College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming Events 1/21/11

January 21, 2011

I. Energy Decal
II. Study Abroad in Sussex University Info Session
III. Building Sustainability at Cal Decal
IV. Mycophytes 1st General Meeting
V. ReUSE Reader Giveaway
VI. Sustainability Forum for Students
VII. Berkeley Student Food Collective talk “Is Sustainable Food & Agriculture the Future?”
VIII. Progressive Opportunities Career Fair
IX. Business Plan Competition

I. Energy Decal (ER 98/198) - 2 Units
Thursdays 3:30 - 5 PM, 223 Dwinelle http://www.decal.org/courses/1579
This course will explore the social, environmental and economic consequences of our carbon-based economy. We depend on energy to fuel our cars and airplanes, grow and transport our food, light our cities, warm our homes, cook our food, and power our machinery, appliances, and electronics. As we continue to deplete our energy sources (and pollute our air and water in the process), the challenge to satisfy our need for energy continues to mount. How will our generation respond?

We will use field trips, fun projects, guest speakers, films, and short readings to explore the energy cycle - tracing its origins, distribution, consumption, and waste. We’ll also calculate our own climate footprint, debate about forms of renewable energy, and learn about the many opportunities available to become more energy efficient. The first day of class will be Thursday, January 27th. CCNs will be given in the first class.


II. Study Abroad for the Summer 2011 at Sussex University in England!
Information Meeting: Sussex International Summer School Program
Thursday, January 27, 2011
6:00-7:30 p.m.
60 Evans Hall

Sussex ISS offers an extensive range of courses in the sciences, business, humanities and social sciences. The program director and student alumni will be there to answer your questions. Program Information: http://eap.ucop.edu & http://sussex.ac.uk/iss. To apply, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu.


III. Building Sustainability at Cal Decal
Interested in learning about sustainability issues and how you can help make campus buildings more efficient? Majoring in something related to design/architecture, planning, policy-making, science/engineering, or psychology/human behavior? If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, take the "Building Sustainability at Cal" class offered this Spring 2011 semester and contribute to the culture of sustainability at Berkeley! Students taking this class will have an opportunity to implement infrastructural & educational projects focused on improving the operational efficiency of campus buildings. They will also benefit from the guest lecture series & field-trips related to various waste, water, and energy issues affecting the environment.

The class will be held twice weekly on TuTh 5-6pm (first day of class is on Tuesday 1/25) in 701A Wurster. Register for the class via Telebears with the CCN 03706 (Arch. 98) if you are an incoming freshman/sophomore or 03849 (Arch. 198) if you are an incoming junior/senior. The class is graded P/F, for 3 units. Although it is posted on schedule.berkeley.edu as Architecture 98/198, no architecture experience is required! For further questions or concerns, please contact the class facilitators at bsac.class@gmail.com. To learn more about the class or the BS@C program, please visit our website at http://buildingsustainability.berkeley.edu!


IV. Mycophytes 1st General Meeting
Next Monday, January 24th at 7:00pm in 211 Dwinelle, is the first meeting of The Mycophytes. If you didn't know, The Mycophytes is a student group that encourages student interaction in plant, microbial and environmental biology. It provides a forum for like-minded people to share and pursue their interests in these fields, contributing knowledge and a unique perspective to others who share a passion for awesome science!

The Mycophytes was the only club that catered to majors in CNR and IB majors until it dissolved years ago. Now you have the opportunity to bring it back into existence, and make it the way you want it to be. We need officers, too! If you have any questions contact, themycophytes@gmail.com

And don't forget to take this survey monkey. It'll help give direction to the club. We'll have officer applications at the meeting as well, but don't worry if you can't make it. We'll forward apps after our
first meeting. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YG8PBBH


V. ReUSE Reader Giveaway
What: FREE READERS!
When: Thursday 1/20 and Friday 1/21
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Upper Sproul
Why: Save money and be sustainable!

The ReUSE program is giving away hundreds of free readers that were collected last year. Many courses use similar readers each year, so save money and conserve resources by checking out the Reader Giveaway. We have most subjects, including Poli Sci, Chemistry, History, R1A/1B, ESPM, Physics, Languages, and much much more.


VI. Sustainability Forum for Students
The Office of Sustainability is hosting its campus Feb 2011 Sustainability Forum on Wed, Feb 2 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in 159 Mulford. The format will be 2 min presentations by various environmental club representatives about what their club is about, how to get involved, upcoming events, and job and internship opportunities. The forum is for new and returning students to learn more about sustainability student groups and initiatives on campus. With over 30 environmental organizations on campus with focuses ranging from green business to waste reduction, we’ve brought them together for you! Hear from environmental student groups to figure out which one you want to get involved with or learn what other clubs have been up to. PLUS, FREE FOOD! Already in a student group? That’s okay! Mingle with peers interested in the environment! OPEN TO EVERYONE. You don't need to be affiliated with any organization or major. RSVP through Facebook & bring a friend! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180916991930755


VII. Berkeley Student Food Collective talk “Is Sustainable Food & Agriculture the Future?”
Farmer Joel Salatin will be joined by distinguished scholars and experts Dr. Ignacio Chapela and Sibella Kraus to discuss the prospects and challenges of sustainable food and agriculture. As the emerging sustainable Food Movement calls for a departure from industrial farm systems, and critics claim that sustainable agriculture “can’t feed the world,” it is hard to know which side to believe. This event will address the many benefits of sustainable farming and sort out real criticisms from those that are unfounded. Event will be Friday, January 21st at 2:15pm (Arrive early to ensure seating) at the Eshleman Library, 7th floor Eshleman Hall. Join us for this FREE event to kick off the Spring semester! Delicious refreshments are provided courtesy of the Berkeley Student Food Collective.


VIII. Progressive Opportunities Career Fair
Presented by East Bay Express
Sunday, January 23
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way (In the Hazel Wolf Gallery and Tamalpais Room)

Get connected with employers, schools and organizations that match YOUR progressive values! Progressive Opportunities focuses on careers, companies, and education programs that offer more meaningful work than what you might find at a traditional job fair. With effective, fun and helpful seminars and workshops – as well as organic food, beverages and entertainment.


IX. Business Plan Competition
The Executive Summary deadline for the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is coming up! The deadline is 11PM on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.
First Round Entry Instructions (more details found here: http://bplan.berkeley.edu/Compete/process.html):

1. Create a free YouNoodle account: http://e.younoodle.com/group/2011_berkeley_business_plan_competition
2. After creating your account, login and join the “2011 UC Berkeley Business Plan competition” group
3. Click on “Submit an Entry” on the right side menu
4. Follow the instructions found on the page

Teams selected to move on to the Semi-Final Round will be notified by Wednesday, February 9th.
Team Building: If you need help finding or starting a team please fill out the BPlan team matcher form (http://bit.ly/emY08T ), which will add your information to the BPlan team matching spreadsheet. Review the spreadsheet regularly (http://bit.ly/gDu4Bi ) to look for potential team members and ideas. http://bplan.berkeley.edu/Compete/resources.html