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
2010 Application Submission
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.
|2012 Project Poster|
Originally slated for spring 2011, BERC chose to postpone its Energy Symposium until October 20-21, 2011, to be held in Pauley Ballroom in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. The postponement will allow BERC to further solicit panelists, keynote speakers, and project posters, and put forth more design work on the program. BERC submitted a revised budget to the TGIF Committee, allocating its $5,000 towards waste reduction practices for the event, such as recycling and composting receptacles, compostable dining ware, and nametag printing machines. The nametag printers will allow BERC to print as needed, rather than ahead of time for people who may not show, saving on paper and ink resources.
2010-2011 Year End Report
Next Steps: BERC will purchase the TGIF funded materials and host the 2011 Energy Symposium on October 20-21, 2011 in Pauley Ballroom.
BERC held the 2011 BERC Energy Symposium and Innovation Expo October 20th and 21st, 2011 in Pauley Ballroom. The 2011 Symposium consisted of two events:
The 2011 Energy Symposium was the most successful Symposium BERC has ever had. The 2011 Symposium set new BERC records for attendance, sponsorship donations, and media attendance.