Educational Materials

For members interested in learning about energy and resources from first principles, we recommend checking out BERC's 101 materials:

There are two excellent podcasts covering the latest news and trends in climate tech:

  • Catalyst (Latitude Media) - hosted by Shayle Kann of Energy Impact Partners
  • Shift Key (Heatmap News) - hosted by Robinson Meyer of Heatmap and Jesse Jenkins of Princeton University

Below is a series of additional resources covering energy and climate change:

  • A Deep Dive into Energy + Environmental Consulting with E3 - January 26, 2021 (video presentation)
  • Future Nuclear - Challenges and Perspectives - November 10, 2020 (video presentation)
  • Energy Tradeoffs with David Spence (UT Austin Law) - October 2, 2020 (video presentation)
  • Weathering adaptation: The grid isn't ready for climate change with Laurel Dunn & Anna Brockway - September 23, 2020 (slides, op-ed, & research paper)
  • Who Turned Off the Lights? with Severin Borenstein (CAISO) - September 16, 2020 (slides & video presentation)

Finally, a collection of book recommendations:

  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates (2021)
  • Speed & Scale: A Global Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now by John Doerr (2021)
  • The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin (2020)
  • Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet by Varun Sivaram (2018)
  • Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah (2013)
  • The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke (2016)
  • Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy by Russell Gold (2019)
  • How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present, and Future by Vaclav Smil (2022)
  • Sustainable Energy - without the Hot Air by Daniel JC MacKay (2008)
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L Friedman (2008)

Have suggestions for additional resources we should add? Reach out to copresidents@berc.berkeley.edu.