BERC Energy Symposium 2011
Project Leads: Martin Kemeny, Andrew Hamilton, Darren Woulfe, Alex Luce
Sponsor: Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)
TGIF Grant: $5,000
Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change
Project Description: This project provided funding for green event assistance for the 2011 BERC Energy Symposium, which was held on October 21, 2011 at UC Berkeley’s MLK Jr. Student Union Building. The BERC Symposium is the single largest student-sponsored energy-related event held at UC Berkeley annually. The symposium brings together students, faculty, staff, and off-campus professional to discuss energy and sustainability related issues.
Goals: Use TGIF funds to “green” the BERC symposium, such as providing waste and composting at the event, hiring GO! Team trash-talkers, or using videoconferencing. Attract over 700 participants to the event and record student participation, both attendees and volunteers. Educate event participants about energy and sustainability issues and promote the research and use of clean energy. Host an Innovation Expo the day prior to the symposium that allows campus researchers and scientists to share their work with students and off-campus professionals. Have a carbon-neutral conference through the use of compostables and the purchase of carbon-offsets.