To provide science-based leadership in the identification and implementation of sustainable development strategies, that effectively balances concerns for efficiency, environmental conservation and social equity.
The Center for Sustainable Resource Development is located in the College
of Natural Resources and brings together UC Berkeley's leading environmental
and social scientists with other experts and stakeholders from industry,
government, and environmental organizations to address complex resource-use
issues such as global climate change, sustainable agriculture, water reliability,
and population, poverty and the environment.
At CSRD, "sustainable development" is activity that expands human opportunities in ways that avoid unacceptable fluctuations and irreversible losses in ecological, social and economic options over time.
The challenge is to link relevant science and research with communities and decision-makers to develop strategies that promote economic development and human well being without degrading natural resources and the environment.
The Center for Sustainable Resource Development was formally established by former CNR Dean Wilford Gardner at a May 1994 workshop of over 20 CNR faculty and extension specialists. The Center's establishment was based on a proposal prepared by a working group of College faculty and submitted for review and comment to all College faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists.
Since 1994, with support from the CNR, government agencies, alumni, foundations and the corporate sector, the Center has sponsored or co-sponsored a wide range of research, educational and outreach activities in its core program areas, including:
has seven core program areas: Agriculture
Policy & Resource Management, Communities
& Natural Resource Management, Global
Environment, Pest Management,
Population & the Environment,
Technology & Innovation, and
Water. For brief descriptions of the
Center's approach to these areas and a list of specific projects with
individual web pages go to Quick Links
CSRD is administered by an Academic Coordinator and two Faculty Co-directors (go to People for biographical sketches), reporting to the Associate Dean of Research of the College of Natural Resources. The Center staff is fluid - increasing as necessary to run its various programs. CSRD works closely with the CNR Media Unit to develop its multi-media outputs.
CSRD has a faculty Steering Committee that oversees its core programs and provides direction for developing interdisciplinary research, educational and outreach activities. Go to People for a complete list of Steering Committee members and links to their individual websites.
The Center is in the process of establishing an Advisory Board that will bring expertise and support to CSRD from outside academia, particularly from government and the private sector. The Board will assist in developing priorities for CSRD research and outreach and provide guidance on improving the funding base of the Center. CSRD also works closely with the Office of Public Relations, CNR, on fundraising activities.
CSRD works cooperatively with other centers, institutes and programs within the UC community, including: DANR, Center for Biological Control, Center for Forestry, Center for the Assessment and Monitoring of Forest and Environmental Resources (CAMFER), Institute of International Studies, UC Biotechnology Program, Center for Weight & Health.
For more information about CSRD, contact us by mail, email, phone or fax:
send us information about your related Center/Institute Website.