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April 29, 2016

On Wednesday April 27, 2016, the Student Environmental Resource Center’s (SERC) dream of a physical center on the UC Berkeley campus became its future. The ASUC Senate approved an allocation of 1350 sq. ft for SERC space in the MLK Jr. Student Union Basement through the year 2050. Space for SERC has been the focus since its founding in 2012 by students Mauricio Castillo, Nolan Pack, and Noah Puni, who transferred to UC Berkeley and developed a vision for an innovation and resource center for the student environmental and sustainability community. Now, that vision is a reality, and the Center will be a place for our community to combine imagination and intellect, values and passion, all towards growing a world that is more sustainable, just, equitable, healthy and resilient for all.

April 26, 2016

Are you passionate about food security, access, and education? Funding is available to help support your work! The UC Global Food Initiative is offering 4 fellowships of $4,000 each to outstanding UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The four fellowships are Equity and Inclusion, Experiential Learning, Food Access and Security, and Student Ambassador.

April 7, 2016

Berkeley News

Four years into a record-breaking drought, work crews have spent the past months replacing selected grass lawns on the UC Berkeley campus with mulched beds and regionally appropriate, drought-tolerant plantings.

In conjunction with UC Berkeley’s commitment to sustainability and green design, and support from The Green Initiative Fund, Building Sustainability @ Cal (BS@C) is proud to be working with the Division of Real Estate to create a program that promotes sustainable building on campus. BS@C’s program trains student interns with the goal of reducing the environmental footprint of buildings on the UC Berkeley campus.

March 27, 2016

UC Berkeley won two 2016 Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards: Jacobs Hall for Energy Efficiency in Construction/Renovation, and Brown's for Sustainable Food Systems. The Best Practice Awards are selected from campuses in the University of California and California State University systems by the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference. More information about the Best Practice Awards program can be viewed

March 15, 2016

Record-setting warmer temperatures are becoming the norm across the planet, and sea-level rise poses a real threat to humanity. What are your solutions?

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March 14, 2016

March 2, 2016

Interested in applying concepts of sustainability into one of your courses? Want to learn about teaching sustainability and campus resources to help? Want $1000 to help with incorporating sustainability into your teaching? Apply to participate in the Faculty Curriculum Sustainability Workshop!

What: Faculty Curriculum Sustainability Workshop

When: 10am - 4pm, Thursday, May 5, 2016 

Where: Room 330 Blum Center 

February 26, 2016

To formally recognize contributions of those helping the campus to meet its sustainability goals, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) annually provides awards to faculty, staff, and students that have done outstanding work. The campus community is indebted to the hard work of students, staff, and faculty making Berkeley a more sustainable place to work, live, and play. Nominations can be made for groups or individuals and are open to the entire Cal community.

February 2, 2016

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.
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.

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

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.

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