College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming Campus-wide Events & Announcements 4/16/10

April 15, 2010

I. Sunday, May 16th Commencement Convocation Moved!!
II. UC Haiti Summit
III. The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit
IV. Special BIE Roundtable Discussion on May 5th

I. Sunday, May 16th Commencement Convocation Moved!!
In order to accommodate more guests, Commencement Convocation will be
moved from the Greek Theater to THE HAAS PAVILION!

Commencement Convocation
May 16th

All Greek Theater tickets, including lawn seats, are valid general
admission tickets for the Haas Pavilion. Ticket policy remains the same;
everyone (including seniors) must have a ticket!

Commencement tickets are available for sale online, and will be sold on a
first come, first serve basis until sold out. Tickets are $5 a piece, a
maximum of 6 tickets per student. Please stay tuned to the website for
more information.

To reserve your tickets, please visit:

Please visit for updated information beginning
April 14th.

II. UC Haiti Summit
In response to a desire by faculty, students, and staff on all ten UC campuses to find ways that our university can support the rebuilding of Haiti, a group of UC students, led by our ASUC, has taken the initiative to organize a "UC Haiti" Summit. As a UC system, we have much talent and expertise in many different fields needed to assist the Haitian people in the long process of rebuilding their earthquake-devastated country. We are pleased to support our students' efforts in putting together this Summit. Various UC offices are providing sponsorship.

A series of meetings is being planned to take place on April 24, 2010 at UCSF Mission Bay campus. The day will involve discussion among UC students, faculty, and staff to identify possible projects, explore collaborations, and develop a plan of action.

Members of the UC community have a long and proud history of public service, and the long-term rebuilding of Haiti is an effort to which our faculty, staff, and students may wish to contribute their talent, creativity, and expertise.

Please send all inquiries to and register through

III. The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit
The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit is right around the corner! The Summit Planning Subcommittee sends this friendly reminder to put it on your CalAgendas/calendars and to attend! The summit is on Wednesday, April 21st, 4pm-6pm in Sutardja Dai, on the third floor outside the Technology Museum and in the Bonatao Auditorium.

It consists of three parts:
1. The Poster Session: this will be a dynamic space in which students/staff/faculty will stand by their posters to share with the campus community their projects. Your participation is important during this part since it serves as an opportunity for sustainability movers on campus to interact with one another. There will also be light refreshments!

2. The Panel Session: During this time four panelists will use the majority of 45 minutes to answer questions from the audience about campus sustainability. We believe the panel will bring out the sustainability topics important to the campus. You can submit questions before hand to The panel will be moderated by Dean Wolch from the College of Environmental Design, the four panelists are:
Vice Chancellor Ed Denton
Vice Provost Cathy Koshland
ASUC Senator Christina Oatfield
Graduate Assembly, Corinne Scown

3. Chancellor Birgeneau will wrap up the summit by announcing green fund grant and sustainability award recipients, as well give an update on the work the water working group has been doing throughout the year.

Some action items:
A. Please share this event with your colleagues and/or students as you deem appropriate, the flier attached and this email can easily be forwarded. The summit is open to everyone on campus, and its success would only be greater if folks outside the sustainability community came.
B. Bring your own mug to the event to reduce waste: the summit is a certified green event.
C. If you want to get a sneak preview of Disneynature’s OCEANS at 8pm on April 21st, take a pledge at You will be asked to provide your email or telephone number in order to receive a ticket. Arrive to Wheeler Auditorium by 7:30 in order to ensure you get a spot! You will also need to show a Berkeley staff/student ID.
D. If you cannot attend, digital versions of the posters and a video recording of the summit will be available online.
E. Take the campus sustainability survey (if you haven't done so already) and let us know what you think:

We hope to see you there!

IV. Special BIE Roundtable Discussion on May 5th

"Feeding 9 Billion with the Challenges of Climate Change: Towards Diversified Ecoagriculture Landscapes"

The challenges for agricultural production over the next few decades will require not marginal changes in response, but fundamental re-thinking of food systems to accommodate large increases in demand in the context of climate change. Adapting and improving crop varieties will be one part of the solution, but re-shaping the agroecosystems and associated markets within which they are grown will be more profound and requires the greater emphasis in research and investment. Mobilizing diversity within agro-ecosystems and across landscapes in highly cost-effective ways that suit both local and global markets will be key. The talk will highlight some of the technical ecological, institutional and policy solutions that are emerging.

Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 2:30 – 5:00pm
Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Introduction: A.G. Kawamura, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Scherr, President & CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners
Panelists: Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Dr. Tom Tomich, Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Professor of Community Development, Environmental Science & Policy; Dr. Nathan Sayre, Professor of Environmental and Human Geography, UC Berkeley
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