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20 October 2017

BERC Hosts International Smogathon Semi-Final

On October 3rd, Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC), together with CITRIS, co-hosted a semifinal of the global anti-air pollution pitch competition, Smogathon. Smogathon is an initiative aiming to fight air pollution through technology, based in Krakow, Poland – a city with one of the worst air quality in the EU. The project started in 2015 as a multidisciplinary 24-hour hackathon […]

16 October 2017

The Importance of the EPA

This is the first of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), established by Richard Nixon in 1970 amidst strong bipartisan and public support, is the reason why […]

8 August 2017

Call for applications: Smogathon (due August 15th)

Do you want to fight air pollution and win $100,000? On October 3rd, BERC will be hosting a combined North and South American continental semi-final of the Smogathon 2017 Global Edition – a worldwide competition for projects that have the potential to fight air pollution with innovative science and technology. Semi-finals will be taking place around the world throughout October […]

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29 November 2016

7th Annual C2M Symposium

Join us for an exciting, in-depth presentation of emerging cleantech solutions from Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the first time in C2M’s seven-year history, all participants are existing start-ups, including five from Cyclotron Road.

29 November 2016

Automating Us – The entanglement of people and machines

Technologies like touchscreens, smartphones and the Internet have already transformed the way we interact with the world around us. However, many of these changes will soon be overshadowed by a dramatic reshaping of the way in which we make decisions and carry out tasks, a shift brought along by the development of automation technologies.

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29 October 2015

Tour and Networking Event at Sungevity!

Join us on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM for an afternoon at the Sungevity headquarters for a tour, presentations, and a networking event.

28 September 2015

Apply for the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award

Graduate students from any department at UC Berkeley are welcome to submit their current or ongoing projects in order to fuel their global social impact work. The team with the winning entry will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000 and the runner-up team awarded $2,500. The deadline is Monday, October 19th 2015 at 12:00PM PST.

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21 September 2015

BERC Engineers: Passive Radiative Cooling

BERC-E held a lively discussion of a new cooling technology detailed in a recent Nature paper, “Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight.” The new cooling method uses panels to passively cool by sending heat out to deep space. This technology is currently being studied by a team in the Cleantech to Market class.