The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) is a multidisciplinary network of UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, industry professionals, and advisers who seek to turn world-leading research into world-changing solutions by tackling tough and timely energy and environmental challenges. BERC’s mission is to connect, educate, and engage its members to foster innovation and action.

BERC Events

BERC’s flagship event is our spring Energy Summit, a professional energy conference that attracts more than 600 energy leaders from across the United States.

BERC also hosts the fall Resources Roundtable, which highlights cutting-edge research on the resource issues of the day. Also in the fall, the CleanWeb Hackathon challenges interdisciplinary teams of students to tackle energy/resource issues within 24 hours by using data and/or APIs volunteered by industry. Finally, the annual Innovation Expo runs in conjunction with the Energy Summit and is a Berkeley student energy/resource poster competition with thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

BERC Programs

BERC offers so many ways to get involved. Members can consult for a leading energy or resource firm via BERC Innovative Solutions (BIS) Consulting. They can teach elementary and high-school students about the science behind energy and resources through the Students for Environmental Energy Development (SEED) program. They can also help start an energy or resources company by competing for $50,000 in investment through the Department of Energy sponsored Cleantech University Prize competition.

BERC Members

If you are interested in becoming a BERC member, please click the “Join” button at the top of the screen, and also check out the many benefits we offer our members. Also check out the details on the many ways you can get involved with BERC on our Join page.

If you are a student and would like to receive BERC’s weekly newsletter highlighting upcoming energy and resources events and opportunities, please contact membership@berc.berkeley.edu and be sure to let us know your program at Cal so we can introduce you to your liaison.

BERC’s History

BERC was launched more than a decade ago to help foster energy and resources opportunities to the UC Berkeley campus. In addition to BERC’s core programs such as BERC Innovative Solutions (BIS) Consulting, and BERC communities, the student-run club has founded programs across campus that have sprouted legs of their own. For example, Cleantech to Market (C2M), founded by BERC in 2009, brings together students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research, green chemistry, and water research into market opportunities. C2M quickly gained momentum, and in 2010 became a full course at the Haas School of Business, in partnership with the Energy Institute at Haas. BERC also helped define the mission of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) through a BIS Consulting project. BERC and BECI are now close partners and co-administer the Department of Energy Cleantech University Prize.