Archive for BERC Communities

21 October 2015

3rd annual Cleanweb hackathon is this Friday – sign up now!

Join on Oct 23-24 for the 3rd annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon! The event will take place from 5-9pm on Friday Oct 23 and 9am-9pm on Saturday Oct 24. We have two links for registration: 1) first, sign up at Eventbrite; 2) then, head to Devpost to create a profile, and either join a team or propose […]

1 May 2015

Finding a Better Place to Dump

Berkeley Water Group IdeaLab (BWGIL) is partnering with researchers in the Berkeley School of Public Health and Pivot LTD, a waste-to-fuel startup company, to develop the hardware and local capacity needed to collect waste from informal communities in Kigali, Rwanda and turn it into renewable solid fuel.

24 March 2015

Carbon Negative Cement: Turning a Climate Liability into an Asset

BERC-E (BERC Engineers) met this week to discuss a topic lying truly at the heart of engineering: cement. Although usually not associated with climate change, cement production is responsible for 5% of global, human-caused annual CO2 emissions.

24 February 2015

Want People to Conserve Electricity? Tell Them About Pollution-Induced Asthma

This week, BERC-e, BERC’s engineering and science community, discussed a provocative article recently published in PNAS. The study raises intriguing questions about how best to encourage energy conservation by behavior change.

29 January 2015

New Features Coming to BERC Blog in 2015!

Be on the lookout for some exciting changes coming to the BERC blog in 2015: articles centered around monthly themes, and BERC Member Spotlights!

29 January 2015

The Future of Electric Vehicles in CA

The BERC-E community recently met for the first time in 2015 to talk about the recent progress of California’s Electric Vehicle program.

22 April 2014

BERC Cleanweb Hackathon 2.0: Smarter Sprinkler Saves water and takes top prize

At BERC’s second annual “cleanweb” hackathon this past weekend, hackers came together to produce four new apps to help analyze and reduce home water consumption, food-related water footprints, and commercial building energy consumption.

14 April 2014

China’s State Grid Boosting Air Quality Efforts

The vast network of coal power plants in Northern China were largely blamed for the severe air pollution in the region. Gao Li, the vice director of State Grid Construction Department, has promoted the Ultra High Voltage (UHV) transmission system as a mid-term solution to China’s current air pollution.