November 19, 2015

Ben Taube, a 4th year Sustainable Environmental Design major, inspired Cal Band to join the Cool Campus Challenge “as part of an existing initiative of Cal Band going green”. Though their love of “a little friendly competition” may have helped them become the #1 team at UCB,  their even larger commitment to sustainability shines through in many of their practices.

Berkeley staff members Anne Stinson and Barbara Evans - coworkers,  office mates in the A&E Building for 20+ years, and Cool UCB Real Estate Team Members - share how they lower their carbon footprint on campus, at home, and in the commute in between. Both Anne and Barbara are translating their passion for carbon neutrality into leadership in the Cool Campus Challenge

November 10, 2015

On Saturday, November 14th UC Berkeley will not only be competing on the football field against Oregon State, but also against other universities across the nation in the Gameday Recycling Challenge and the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl! These two challenges are a friendly and spirited way for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games. Each campus participating selects one of their home games to use as their competition game.

Green Department certification recognizes campus departments and events that have taken extra steps to be more sustainable. The program identifies a set of conditions and actions - some optional and some required - that can be followed in order to be certified. Some of these actions include purchasing and transportation and qualify as points for categories such as waste reduction and energy savings.

November 4, 2015

Fun events are planned from November 16-20 to celebrate Zero Waste Week. Events include discussions on composting and meeting the Campus Refuse and Recycling Team, with giveaways of readers and reusable bags.

November 3, 2015

This executive summary of the full report, Bending the Curve: 10 scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability, presents pragmatic paths for achieving carbon neutrality and climate stability in California, the United States and the world. More than 50 researchers and scholars — from a wide range of disciplines across the University of California system — formed a climate solutions group and came together in recent months to identify these solutions, many of which emerge from UC research as well as the research of colleagues around the world.

October 29, 2015

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review reports green ratings for 804 Colleges for 2016- and UC Berkeley makes the top 24!

The company tallied the ratings for colleges this year based on 2014-2015 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.  Scores were based on data obtained in a 2014-2015 survey asking:

October 21, 2015

UC Newsroom
California Gov. Jerry Brown, University of California President Janet Napolitano, politicians, industry leaders and UC’s top climate experts are descending on San Diego at the end of October with a shared sense of urgency. The goal: to emerge with a practical and scalable blueprint for tackling climate change that can be applied to California and the world.

October 20, 2015

Climate disruption and fun — two words you have probably never heard together - until the Cool Campus Challenge launched earlier this month.

Congratulations to Mika Sebastian for winning a $50 gift certificate to the Berkeley Student Food Collective! Mika is a first-year Integrative Biology major who enjoys walking through the redwood groves on campus. While she has yet to visit the BSFC, she is excited to try out their locally-sourced and sustainably-produced foods.

October 13, 2015

Happy October, Cal bicyclists! 

Here's a mid-semester update on the various bike-related projects happening around the campus.

September 4, 2015

This year Berkeley will install 1MW of Solar PV                                 

Installations are underway at five campus sites.

September 1, 2015

The campus Energy Incentive Program and myPower dashboard were designed to help raise awareness of energy use in our buildings. Earlier this summer it had a chance to do just that with the help of Cory Welch (pictured to the right) – a building manager who happened to be observing the electricity use profile of his Gardner Stacks and Bancroft Library. Welch, who started in his position a little over 6 months ago, relied on the energy data feedback to understand how well the largest complex of buildings on campus are doing on a daily basis. According to Welch, “the energy dashboard tool and daily efficiency feedback helped me better understand the energy patterns and usage in our buildings.”

August 30, 2015

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), located within the College of Natural Resources, has recently achieved Green Certification through the Office of Sustainability and Energy's Green Department Certification Program. This program highlights the efforts of campus departments that have taken extensive and innovative steps towards becoming more sustainable through providing documentation on specific criteria that they meet.

August 28, 2015

The Faculty Climate Action Champion Program will honor one Berkeley faculty member for outstanding teaching, research, and public service in the areas of climate change solutions, action, and broad engagement.  This award will also provide the Champion with $25,000 to develop, improve, transform, and expand this teaching and research work in an interdisciplinary manner over the course of the tenure period.

August 27, 2015

Fall 2015 Campus Biking Updates

Welcome back, Campus Bike Riders! Hopefully, you had a fantastic summer and took advantage of the less-than-overcast weather to do some extra riding. To kick off the 2015-16 academic year, here’s an update on several exciting bike-related things that have been happening around the campus.

August 24, 2015

On July 20th, the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellows attended the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference to present their projects and research. These students are the first cohort awarded this fellowship, which was created to promote research dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of the UC campuses and their surrounding communities. Two years ago, UC President Janet Napolitano created an intitative that required all UC campuses to be carbon neutral from building energy use and fleet by 2025.

August 11, 2015

Berkeley excels in many higher education rankings and can now add another high score:  Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranked UC Berkeley in the Top 10 of its recently released ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities.

July 6, 2015

UC Berkeley won the first ever Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge put on by the Green Sports Alliance, an organization consisting of over 300 teams, leagues, and venues. The GSA is committed to promoting sustainability through the platform of sports. Lin King, Recycling and Refuse Manager and Katherine Walsh, Director of the Student Environmental Resource Center accepted the award at the Green Sports Summit in Chicago. Read more here.

July 2, 2015

In 2013, UC President Janet Napolitano announced plans for the entire University of California system to achieve carbon neutrality of buildings and vehicle fleets by 2025. In order to help achieve this zero net energy goal, the Office of the President has created a fellowship program to help make an action plan and provide channels for communication among the 10 UC campuses and associated facilities. Several UC Berkeley students have been working on various aspects of the carbon neutrality initiative.