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19 April 2015

BERC members win top prizes at Sfuncube solar hackathon

This weekend, four BERC members took place in a Solar Hackathon, held at Oakland’s solar accelerator called Sfuncube. The event was held on Friday night and Saturday for the whole day. Teams were formed on Friday night, and then teams hacked all day on Saturday. At the end of the day, pitches were held. About 15 […]

19 April 2015

BERC Lunch Recap: Materials Genome Initative

Last week, BERC kicked off its first BERC Lunch with a session on the role of theoretical sciences in innovating cleantech. A group of BERC members from various academic disciplines met to learn about about the history of the Materials Project and the evolution of the general Materials Genome Initiative.

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15 April 2015

Don’t Miss Out on the 2015 BERC Resources Roundtable!

Join BERC for its annual Resources Roundtable, on the topic of “Changing Lands in a Changing Climate.” This exciting event will be held at the David Brower Center from 10am–2pm on Friday, April 17. Tickets are limited, so make sure you purchase yours before they’re sold out!

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15 April 2015

BERC Member Spotlight: Ari van Schilfgaarde

For this week’s BERC Member Spotlight, we’re featuring Ari van Schilfgaarde!

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Ozone Drive: Accelerating the Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Angel Samartino (MBA ’10) is the founder and CEO of Ozone Drive, a cleantech startup dedicated to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles by allowing individuals to experience the thrill of driving an EV through a 100% electric car-sharing service. Follow their crowdfunding campaign here!

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“Legacy” Emissions and Beyond-Neutrality Corporate Emission Reduction Targets

A number of large companies have recently introduced pledges to eliminate carbon emissions entirely in their efforts to fight climate change and grow in a sustainable manner. However, few companies are talking about how they can deal with their emissions from previous decades that still remain in the atmosphere.

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15 April 2015

A Shaky Future for America’s National Parks?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of meetings on the UC Berkeley campus which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the National Parks Service. Cal recently hosted a conference, “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” discussing the importance and future outlook of public education, public lands, and their intersection.

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9 April 2015

Resources Roundtable to feature keynote from Emmy-award winning filmmaker

This year’s BERC Resources Roundtable will feature a keynote discussion with Jeff Horowitz who has been a long-time advocate for forests and is now a producer for the Emmy-Award winning Showtime climate change docu-series “Years of Living Dangerously”.