Programs

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.

BERC's signature fall event, which filled the Anna Head Alumnae Hill on Oct. 31, explored a pivotal part of the climate change picture, with landfills now the third biggest producer of...

Join SEED

Mentoring

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:

After-School Program: Volunteers work with small groups of 4th or 5th graders at La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland implementing hands-on projects to demonstrate basic energy concepts. After school sessions are held every Friday afternoon. Volunteers will have a chance to contribute to lesson plans and energy fair format. SEED volunteers find...

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 seed.berc@gmail.com(link sends e-mail) if you are interested in volunteering with SEED.

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

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BERCshops

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

Trends Shaping the Future of Cleantech: Finance, Policy & Technology...

High School Program

The high school component of SEED’s outreach is a continued collaboration with Berkeley High School (BHS). UC Berkeley graduate students mentor small groups of 11th and 12th grade BHS students enrolled in Mr. Stephen Salser’s Integrated Science course for 1 hour during class. The mentors lead hands-on lessons focused on the physics of energy conversion. During the fall semester, the lessons are:

Intro: What is Energy? Experiment building a Battery – Motor – LED circuit Efficiency and Solar Power : Measuring solar cell device power output and...

Elementary Program

Energy Curriculum

Overall Objectives, students will be able to: Explain energy issues to parents Identify different energy sources and how they’re used Explain basics of global warming and greenhouse gases Define key terms relating to energy issues Identify and advocate strategies/options for improving energy outlook Identify negative environmental impacts of energy use Identify personal activities that create pollution

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Energy Curriculum

Overall Objectives Explain energy issues to parents Identify different energy sources and how they’re used Explain basics of global warming and greenhouse gases Define key terms relating to energy issues Identify and advocate strategies/options for improving energy outlook Identify negative environmental impacts of energy use Identify personal activities that create pollution 7-Week Overview, Objectives by Individual Lesson

Lesson 1

Define energy and identify different forms Class time used to play introductory game, distribute parent letter, get...

Project Curriculum

Project Timeline (6 weeks)

Week 1: Choose project and complete project outline Project Outline Worksheet Week 2: Internet research Research Notes Worksheet Weeks 3-4: Work on experiment/build model/conduct survey Experiment Worksheet...

Water Curriculum

Overall Objectives, SWBAT: Identify how habits relate to food/water consuption/environmental impacts Propose solutions to food/water availability issues Understand general/specific water cycles Name dangerous substances/pollutants in water Identify health issues with water supply Define key terms Evaluate how food relates to environmental resources Module 1: Cycles, SWBAT: Explain/draw a water cycle Follow domestic water from source to wastewater release Identify steps in water preparation Identify steps in wastewater disposal Module 2: Availability/...

BERC Carbon

Interested in more carbon-related events? Then join the newly formed BERC Carbon Community! BERC Carbon is a campus-wide group for anyone interested in all things carbon! We host monthly community meetings where members can share their latest carbon-related: scientific research, policy analyses, startup ideas, etc., as well as organize further carbon events through BERC. So if you want feedback on your latest carbon initiative or are just interested in learning more about the carbon work going on here at Berkeley, please contact Wojciech Osowiecki (...