Berkeley Innovative Solutions (BIS) Consulting Group

BIS (Berkeley Innovative Solutions) is a student-run consulting organization that partners with companies of all sizes on energy and sustainability-related projects. Join us for our 2019 info sessions to learn more about the program and sign up for this Spring's projects.

BERC Engineers (BERC-E)

The mission of BERC-E is to form a close-knit group of graduate students from engineering and science departments to discuss a variety of energy topics over pizza and beer. We cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to solar energy, batteries, life-cycle analysis, combustion, and energy efficiency. Our meetings are an informal way to meet other students from the science and engineering side of campus interested in energy and to form collaborations or get advice on research.

How does trash impact climate change? Resources Roundtable finds out

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. 



SEED volunteers work with the same group of students for a semester, primarily by leading experiments exploring energy science and mentoring projects. There are two components of SEED’s outreach:

Alternative Energy Speaker Series

The Alternative Energy Speaker Series is a series of speakers held at The Haas School of Business during the Fall Semester. Speakers are alumni or friends of UC Berkeley who are leaders in the energy, resources, or impact investing industries.

Speakers typically talk about their firm and their role and also share their story about how they navigated the often complicated and difficult to break-into clean energy industry.


BERC External Events Funding Program

Funding is distributed based on funding requests submitted to the BERC Executive Team. All BERC members are eligible to apply for reimbursement for approved events, including:

  • Energy & Resource Case Competitions
  • Energy & Resource Conferences

Note: academic conferences outside of BERC’s purview are not eligible

Students for Environmental Energy Development

SEED (Students for Environmental Energy Development) is a group of UC Berkeley students and community members educating local public school students about the science of energy use and conversion using activity-based lessons and student-driven projects.

Please contact us at sends e-mail) if you are interested in volunteering with SEED.



US DOE Cleantech University Prize (CUP)

For the last several years, BERC has sponsored Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP). The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Cleantech University Prize aims to inspire the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators by providing them with competitive funding for business development and commercialization training and other educational opportunities.



BERCshops are events that BERC hosts throughout the school year. They typically include a speaker or panel of speakers and a moderator. BERCshop events cover the latest topics and trends in the energy and resources sectors and are typically held once per month.

Past BERCshop topics have included:

  • The Future of Transportation

  • Climate and Energy Policy in the Trump Era

BERC Treks

BERC Treks entail visits to leading energy, resource, finance and impact investing firms throughout the Bay Area. Treks typically include a tour of the office and a discussion about the firm’s missions, goals, culture and growth opportunities.

Such visits give BERC members a chance to learn about various companies first hand through in person visits to companies’ offices or power plants. They provide an excellent way for students to connect with alumni and for companies to get access to students at UC Berkeley.