2015

Student Environmental Resource Center -The Student Environmental Resource Center cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future. SERC’s vision is “Sustainability education for every UC Berkeley student”. Since 2012, SERC has provided over 35 paid internships; offered ten DeCals; hosted, co-sponsored, and attended over 100 sustainability focused workshops, trainings, career events, summits, and film screenings; provided sponsorship for UC Berkeley students to attend at national and regional events; publishes the SERC blog and Words of the Watershed Journal; coordinates the Environmental Coalition (ECO) and has coordinated UC Berkeley’s Annual Earth week. SERC also provides advising and support for the 40 environmental and sustainability registered student organizations and is the home of The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley’s campus green fund program, which also includes the Zero Waste Research Center and Nature Village. SERC strives to grow and enhance relationships with campus sustainability leadership and has also helped institutionalize sustainability within the Division of Student Affairs. 

Megan Maurino- Megan Maurino has helped build a community around water advocacy and conservation at UC Berkeley. She has been a student leader in helping the campus reach its sustainability goal of reducing potable water use to 10% below 2008 levels by 2020. Maurino has helped gather campus departments and student organizations to strategize conservation efforts for the drought; is the current Director of the current Berkeley Water Group Idea Lab, and has facilitated the DeCal “Thirst: Global Discourses on Water and Human Rights”, where she taught over 40 students in the course of a year. During the past two years as a Water Conservation Intern for Facilities Services, she has played a leadership role in creating infrastructural and system wide adaptations to water-scarcity. Maurino is the current Project Leader, of the TGIF funded project, “Low Water Irrigation”, where she helped modernize irrigation controllers and helped install 5 weather stations on campus that manipulate irrigation cycles according to climate parameters. Maurino’s work has localized water savings and  provided the campus with water efficient technology that will be sustained long after her time at UC Berkeley.

Supply Chain Management -The Supply Chain Management group at UC Berkeley has been working for several years to provide more tools to the campus to make better decisions about green purchasing.  Their efforts have ranged from researching new products to highlighting green products for buyers to focusing on waste reduction efforts. Where applicable, Supply Chain Management leverages the University’s purchasing power to target environmentally preferable products and services for volume-discounted pricing to make them cost-competitive with conventional products and services. This approach helps to encourage preferential purchases of such products including Energy Star equipment, recycled content products, and other third-party certified green items, along with providing some guidance to suppliers on minimizing packaging waste and developing take-back programs.

2014

Residential Sustainability Program – Their mission is to provide resources and introduce on-campus residents to the importance of cultivating sustainable lifestyles. Created approximately seven years ago to assist residential managers in developing sustainable environments within the residence halls, RSP uses paid and volunteer students to educate students on how to contribute to the creation of a sustainable environment on campus.  They also collaborate with various campus and departmental partners – for example, working with Cal Dining to experiment with a “Meatless Mondays” concept to raise awareness about factory farming and to promote a meatless diet for residents.  They are among the first to introduce new students to our sustainability programs and take that responsibility seriously.

UC Berkeley Public Affairs – As a group, Public Affairs has been a long time champion of sustainability. In fact, before there was a campus composting program, they had their own worm composting for food waste. However, in the past year, their commitment to increase the volume and quality of campus sustainability communications has been evident.  They have written numerous stories – including extensive coverage of the 10thanniversary of CACS – about operations and sustainability research being done on campus. They regularly include stories in the Berkeleyan, have sustainability and zero waste tags in the NewsCenter, and host the Berkeley Blog, which includes regular entries in the Energy & Environment category. 

Eli Perszyk – Eli is a model sustainability champion in his role as Facilities Manager for the College of Environmental Design and has proven to also be a mentor and educator for the student environmental leaders at UC Berkeley. If you search Eli’s name on the campus website, the results show exactly how involved he is in the full range of campus activities. He’s been a part of at least three Green Initiative Fund projects; he’s worked on hydration stations, energy competitions, and water meters; he works with student groups and advises classes; and he brought composting to Wurster Hall and piloted new indoor waste bins. Eli’s efforts -- which go far above and beyond his job description -- have promoted a culture of sustainability within Wurster Hall.

2013

Arpad Horvath, UC Berkeley Professor in the Engineering and Project Management Program and in the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Not only is Professor Horvath’s research advancing the understanding of climate impacts and engineering and teaching students about cutting edge methods, he has also been a contributor to campus sustainability efforts for the last ten years. Arpad was a founding faculty member on CACS and the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP). He continues to be a faculty leader in campus sustainability, engaging his students in campus efforts and providing expertise as the campus set its next greenhouse gas emissions target.

Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager. Kira has been a sustainability champion her entire career at Berkeley, first as the campus Transportation Planner and now in the Office of Sustainability. Kira has been an active member of CACS since the beginning and Co-Chaired the committee in 2011. She is both a big-picture thinker and detail-oriented, contributing to campus-wide initiatives while also producing results and accomplishments day-to-day. Some successes this award is recognizing her for include co-authoring Berkeley’s first bicycle plan and zero waste plan, managing Berkeley’s annual greenhouse gas inventory, producing the monthly Bright Green News, and mentoring countless students.

Monica Harnoto, UC Berkeley B.S. Environmental Sciences, spring 2013. Monica is never merely content with the status quo and constantly inspires and motivates colleagues to think of new and innovative ways to improve sustainability in Cal Dining. One of Monica’s most notable projects has been Chews to Reuse -- a reusable to-go container program in dining halls. Before Monica created this program, the residential dining halls provided patrons with compostable to-go containers made from sugarcane plant fibers. Starting out as a pilot, the program has now been expanded to all dining commons, in large part due to Monica’s strategic implementation ensuring the program was simple for students to use.

Nature Village, a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of University Village residents, students, staff, and campus sustainability groups that work together to promote sustainable living practices at the University Village. In its inaugural year Nature Village launched three programs including the Green Family Program –with 50 families participating in pilots for energy and water saving tools like low flow shower heads and racks for air drying clothes. In the long term, Nature Village seeks to create a replicable model for institutionalizing sustainability in student family residential units, particularly for the UC system and more broadly for universities in the U.S.

2012 

Cal Dining: Cal Dining is a sustainability leader and is being recognized this year for their newest achievement including receiving Marine Stewardship Council certification for their seafood purchases, establishing a new Sustainability Team, and hitting the 25 percent mark for their purchases of local, organic, or fair trade food. Team members include Charles Davies, Shawn LePean, Jenna Kingkade, Patrice Thomas and Lucky Vasquez

The Campbell Hall Team: A diverse team of campus students and staff came together with the shared goal of developing a process to divert from the landfill as much material as possible prior to demolishing Campbell Hall. In the end 17 tons of waste was diverted from landfills. Team members include Kimberly Lam, Lin King, Tasha Dowdakin, Jim Wert, Claire Porter, Allen Palmer.

Domenico Caramagno: Domenico has gone above and beyond the call of duty as building manager in Sutardja Dai Hall. He worked with Building Sustainability at Cal to quantify waste, energy, and water saving opportunities, and has installed a composting system that diverts two cubic yards of building waste per week from the landfill. Domenico is also involved in research on energy efficiency and demand response in the building.

Morwenna Rowe: Morwenna has been the Berkeley team lead for the Green Campus interns since her sophomore year. As part of her work with Green Campus, she co-facilitated multiple semesters of their 2-unit Energy Conservation and Efficiency DeCal. She also led many initiatives such as the McCone Hall lighting retrofit, the "Shut the Sash" fume hood competition, and a vending machine miser project.

Sruti Bharat: Sruti was a member of the Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator Program as a freshman and went on to work on the Building Sustainability at Cal project as an intern in Stanley Hall and then took over the next year and a half as intern coordinator. She also worked to help make CITRIS a Green Department.

2011 

Christopher Harvey The Director of Capital Projects for Residential Student Services Program's commitment to sustainable, forward-thinking planning has contributed significantly to UC Berkeley's leadership in the green building area and preceded the system-wide policy on Sustainable Practices now in effect. Residence Hall Units 1 & 2 infill project was the first building project on the Berkeley campus to be formally designed and constructed to LEED Silver standards.

Kimberly Lam currently holds two campus positions directly involved in reducing energy use and waste. With Green Campus, Kim currently leads a "laundry project" - that educates students to use cold water washing cycles to save energy, and co-teaches The Energy DeCal class where students learn about the impacts of our energy consumption and alternative energy technologies. Kim is also a student manager of ReUSE, where she expands the free material exchange program by adding additional stations on campus.

Rose Whitson As the student ASUC Sustainability Team Director, she has spearheaded educational and interactive events, provided guidance to sustainability student groups on ways to get started and expand, and she has been particularly involved in raising awareness about the environmental impacts of waste. Rose has been a leading voice in the "End the Sale of Bottled Water" initiative this Spring, and has organized public screenings of educational films to raise awareness about the environmental hazards surrounding bottled water and single-use plastics.

The Berkeley Student Food Collective With over 50 active members, the Collective provides fresh, healthy, sustainable, and ethically produced food at an affordable price to Berkeley students and the community. Opening last fall in a storefront on Bancroft, the collective offers fresh fruits and vegetables (most grown within 150 miles), stocks organic and bulk foods, and offers "real food" options close to campus. An additional goal is to educate people about the positive impacts they can make by choosing sustainable food. The Collective does this through a DeCal class and sustainability events.

2010 

Irene Seliverstov has proven her commitment to and passion for the environment and is a dedicated and enthusiastic leader. Her work is varied, including leading Building Sustainability at Cal for a year, piloting a paper towel composting program, and working with our water provider and campus plumbers to install hundreds of faucet aerators to reduce water usage. She is also working with custodial staff and building inhabitants to create a positive relationship that addresses issues of social sustainability.

Prof. Cris Benton has dedicated his accomplished career to the improvement of the energy and environmental performance of buildings, and truly "practices what he preaches." Cris teaches a course that has inspired the work of many students called the Secret Life of Buildings, served as a faculty advisor on the TGIF grant-making committee, and has been a leader in Wurster Hall - helping students and staff to bring real and innovative sustainability projects to the building, including a recent building energy dashboard. Cris' combination of technical knowledge and efforts to teach and produce actual results is a model for faculty involvement.

Rebecca Anderson, an Environmental Specialist in EH&S (Environment, Health & Safety), takes it upon herself to go beyond compliance and strives to help Cal achieve sustainability in its operations and to be an example for other institutions to follow. She is a founding member of University Hall's Sustainability Committee, is active in the campus effort to bring LEED certification to existing buildings, works with Building Sustainability at Cal students, and founded the Green Building Working Group. Rebecca brings enthusiasm and expertise to whatever she does and energizes others to take action.

The "I Heart Tap Water" Campaign is a partnership between Cal Dining, Recreational Sports, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), and University Health Services to promote the drinking of tap water as the preferred beverage of choice - for the environment and for health reasons. The Campaign educates the campus through a website, Facebook, posters, and an on-line pledge to make a difference. Key to the success of I Heart Tap Water was the testing of over 450 water fountains to allay concerns about water quality. The group's efforts have so far reduced campus usage of plastic water bottles by at least 25%.

2009 

Kameron Kitajima (student) has been a role model of the student sustainability effort. He started out as a Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator and expanded his influence ever since. He played a pivotal role in the success of the Green Campus Program, was a facilitator for the ERG 98/198 DeCal class, and was a participant in the Building Sustainability at Cal project. Kameron has contributed to the mission of the university by integrating sustainability efforts in education, in operations, and in public service.

Professor Dan Kammen (faculty) is a tireless advocate of sustainability, renewable energy, and progressive solutions at the local, state, national, and international levels. His research makes him a nationally-recognized expert, yet he maintains an active role as a teacher and an advocate for a more sustainable campus. Dan is the founding director of The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Professor Kammen teaches multiple classes with a sustainability focus and advises a large number of graduate students, who work on projects ranging from municipal financing for clean energy to biofuels in Brazil to national climate policy. Dan is also an active member of the CalCAP Steering Committee and actively engaged in increasing campus sustainability.

Theron Klos (staff) is the Grounds Operation Manager and has implemented a successful sheet mulching program as a sustainable method for weed suppression on the UC Berkeley campus. He also volunteers on weekends to introduce this practice to various interested community groups. He has been instrumental in making the Strawberry Creek Restoration Project a success by helping with volunteer events and providing gloves, tools, and green waste bins - often responding to last minute requests. Theron has also been very responsive to conservation efforts to reduce the use of water and fuel use in his operations. Theron is an advocate for sustainability efforts across both workplace and personal spectrums.

Building Sustainability at Cal ( Group Award) The Building Sustainability at Cal Program – a student initiated and run program - trains students to help reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings by educating building inhabitants and identifying structural and operational changes that can be made to buildings and campus operations. The program started in May 2007 with one student in one building and has expanded to 40 students working in 23 buildings and 4 campus-wide projects. A pilot program has also taken the campus activities out into the community by working in the Berkeley Civic Center building. In addition to greening the campus, this program is training a generation of people who have the knowledge and expertise to be able to evaluate the environmental impact of existing buildings, whether they use it in their personal or professional life.

Judy Chess (Special Recognition Award) Judy Chess, a campus staff member, served as CACS co-chair for over a year and helped to institutionalize CACS activities into on-going practices of campus operations. Her leadership helped CACS conceive, design and develop the Cal Climate Action Partnership that led to the campus setting its first greenhouse gas reduction goal. She continues to act as CACS budget coordinator and regularly volunteers for subcommittee work. Judy also lends her support and guidance to the Building Sustainability at Cal program and regularly guest teaches classes on green building and sustainability efforts on campus and beyond. Judy works to incorporate sustainability into the fabric of university, from policy - by incorporating green aspects into many facets of the campus design standards, to practice - choosing to ride her bike to work. This award is in acknowledgement of her extensive and ongoing contributions to making this campus a more sustainable place.

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2008 

Laura Moreno (student) has taken an active role in sustainability on campus from the very beginning as a freshman when she volunteered as a Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator and has expanded her influence ever since. She was a founding member of the Green Room Committee and the Building Sustainability at Cal Program. Laura has served as the Green Classroom Intern and the first Sustainability Coordinator of Stanley Hall, CACS intern and now CACS co-chair. Several of the projects Laura initiated spread to other areas of campus, further perpetuating all the associated benefits. Laura has had a deep and extensive impact on sustainability on campus and greatly deserves this recognition.

Ashok Gadgil (faculty) is a Senior Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and also an Adjunct Faculty member with the UC Berkeley Energy & Resources Group (ERG). His approach and devotion to mentoring students and fostering a forward-thinking and collaborative mindset when tackling sustainability and equity issues is exemplary. Professor Gadgil teaches from his own personal experiences working on sustainability-related projects in developing nations and brings the lessons he learned directly into the classroom. He advocates a mindset that long-term planning requires an understanding of the community that is being served and encourages his students to adapt their technological research to this concept.

Tim Pine (staff) is an Environmental Specialist at the Office of Environment, Health & Tim has made significant contributions to campus sustainability in a number of different areas. He was instrumental in bringing biodiesel to the campus garbage trucks, he initiated a pilot program for bicycle use in the EH&S department to reduce gas vehicle use, he was the lead organizer for the first campus Alternative Transportation Fair, and he has dedicated significant time and expertise to restoring natural areas on campus by working with student volunteer groups. The range of Tim's contributions in meshing sustainability and public service goals within the framework of existing programs, making him a well deserving recipient of this award.

TGIF Grant Making Committee (group): The eight-person Grant Making Committee of the Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. It was created to administer the grants made possible by the $175,000 of annual funds generated by the $5 student fee referendum. This committee strengthens the sustainability dialogue across different constituencies on campus and each member of the team contributes a unique perspective and expertise as the team works to select the most promising grant proposals. In this critical first year, the committee did an amazing job of publicizing the grant opportunity, making classroom announcements, building e-mail lists, hosting info sessions, and spreading the word via their peers. Their work paid off as 28 grant proposals totaling over $1.2 million were received. In parallel with managing the grant-making process this year, TGIF's team also had to develop all other processes and necessary parts of its organizational infrastructure. This energetic group has have paved the way for TGIF to make great contributions to campus greening for years to come.

2007 

Edward Arens, Professor of Architecture, for "his leadership in sustainable design and development." Arens, who directs the Center for Environmental Design Research and the Center for the Built Environment, was recognized for integrating the topic of environmental sustainability in all of his building-design teachings.

Paul Black, a utility-engineering manager in Physical Plant - Campus Services, for his long-term dedication to energy conservation and his role as a leader in the Energy Intern program. Black has played a key role in many of the campus's energy-conservation projects: lighting retrofits, steam-trap replacement, and testing building efficiency.

Rebecca Jones, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, for her efforts in solar-cell research and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), as well as her work with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in China. At Berkeley, Jones researches new materials for solar-cell production. She has also co-founded the campaign to create The Green Initiative Fund here. Pending approval from the chancellor and the Regents, this modest student fee will generate $200,000 annually for sustainability projects over 10 years. As a 2004 fellow in China, Jones worked on a project to make solar-powered flashlights available to rural communities that would otherwise rely on highly polluting, unhealthy diesel torches.

The students behind Berkeley Green Campus -- Desirae Early, Vi Do, Jessica Huang, and Kameron Kitajima -- for their dedication to campus education and leadership in energy-conservation projects. Berkeley Green Campus's energy-education efforts include outreach to residence-hall staff as well as a DeCal course, Energy 101 (award winning), which provides students the opportunity to participate in a variety of campus projects. The group has also worked in the dorms to replace light bulbs with the compact-fluorescent variety and to create excitement about resource conservation through energy competitions.

Chancellor Birgeneau received a special recognition for his leadership in sustainability, and for making the commitment not only to act locally but to work globally as well.

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2006 

Sustainability awards were given to the following five groups:

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2005 

Lisa Bauer, manager of Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, called the "driving force behind sustainability at UC Berkeley”.  Lisa has worked relentlessly over the years," the citation read, "to bring UCB to the forefront on all sustainable issues ... going way above and beyond ... to rally everyone’s abilities and enthusiasm to make significant, positive, and lasting changes."

Cal Dining staff team, for its work to gain Green Business certification at Crossroads and Clark Kerr dining facilities. The facilities compost food waste (60 tons a year), recycle food packaging (350 tons a year), offer discounts for use of reusable mugs, and use biodegradable containers and unbleached napkins. (Update: The Crossroads facility since became the first Organic Certified dining hall in the country. CCOF - California Certified Organic Farmers)

Bill Berry, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, for "exploring environmental issues with generations of Berkeley students." Berry was honored for "giving students the tools and inspiration to think about problems from a sustainability standpoint and fostering a culture of sustainability and forward-thinking design."

Mezies Chen, a December 2004 graduate of the College of Engineering, who worked with Parking and Transportation to implement a system to provide real-time information on the location of campus shuttle buses.

The ASUC Sustainability Team, for its work to advance the student government's work on such issues as energy use and food and paper waste.

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