecutive year of drought, the State of California has issued a state of emergency, passed water conservation legislation, and ordered immediate action to mitigate a potential water shortage crisis. In response, CACS commissioned a report to better understand baseline water consumption and identify areas of opportunities for water conservation with a focus on domestic and industrial use of potable water in campus buildings. Learn more about campus water use and initiatives in the Final Campus Water Usage and Conservation Report and Water Report Presentation.
  • A Sustainable Water Plan for UC Berkeley:  In 2005, one of the graduate students who was instrumental in the creation of the Campus Sustainability Assessment authored an expanded Professional Report on campus water use.  

"Learn It, Live It" Sustainability Series

The CACS Programming subcommittee runs this events series in order to promote and enhance sustainability among the campus community. Events thus far include:

  • February 6, 2013 - "Climate Change: Our New Reality" - Flyer

    Putting aside politics and taking a hard look at what's really going on with our world's climate this talk and discussion covered:

    What is the science telling us? What is our new reality? How do we talk about it? What can people do?

    Join the Cal Climate Action Partnership and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability for this presentation by The Climate Reality Project (the global initiative founded by former Vice President Al Gore) and the Alliance for Climate Education(the national leader in youth climate education).

    Presenter: Wen Lee has years of experience as an environmental educator and speaker. She is a presenter at the Alliance for Climate Education, and was trained by former Vice President Al Gore in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. In 2012, she presented to over 23,000 youth all over the Bay Area.   

  • March 6, 2012 - "Sustainability Transformation in German Villages and Districts" by Professor Peter Schmuck. Download the event poster. Learn more about Professor Schmuck's work.
  • October 26, 2011 - "This Is Your Brain On Fossil Fuel - Neurosciences Insights into Sustainable Behavior" Lecture by Senior Lecturer, David Presti - See his related blog.
  • March 29, 2011 - Screening The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green - Flyer  
  • March 16, 2011 - "Consumers & Sustainability: Can Transparency in the Marketplace Advance Sustainable Behaviors?" Lecture by Dara O'Rourke - Flyer PDF iconORourke_Poster.pdf
  • November 19, 2010 - Ivy Pull at Strawberry Creek - Flyer 
    Students had fun pulling ivy, picking up trash, and making our creek beautiful.
  • October 20, 2010 - "Understanding and Influencing Sustainable Behaviors: Promoting energy conservation, recycling, and alternative transportation." Lecture by Joan Walker - Flyer - Slides 
    70 people attended to learn what drives people to behave in sustainable ways, what policies can be enacted to promote more sustainable behavior, and how we can determine what policies are most effective.
  • September 28, 2010 - Celebration of CED and Ramona's New Composting Program - Flyer 
    Students came together to sip coffee using Ramona's new compostables while mingling with representatives from a variety of campus sustainability groups.