College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Campus-wide Events & Programs

November 20, 2009

Building Sustainability at Cal Invites You...How Sustainable is Mulford?
Date: Wednesday, December 2
Where: 251C Hilgard
Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Come learn what BS@C found out about your building through some baseline audits, and play a trivia game.

"Using an Independent Business Voice to Advance Environmental Policies"

Bob Epstein
Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Room 355 at Goldman School of Public Policy

Lunch will be served. RSVP to this email by Mon. Nov. 30th to ensure sufficient food.

About the Seminar:
Bob will discuss the increasing role that independent business voices have played in advancing environmental policy. He will draw from his experience in California with the 2002 Clean Cars Bill, the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act and the current activities in passing a comprehensive climate policy in Congress.

About the Speaker:
Bob holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science, specializing in distributed database systems (with a minor in music). His early career was focused on the commercialization of databases and networking. From 1976 - 1979 he was the manager of the INGRES project at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1979 – 1984 Bob was vice president of development and principal architect for Britton-Lee, a developer of database machines. In 1984 he was a leading architect and proponent for client/server computing with the creation of Sybase and the development of SQL Server which eventually grew into a billion dollar business with the inclusion of middleware and development tools.

Bob has worked on mobile and “wearable” computers and new businesses enabled by the Internet. In 1996, he co-founded Colorado Microdisplay that produced industry-leading micro-displays for entertainment and mobile computing. In 2000, Bob co-founded GetActive Software and served as the Chairman of the Board. Most recently, Bob was one of the organizers of New Resource Bank – a California chartered bank specializing in financial products for green businesses and consumers. Bob is also a Director at Cleantech Capital Group and investor in Michelle Kaufmann Designs.

Bob is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the leading U.S. environmental organization. In June of 2000, he co-founded Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) with Nicole Lederer. E2 is a national community of professionals and business people who believe in protecting the environment while building economic prosperity. It serves as a champion on the economic side of good environmental policy by taking a reasoned, economically sound approach to environmental issues. Through active support of Natural Resources Defense Council, E2 works to influence state and national environmental policy.

About CEPP:
The Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) aims to bridge the gap between environmental theory and policy implementation through seminars, workshops and conferences. CEPP's programs are intended to educate, direct and motivate those working in the field of environmental public policy. In particular, CEPP activities are geared to help fill the local and global need for competent environmental managers who are adept at policy-making within the context of limited and varying resources.

MCBcDNA'S Research Night!
WHEN: Thurs, Nov 19th, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: 78/80 Barrows

*Free Food
Looking for research opportunities? Come to MCBcDNA's Research Night! Speakers from different labs will present their own experiences with research as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, and will provide tips and advice on the process of obtaining a lab position, ranging form e-mailing professors to friend referrals to URAP. All majors are welcome!

ASUC Undergraduate/Graduate Mentorship Program Deadline - December 4
The ASUC Undergraduate/Graduate Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to obtain individualized guidance from a graduate student. The graduate student will be a mentor who will offer advice and answers to the undergraduate who is interested in gaining more knowledge about his/her academic field of interest, the graduate school process, or just about future academic goals.

Participants will be expected to enroll in and attend a weekly one and half hour one-unit (Tuesdays 7-8:30pm) DeCal during the spring semester.The class will include guest speakers and panelists directed towards providing undergraduates with information about graduate school. Numerous socials throughout the course will allow for reflection on workshops from previous weeks. The ASUC will provide the structures and materials for this program, but it is up to you as the participant to make the most of the mentorship. How much you benefit from the program is highly dependent on the effort given. YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN THE DECAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.

This is a great chance for undergraduate students to take advantage of the wisdom and experiences of their graduate mentors. Not only will the undergraduates learn about the graduate process, but they will also establish relationships with their mentors, bringing students with similar interests together. It is the ASUC’s hope for the program to enhance the Cal student community’s academic potential, to join the gap between undergraduate and graduate education, and to continue the academic success of this university.

The application form is accessible here:
Please email the completed form to or drop it off at the ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President’s Office on the 2nd Floor of Eshleman by Friday December 4, 2009. You will be contacted as soon as your application is received and processed. Undergraduate-Graduate pairs will be matched to the best of our abilities based on areas of academic study and other interests, after all the applications are received. We appreciate your interest and look forward to reading your application.

Magnolia Project Application
Deadline: Wednesday, December 2

Magnolia Project is a student-run Cal Corps program engaged in a social justice partnership between the between the Bay Area and Post-Katrina New Orleans. This is a 3-week service Trip and 8-week internship program. The Magnolia Project is a great way to learn about social justice issues, engage in service, and gain experience. Magnolia Project is now accepting application for the 2010 summer service trip and internship program! Apply online now at: .
Interns will be provided with stipends to offset living and transportation expenses. Internship applications are due Wednesday, December 2. For more information, please e-mail: or visit website:

Coming this Monday, a meeting of great entrepreneurial minds...
UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition/Global Social Venture Competition Mixer
Date: Monday, November 23, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Bank of America Forum, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

All Cal students invited! Mingle with entrepreneurial classmates at the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition & Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) mixer on Monday, November 23. Discuss your business ideas, learn about current projects, expand your entrepreneurial network and meet potential teammates for the competitions. Teams can win up to $30,000 in the Business Plan Competition and $25,000 in the GSVC.

This event is free and pizza will be provided! Sign up today!

Please RSVP at

Please visit the competitions’ homepages for more information:

We hope to see you Monday!