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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

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.