February 2, 2016

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) and host campus, California State University, Fullerton, invite you to submit a proposal to speak, nominate a campus for an award, or present a poster at this year's conference! CHESC highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. This unique event is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California, creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions.

In its third year, the energy management initiative continues to reduce energy use and costs.  This success is driven by actions small and large, from all across campus.  Through the energy incentive program – which tracks and rewards savings by campus operating units – the team has seen all units adopt energy-efficient practices.

Last fall students, staff, and faculty across the UC system took action in the Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) to reduce their carbon footprint in response to the pressing global issues of climate disruption and to help UC meet its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025. At Berkeley 1,750 faculty, staff and students joined the challenge! Our collective actions will reduce 1,021,720 million of pounds of carbon emissions each year. Berkeley had particularly high involvement of teams based on campus departments and organizations, and nominations of climate heroes.

January 9, 2016

Do you know a staff member who has had a significant positive impact on sustainability or other areas of the UC Berkeley campus community? Recognize their efforts and nominate them for the 2016 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards.  The Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) is one of the highest honors for staff at UC Berkeley.

This award recognizes staff who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in at least two of the following areas:

January 7, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for The Green Initiative Fund's Spring Grant Program. The spring grant program gives preference to larger and more complex projects. Applicants must first submit an abstract form by one of two possible deadlines, January 29, 2016 by 5pm OR February 26, 2016 by 5pm, before they are invited by the TGIF Committee to submit a Final Application by 5pm on April 1, 2016. Not all abstract submissions will be invited to Stage 2.

December 18, 2015

UC Newsroom

Who gets to claim the title of the University of California’s coolest campus? After 10 weeks of competition in the first ever Cool Campus Challenge, UC Irvine emerged victorious after a tight race to the finish.

December 1, 2015

Claire Kaufman, a UC Berkeley senior studying Environmental Economics and Policy, inspires staff, students, and faculty to become aware of their power. When it comes to carbon neutrality, “I was very inspired by the groundbreaking leadership role the University of California has taken” Kaufman explains.

November 19, 2015

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.”