The 2012 9th Annual Sustainability Summit
The 9th annual summit drew a crowd - highlights of the event included the project poster session highlighting 30 campus sustainability initiatives and Chancellor Birgeneau's remarks and announcement of this year's sustainability awardees and grant recipients. A Cal Alumni panel of women now working in sustainability fields closed the summit with a thought provoking discussion on their career paths and future opportunities in the green workforce.
2012 Sustainability Summit - Chancellor Birgneau's Remarks
2012 Sustainability Summit - Cal Alumni Career Panel
News Coverage on the Summit
CACS and TGIF Project Posters
Awardees and grant recipients
The 2011 8th Annual Sustainability Summit
Featuring the Chancellor and Keynote Address with Dr. Peter Gleick.
This year's summit began with a poster session displaying various sustainability projects funded by the CACS Green Fund Grant program and The Green Initiative Fund. Short presentations followed, highlighting sustainability achievements and efforts on campus. Then, Chancellor Birgeneau not only announced presented grants and awards, but proposed the campus' first water reduction goal. Dr. Peter Gleick president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute and UC Berkeley Alum will provide the keynote address: “The Business of Water: Moving from a Commodity to a Human Right.” Dr. Gleick then offered a book signing for Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.
2010 - 7th Annual Sustainability Summit
The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit, sponsored by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, covered it all - bottled water, native plants, composting, local and organic food, and was fun and informative at the same time. The Chancellor spoke about the importance of clean and accessible water and about recent research on how the campus uses water, while a panel of students and administrators answered a wide range of questions from the audience. Students and staff also shared information on their sustainability projects through a well-received poster session. The final event gave about 500 people the chance to see an advanced screening of Disneynature's "Oceans."
Click here for a photo slideshow of the Summit.
Chancellor Birgeneau's Remarks
Campus Sustainability Panel
2009 - 6th Annual Sustainability Summit
The 6th Annual Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Summit was held on Earth Day in the International House. The theme, Green: The Color of Change, focused on informing, inspiring, and engaging members of the Cal Community. This year’s Sustainability Summit was also the first certified Green Event on Campus.
The event began with a poster session displaying various projects funded by the CACS Green Fund Grant program. Additionally, groups supported by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) were displayed. Attendees learned about the goals of each project and how they were making the campus increasingly sustainable.
Next, Chancellor Birgeneau warmly welcomed attendees to the Sustainability Summit and restated his commitment to "greening" Cal’s campus. In recognition those who have led campus sustainability initiatives, Chancellor Birgeneau presented the annual Sustainability Awards to Kameron Kitajima, Theron Klos, Dan Kammen, and Building Sustainability at Cal. He also presented Judy Chess with a special recognition award for her continued contributions to CACS. Lastly, he gave the first two Green Department Awards to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Residential and Student Services Program.
Chancellor Birgeneau’s speech was followed by encouraging words from Ian Kim of the Ella Baker Center. Under the theme of "The Future of Green Policy", he spoke of how social change begins in the individual and how sustainable policies are becoming ever recognized across the nation.
The six break-out sessions were divided into two sessions with three different topics:
Regional and Campus Collaborations
- Regional Partnerships to Promote Green Economic Development: The Green Corridor Partnership
- How Will We Meet Our CalCAP Goal?
- California’s Next Major Challenge
- What Can UC Berkeley do to Reduce Water Consumption?
- How to Reduce Your Footprint
- Creating a Sustainable Food Policy
After the event, the Department of Environment, Health & Safety held a Strawberry Creek Clean-Up on campus. Participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand how sustainability in the community begins with the individual.
Check out photos of the 2009 Sustainability Summit.
2008 - 5th Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
The 2008 Sustainability Summit kicked off with a poster session providing various sustainability related groups the opportunity to share what they have been doing during the year. The traditional ceremony followed with a video taped message from Chancellor Birgeneau, short presentations by CACS interns, and emceed by the first Sustainability Director at UC Berkeley, Lisa McNeilly. A slide show of sustainability related photographs was also featured.
Ten break out sessions on topics from waste to climate change to meeting the Sustainability Director focused on empowering individuals to make small changes to be more sustainable. For lunch, key note speaker Michel Gelobter talked about social justice over organic and locally grown food catered by Cafe de la Paz. The Sustainability Awards were also announced.
2007 - 4th Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
Topping the bill of the Sustainability Summit was the Chancellor's presentation of the campus' greenhouse-gas emissions reduction target, based on the work of Cal’s Climate Action Partnership. A poster session and a campus sustainability tour were also features of the summit.
Check out coverage of the Summit in the Berkeleyan:
Greenhouse-gas emissions: How low can we go?
2006 - 3rd Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
In addition to the announcement of the 2006 Green Fund Grants and Sustainability Awards, CACS unveiled plans for the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) - a major initiative intended to gather information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all sectors of campus.
2005 – 2nd Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
The main focus of the day was the official presentation of Cal's first Campus Sustainability Assessment to Chancellor Birgeneau. CACS and the Chancellor also presented the 2005 Green Fund Grants and Campus Sustainability Awards.
2004 – 1st Annual CACS Sustainability Summit
2004 was the first of UC Berkeley’s Sustainability Summits. Tim Duane, associate professor of Landscape Architecture, stated that the main purposes of the summit were to survey the campus sustainability landscape, to chart the paths ahead and define where we want to go next. Chancellor Berdahl participated in the summit and provided opening and closing remarks.