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October 16, 2014

You can now view and download the IARU's Green Guide for Universities.

October 14, 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words! During the “Getting Your Bearings” tabling event 2014, we asked students to share with us ways they are living sustainable lives. Aside from striking a pose, students are engaging the campus community in a multimedia dialogue about the importance of leading sustainable lifestyles via our Instagram page!

October 13, 2014

  Article by: Amy Craik

Passionate and eager student sustainability leaders gathered on September 17 for UC Berkeley’s Office of Sustainability and Energy Annual Fall Forum. This year’s forum was revamped to connect environmental student leaders to sustainability resources in hopes of facilitating collaboration, communication, and awareness on upcoming projects and events.

October 9, 2014

October 7, 2014

UHS Green TeamThe Office of Sustainability and Energy is excited to announce the latest member of the green department family to recertify their efforts: the University Health Services (UHS) – Tang Center. Originally certified in 2012, the UHS Tang Center has spent the past two years focusing their environmental efforts on waste and energy reduction.

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

The Dow Chemical Company and Center for Responsible Business (CRB) at the Haas School of Business are proud to bring the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) to UC Berkeley for the fifth year.  SISCA  recognizes  and  rewards  students  for  their  innovation  and  research  in  sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems.  SISCA competitions are held at seventeen top universities around the world, with grand prize and runner-up winn

September 26, 2014

Did you know that in the U.S., toilet flushing is the single highest use of water in the average home? While newer, efficient toilets use closer to one and a half gallons of water per flush, older models can use up to seven gallons.

September 2, 2014

Article by Amy Fudenberg

Did you know that since February, the campus has reduced water use by ten percent? For an array of useful tips on how to save water on campus and at home and for more information on what UC Berkeley is doing to conserve water, visit the campus drought alert page here. 

August 28, 2014

The start of the school year is the perfect time for new and returning students alike to become engaged in campus sustainability. Learn about the different environmental organizations and initiatives at UC Berkeley by attending these upcoming events. 

August 23, 2014

Interested in learning more about what is causing California's drought? A four miles high, 2,000 miles long high-pressure ridge is pushing rain north and preventing it from reaching California. No one knows exactly what is causing such an unusual ridge, and this ridge is even worse than the one which contributed to the 1976-1977 drought.

August 5, 2014

UC Berkeley has been awarded the 2014 APPA Effective & Innovative Practices Award for its submission "Providing Financial Incentives to Promote Energy Conservation by Building Occupants". As one of the five schools selected, UC Berkeley received a $4,000 cash award sponsored by Sodexo.

July 16, 2014

Have you noticed brighter, better quality light in buildings throughout campus, or lights that turn on once you enter a room? These are all due to projects undertaken to reduce energy usage on campus as part of the Strategic Energy Plan, which saves the campus millions in energy costs.

July 1, 2014

UC NewsRoom

By Alec Rosenberg, UC Newsroom

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alice Waters and Janet Napolitano

Credit: Robert Durell.  UC President Janet Napolitano (right) tours the Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School with founder and restaurateur Alice Waters.

June 18, 2014

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

When they woke at the base of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 30-foot-high kelp forest Saturday morning — under the watchful gaze of leopard sharks, red octopuses and dozens of other marine species — four students and alums at UC Berkeley’s School of Information knew they faced no ordinary programming challenge.

May 29, 2014

Daily Cal

UC Berkeley was announced Wednesday as the recipient of a $1.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct research measuring household combustion created by cooking, heating and lighting.

Through the grant, UC Berkeley researchers plan to measure how cooking with stoves contributes to outdoor air pollution and to introduce cleaner alternatives for developing countries suffering from cookstove pollution. Led by campus environmental health sciences professor Kirk Smith, who is serving as the principal investigator on this project, the team of researchers plan to conduct fieldwork in a largely agricultural and rural community south of Delhi, India, to study the impacts of cookstove pollution.

May 12, 2014

UC Berkeley's Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) has been recognized for its leadership in climate action - for meeting its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and for the strategies that brought this success including student and faculty engagement, innovative planning, broad partnerships, financial investment, and the institutionalization of carbon reducing strategies throughout the organization.

April 25, 2014

April 24, 2014

East Bay Bicycle Coalition

April 23, 2014

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

It’s finally decided: UC Berkeley has successfully defended its title in the national collegiate waste-diversion competition, Recyclemania. The campus received official word this week that, for the second year in a row, the Bears took first place in the national “Game Day” competition, with a waste-diversion rate of 93 percent at its March 8 men’s basketball home game against University of Colorado Boulder (which Cal won 66-65).