Welcome to UC Berkeley's Office of Sustainability
The UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability helps to develop, coordinate, and support campus sustainability goals and initiatives. Our work includes fostering a culture of sustainability and helping the campus reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach climate neutrality. We strive for excellence in breadth and depth, by:
- Implementing Bright Green programs to reduce our ecological footprint.
- Raising awareness through our Talking Louder campaign.
- Expanding community involvement in sustainability through campaigns like myPower to save energy.
- Striving for transparency and accountability through our annual Campus Sustainability Report and Plan.
Engage in Sustainability-Two Spring Opportunities
Looking for ways to learn more about how to implement sustainability on campus? The Office is offering two programs this spring to expand understanding, dialogue, and action on campus sustainability.
Inaugural Meeting of the Berkeley Sustainability Community - Feb. 14th: The new Berkeley Sustainability Community (BSC) will offer a forum where students, staff, and faculty who want to learn and do more about sustainability can meet and share ideas. It will be fostered by the Office of Sustainability and modeled after other communities of practice on campus like BPAWG, for "people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (Wenger-Trayner)." Water conservation will be the topic of our first meeting. The recent drought declaration focuses our efforts and gives us a strong purpose to rally together as a community at this time. Are you interested to discuss and collaborate on ideas to strengthen conservation efforts in your office, lab, residence hall, or classroom? This forum could be a place for you to meet others and share ideas. Everyone on campus is welcome. The first meeting will be Friday, February 14, 1-2pm (with an additional half hour at the end for networking). We will meet in Dwinelle Room #4. For more information email us at email@example.com.
WORK bright green Staff Sustainability Training will be offered on February 28th. Click Here to find out more and learn how to enroll.
2013 Campus Sustainability Report - Just Released.
In the recently released 2013 Campus Sustainability Report, Berkeley tallies our progress toward our Campus Sustainability Goals. We have seen significant success this year, especially on greenhouse gas reductions, and have met many of our goals and are on track to achieve others. We have also added two new areas, Economic and Social Sustainability, as part of the process to prepare the report ‘in accordance’ with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines (Core).
Janaury 2014 Issue of Bright Green News
In this issue read about actions to take to reduce water use, find out how to enroll in the upcoming staff sustainability training, join a new community of practice focused on sustainability, nominate a sustainability champion for an award, and fund your environmental projects with grants. Download a copy!
UC Berkeley Meets its Carbon Reduction Target
Two years ahead of schedule, a pledge made by the University of California, Berkeley, to reduce its carbon footprint to 1990 levels has been met. The achievement also puts UC Berkeley eight years ahead of meeting the University of California Sustainable Practices Policy guidelines and of observing the state’s Global Solutions Warming Act of 2006. Both call for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
NEW Campus Sustainability Walking Tour
Want to see campus sustainability for yourself? Appreciate all of our hard work in action by partaking in a self-guided 1-hour tour of campus sustainability features. The Office of Sustainability has produced an info-sheet, map, and legend. Download the self-guided walking tour by clicking here.
2013 Student Sustainability Forum
Learn about the forum that took place in September and get the most recent list of student environmental groups and organizations at Berkeley - click here.
Travel-Free Meeting Grant Program
With funding from the Climate Action Fund, the Office of Sustainability is awarding grants to faculty and staff for a computer camera for web-conferencing on your office desktop computer. The intention of the grant is to promote travel-free meetings with a goal of reducing UC Berkeley's business air trips. The grant program is on-going until the grant funds are expended.
Skype Training - See the archived video.
To learn more about the grant project and fill out an application click here.
Video/Photo Montage- "UCB Campus-Wide Sustainability"
Take a look at the amazing array of sustainability activities going on at UC Berkeley. This new piece created by Office Communications Associates highlights student action in 2012. Check it out on our Multimedia Page.
Promoting Sustainable Behavior – a guide to successful communication
Have you ever found it challenging to persuade your best friend to shut down their computer at night? Have you ever felt exasperated by your colleague’s unwillingness to recycle? You are not alone. Promoting sustainable behavior is not easy. Fortunately, social scientists have developed an understanding of what it takes to make people change their habits. Check out this primer - Promoting Sustainable Behavior, a guide to successful communication.
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