College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Events and Announcements

November 5, 2012

Nov 6 | Big Ideas @Berkeley - Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives Contest
Nov 6 | China: Transforming a Coal-Based Energy System to Large Scale Renewable Integration
Nov 7 | Water: Innovating for the Essential Resource
Nov 7, 8 | International Service Learning Infosession - Health/Medical
Nov 7, 9 | Career Center Events
Nov 8 | Graduate Programs Joint Admissions Open House
Nov 8 | Unlocking the Potential of Plant Cell Walls - A Research Talk by Professor Markus Pauly
Nov 9 | "Carbon Math" at Climate One
Nov 17 | The 2012 Nutty Run: A 5K Run/Walk

Nov 6 | Big Ideas @Berkeley - Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives Contest

Apply By November 6th, 5pm

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to students who have innovative solutions to challenges facing our campus, community or world. This year up to $300,000 is available to students with Big Ideas!!

The “Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives” category seeks to encourage the adoption of clean energy alternatives that are sustainable and have the potential for broad impact. Proposals may focus on the design, development, or delivery of sustainable energy solutions and can be domestic or international in scope.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate the relationship between the proposed intervention and its impact on the environment.

For more information, visit:
Contest Deadline: Nov. 6th, 5pm.

Nov 6 | China: Transforming a Coal-Based Energy System to Large Scale Renewable Integration

7:00 - 8:00pm C335 Cheit Hall

Featuring: He Gang, PhD Candidate in Energy and Resources Group.

As we all know- China is the world largest consumer of energy.
Currently, with the media largely portraying China as the next renewable powerhouse- focusing on news of nuclear expansion, solar exports, and wind connections - one could be surprised to learn that 92% of of all China's energy still comes from petroleum sources, and 70% comes from coal alone. The three largest petroleum companies share the entire energy market, all of which being state-owned enterprises.

What will it take for China to truly move towards a non coal-based society?

He Gang is a PhD Candidate at the ERG at Berkeley. He was a research associate with Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD), following being with the World Resources Institute (WRI). Mr. He has been published by the World Bank Group, Trading Carbon Magazine, Business Forum China,China Dialogue, China Perspectives, and World Environment Magazine.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Facebook Community Page:

We are now officially launching our Facebook Community page! Please invite any of your friends who might be interested. (And of course, "Like" the page yourself as well) We will keep a collection of pictures, news, and outreach advertisements on this page. Click here to take a look at what BERC China Focus has to offer on Facebook.

Nov 7 | Water: Innovating for the Essential Resource

Location: Levi’s Auditorium, 1155 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 networking reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students

Jake Norton, Co-founder and Lead Climber, Challenge 21
Jon Rose, Professional Surfer; Founder, Waves for Water
Evan Thomas, Assistant Professor and Director, The SWEET Lab; Executive VP, Manna Energy Limited
Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder and President, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow

For details, check out:
Event link for details and tickets
RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!
Excited? Tweet INFORUM at @INFORUMsf

Water: We can’t live without it – but most of the world practically does. The event will begin with a meaningful but refreshing conversation about the global water crisis and those working on creative new approaches for providing clean drinking water. Hear from the leaders in the field and find out more about innovative projects like a town run entirely off recycled water, collaborative coalitions and breakout projects that deliver on reliable and safe water for those who need it most. After the kick-off panel, we’ll dive right into an interactive social in an attempt to grasp the realities of H20 hardships and opportunities. It’s the ultimate genesis of life as we know it - let’s hear the stories and wade neck-deep into the worldwide water crisis. Underwritten by Levi Strauss & Co.

Nov 7, 8 | International Service Learning Infosession - Health/Medical

Pre-Health? Interested in volunteering abroad?

Then come out to International Service Learning (ISL @ Berkeley)'s Infosession! We will be holding two infosessions. They will have the same information, so if you can't make one, come out to the other!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7-8pm 243 DWINELLE


Thursday, November 8, 2012. 6-7 pm 87 EVANS

International Service Learning is a nonprofit organization that has sent thousands of students all over the world to help underserved communities. Our chapter will recruit students for individual medical/pharmacy, dental, and optometry trips. Before the trip, we will hold workshops to learn about diagnosis and treatment of common health problems, medical Spanish, and basic techniques relating to your field. We also plan to fundraise to help subsidize the cost of the trip and collect donated supplies and medications.

This is a really great experience for anyone interested in the health field, as you will gain hands-on experience while helping communities that lack healthcare and resources necessary for their basic well being. You will work closely with health professionals and will be able to interact directly with patients in diagnosis and treatment. It is open to all majors.

Questions? Visit our website at

Or contact us We hope to see you there!

Nov 7, 9 | Career Center Events

Find Your Nonprofit Career Fit

November 7, 4:00 - 5:30PM
NEW Career Center, 2440 Bancroft Way
3rd Floor; Blue & Gold Room
Space is limited. RSVP on Callisto

Friday Career Lounge @ Career Center: Networking

November 9, 12:00 - 1:00pm
NEW Career Center, 2440 Bancroft
3rd Floor, Blue & Gold Room

Nov 8 | Unlocking the Potential of Plant Cell Walls - A Research Talk by Professor
Markus Pauly

Join us for a research talk given by Professor Pauly on unlocking the
potential of plant cell walls as a new sustainable source of biolfuels!

Thursday, November 8 | 7-9 pm | 141 Giannini
Hosted by MCBcDNA

Want to learn about the exciting future of a largely untouched source of
renewable energy while meeting a super awesome professor?

MCBcDNA hosts a talk given by Professor Markus Pauly (of Bio1A and MCB 102)!

Sit enthralled as Professor Pauly dives into his explorations of the
genetic and biosynthetic foundations of plant cell walls, enjoy delicious
food, and--most importantly--learn about the future of the world's energy!

Any and all interested students are welcome to attend!

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Questions? Email:

Nov 8 | Graduate Programs Joint Admissions Open House

Join us for a joint open house hosted by University of California at Santa Barbara's Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment and Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This is your opportunity learn about graduate opportunities in the environmental field from the Nation's top environmental schools. Each school will make a brief presentation and will be available to answer all of your questions throughout the gathering.

Please RSVP here

Contact: Danielle Curtis 203 432-5106

Nov 9 | "Carbon Math" at Climate One

Time: 11:30am check-in, 12:00p.m. program, 1:00p.m networking reception
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: $20 standard, FREE for members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Tickets available here

We have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books of energy companies as climate scientists think is safe to burn. That was the takeaway from Bill McKibben’s recent Rolling Stone article titled “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” McKibben says it is his single most important work since his first book The End of Nature nearly thirty years ago. Now the activist is launching a “Do The Math” campaign around the country to galvanize support for stronger action to reduce carbon pollution.

John Hofmeister says environmental measures driven too quickly will only backfire as the inconvenience or cost meets grass roots resistance. Time is an ally, he says, and enhances our ability to adapt to change. Energy companies are not monoliths and can be part of the solution.

John Hofmeister, CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil Company
Bill McKibben, Founder,

The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.

Nov 17 | The 2012 Nutty Run: A 5K Run/Walk

When: November 17th at 9 am in Lower Sproul

Run for Project Peanut Butter! Project Peanut Butter is a humanitarian project focused in Malawi, a country in Southeast Africa. Using a peanut-based Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), this project has had an enormous impact on decreasing infant mortality rates in this area. Join Cal UPHC in our 5th annual Nutty Run to raise awareness for global malnutrition and funds for Project Peanut Butter.

Register on Sproul beginning Oct 29th or online at Food will be provided on the day of the run.

Visit for more information or email if you have questions!