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March 16, 2015

Article by Amy Craik

Sustainability is all around us- it can be a hobby, passion, major, career, or any combination. For me, sustainability is something I have the opportunity to explore in the classroom and practice in my community. As the Vice President of Sustainability for the Panhellenic Executive Council, my community happens to be thirteen chapter houses and two associate chapters consisting of over 1500 campus women. I have the unique opportunity to guide the sustainable advancement of these women and their Panhellenic organizations.

March 3, 2015

On Sunday, March 1st, not only did the California Golden Bears Men’s Basketball team challenge Oregon State on the court, winning 73 to 56, but also tried defending their title in the national Recyclemania Game Day Challenge and the new Pac-12 “Road to Zero Waste” competition! UC Berkeley has won in the waste diversion category for the past two years in a row!

February 10, 2015

Conference Dates: July 20th-24th, 2015 (with core sessions on July 21st and 22nd)

Speaking and Poster Proposals Due: March 1st, 2015 (11:59pm)

Best Practice Awards: Call for Proposals for Award Applications is Not Yet Available

Following a web conference with the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability and Energy a year ago, the Alameda County Sustainability team has developed a green and healthy events certification program. This program was inspired by UC Berkeley's own Green Event Certification program.

UC Berkeley Operational Excellence

Gracing the College of Engineering this year are new energy-efficient lighting, fans, irrigation systems and solar panels – tangible improvements made possible through the College’s reduced energy consumption. The College received $134,000 in incentive payments in early 2014, and another $125,600 in January 2015, through the Energy Incentive Program, part of the Energy Management Initiative, an Operational Excellence project. The innovative program gives campus departments a financial incentive to save energy.

February 9, 2015

Yes, it rained a lot these last few days.  Unfortunately, while rainfall is up, the amount of snow in the Sierras still lags as do the water levels in our reservoirs.  The snowpack matters beca

Berkeley recently finalized the latest Sustainability Report, showing our progress towards our goals and becoming a more sustainable campus.   

The Energy Office has been working diligently with campus departments to reduce energy use through various channels, including the Energy Incentive Program (EIP) and through supporting technical work in building systems, since the establishment of the Energy Management Initiative (EMI). Collectively, their efforts have been remarkable in reducing campus energy use, but none other has been more successful in a short period of time than the holiday curtailment shutdown.

February 6, 2015

Job Title: UC President’s Student Carbon Neutrality Engagement and Communications Fellow – Berkeley Campus

The University of California recently created the President’s Carbon Neutrality Student Fellowship/Internship Program to support UC’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.

January 28, 2015

Kicking off the spring semester on a green note, the Berkeley Sustainability Community held its first Community of Practice meeting last Friday to discuss and create goals for the upcoming year. Fostered by the Office of Sustainability and Energy, the Community of Practice’s main focus is for “people who share a concern or a passion for something they do [to] learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger-Traynor).

December 10, 2014

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is now accepting applications for projects under its new Innovation Grant program.  CACS has been supporting campus sustainability work through grants and internships since 2006, to further the committee’s goal to promote environmental management and sustainable development at UC Berkeley. The new Innovation Grant program combines the Green Fund Grant and the CACS Internship programs, giving recipients greater flexibility to implement innovative projects or research, either on campus or to the benefit of the broader campus communi

December 9, 2014

Did you know that during last year’s winter curtailment, UC Berkeley saved 711,000 kWh of electricity – approximately enough to power 64 households for one month - and 49,800 therms of steam, for cost savings to the campus of approximately $113,000?

UC Berkeley’s Energy Incentive Program (EIP) is a key part of the Energy Management Initiative. Prior to the EIP, campus Operating Units (OUs) had no direct financial incentive to implement energy-saving measures. The EIP established a baseline for each building based on 2010-2011 electricity use.  Units that are below their baseline receive payments, while OUs which exceed their baseline will be asked to pay the difference. Now, thanks to the EIP, campus OUs have a significant incentive to reduce energy use.

November 21, 2014

It has been a busy and exciting fall for myPower at Berkeley. From social media outreach to adding more live Pulse energy dashboards online to spreading turn-off-the-light stickers through campus, myPower has continued to help empower UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty to take action and reduce energy use. The past few months, myPower has completed energy surveys in numerous campus buildings and offices, including the Energy Biosciences Building, the Office of Legal Affairs, and Mulford Hall, and has worked with building occupants to identify new ways to save energy.

November 20, 2014

The Office of Sustainability and Energy (OSE), Residential Sustainability Program (RSP) and PowerSave Green Campus (PGC) invite you to engage in a multimedia presentation on climate change and climate action given by ACE (Alliance for Climate Education).

Why Attend? Young people – YOU - have the most to lose when it comes to climate change, and the most to gain by fighting it. ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) helps you take control of your future. Be the change!

When: December 3, 2014, 6-7pm

October 30, 2014

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

By Carol Ness, NewsCenter

UC Berkeley celebrated international Food Day 2014 by going super-local, no mean feat for such a big campus. On Friday night, dinners served in all Cal Dining cafes were made almost entirely from foods grown, produced or milled within 260 miles.

October 29, 2014

Article by Ben Rushakoff

October 23, 2014