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.
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.
November 2013 Issue of Bright Green News
In this issue find out more about how we met our carbon-reduction target; hear from students and community members at a climate reality event; take a campus sustainability tour with our new updated guide; get your funding applications in for sustainability interns and grants; and, see our shout-out to three graduate students for their recent sustainable development award. Download a copy!
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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