November 13, 2018

Zero waste, recycling and the environmental impacts of our built environment fueled debate at this year's installment of BERC's Resources Roundtable, drawing decisionmakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and private waste management. 

October 25, 2018

So, you’ve got a great idea for turning your hard-tech research into a product or service. Great. But no matter how miraculous your discovery sounds, it cannot be turned into a viable commercial venture unless it can be scaled to meet the demand of a target market, and then manufactured and sold at a price that both sustains your business and meets your customer’s requirements for price (what they pay) and value (what they get). You have to obey the laws of capitalism!

October 16, 2018

On October 4, UC Berkeley and BERC hosted the 4th annual Smogathon highlighting the latest innovative air pollution solutions. The event was first launched in 2015 in Poland as a hackathon and has since evolved into an international competition with hundreds of applications featuring real strategies designed to improve air quality and reduce smog.

June 18, 2018

Buzz has been growing around electric water and space heaters as potent technology for helping California reach its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. Recent state moves to require solar panels on all new residential homes by 2020 certainly make electric water and space heaters more carbon efficient.

Also helping are more efficient heater models that can produce more than three times more energy than they consume – by sucking up the heat in surrounding air or soils and pumping it into water or air.

May 31, 2018

This past spring break, 23 students from various majors were selected to participate in Solar Spring Break (SSB), a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) and Grid Alternatives (GRID). GRID is a nonprofit solar organization that seeks to bring renewable energy to low-income homeowners, while also providing solar education to volunteers. UC Berkeley SSB teams are traditionally sent out to Oakland neighborhoods, but for the first time this year, a team was also sent to the Salinas Valley.

May 4, 2018

Thanks to all who came out to BERC Alumni Night 2018!

On the evening of Thursday, April 26, BERC hosted Alumni Night at the offices of WSGR in San Francisco, bringing together alumni, current students and friends of BERC for a night of networking, fun and fundraising.

April 12, 2018

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March 20, 2018

Are you interested in cutting edge technologies? Consider joining the Cleantech to Market (C2M) course at Haas this fall.

March 17, 2018


One of the highlights of BERC’s 2018 Energy Summit in February was the recording of the popular Interchange podcast, this one featuring a conversation between host Shayle Kann and Ryan Hanley. Ryan is a renewable energy industry veteran now with Advanced Microgrid Solutions and formerly based at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Tesla and SolarCity.

March 6, 2018

Join us in accelerating cleantech innovation! Attend one of C2M’s Info Sessions—Pizza Will be Served!

Thursday, March 8, 12:30 – 1:30 in Haas School of Business Room S489

Friday, March 9, 11:00 – 12:00 in Haas School of Business Room S489

March 3, 2018



Do you know a student, staff member or professor at UC Berkeley who’s helping the campus transition to a more sustainable clean energy future? Or someone teaching the next generation of decision-makers about the environmental challenges we all face? Here’s your chance to honor that sustainability leader, through the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s annual awards.


February 9, 2018

Are you interested in how solar power can help rural communities leapfrog dirty power production technologies? Curious whether “clean coal” is an oxymoron? Want to know why California is investing $45 billion to build some (big) water pipes?

BERC’s communities talked about all of these topics last year!

January 13, 2018

Today, our generation faces some of the most daunting challenges in history; combating global warming, addressing rising energy demand, and ensuring access to energy for all. Dealing with these challenges requires creative and innovative solutions across a multitude of disciplines, and it must involve people from all over the world who are committed to a sustainable future.

January 11, 2018


By Marie Thompson

What happens when you mix five full-time MBA first years from four different countries and completely different backgrounds with an energy case competition early in the year? For us, the answer was a winning recommendation and a first-place finish.

Last November, Cleanweb Berkeley hosted it’s 5th annual Hackathon, entitled ‘Whose Hacks? Our Hacks!’. With previous Hackathon winners having been in information technology for flexible demand and shared solar services, we wanted to challenge participants to take on lesser explored subjects at the intersection of data, energy and resources: environmental justice and the politics of climate change. The politics of climate change in the U.S.

November 12, 2017

This is the third of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization. 


November 8, 2017

This is the second of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The first piece was on the Importance of the EPA. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization. 


October 27, 2017

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Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium
Bechtel Engineering Center
UC Berkeley Campus

Gain unique insights into leading-edge cleantech innovations

October 20, 2017

On October 3rd, Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC), together with CITRIS, co-hosted a semifinal of the global anti-air pollution pitch competition, SmogathonSmogathon is an initiative aiming to fight air pollution through technology, based in Krakow, Poland – a city with one of th

October 16, 2017

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.