2019: Resilient Cities
This year's Fall 2019 theme of Resilient Cities will explore challenges and solutions related to natural resource security, disaster resilience, and the built environment. We will begin the day with a panel of experts to provide a theoretical context for the theme followed by professionals presenting real-world solutions in the three key topic areas. The entire program will develop a broad understanding of the global challenge, with deep insights into business and economic resilience in the face of climate change, resilience among resource-constrained communities, and urban resilience in the wake of environmental disasters. Light breakfast and lunch will be included.
2018: Innovation in Waste Management
For the 5th annual Resources Symposium, BERC is hosting a one-day symposium of Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space for sharing of ideas and best practices. This event will bring together entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, academics and hands-on practitioners in and around Berkeley to learn from each other and share their work. In addition to selected speakers, we’ll be hosting a panel session of experts and stakeholders and an open table session in the afternoon for direct collaboration and networking opportunities.
2017: Feeding the World at 9 Billion
Last year’s event tackled the triple threat of climate change, soil degradation, and water shortage are increasingly pressuring our food systems. Meanwhile, human population continues to grow exponentially in some of the world’s most resource-constrained areas. The question looms: how can we feed an ever-expanding population in the face of persistent environmental degradation? During this event, we will look at two salient challenges: optimizing agricultural yields and meeting the world’s protein needs. The event will feature two panels, as well as two keynotes and a round of lightning talks from emerging tech companies in the food and ag space.