Friday, October 12, 2012 marked the official grand opening of the new Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley.
SERC is funded by a 2012 grant from The Green Initiative Fund and was established in the pursuit of the following goals:
- Create the Student Environmental Resource Center as an on-campus physical space for the campus groups and students with interest in taking action to reduce environmental impacts and to raise awareness of environmental issues.
- Use the SERC to discuss ideas and provide resources, tools, and manpower to execute sustainability projects and environmental campaigns.
- Create a small environmental library and computer center for center visitors.
- Provide advising, grant-writing support, project development materials, and employment opportunities.
- Strengthen the collective effectiveness and durability of campus sustainability efforts by providing information, opportunities, and services to students and student groups with an interest in sustainability.
- Provide a physical space for the Zero Waste Research Center, the Plastic Disclosure Project, and The Green Initiative Fund.
The Center is located in the Cal Student Bookstore, near 103 MLK and is open 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday. The grand opening proved to be a success, with students, staff, and faculty flocking to the center to enjoy local, healthy, and sustainably-grown refreshments, and to listen to a presentation from Kristin Hansen, Sustainability Analyst at UC San Diego. Kristin’s presentation, “How to Partner with Students to Propose, Fund, and Operate a Successful Campus Sustainability Resource Center”, is based on her experience working with students at UCSD to establish its Sustainability Resource Center.
“UC San Diego successfully partnered with students to propose and build its first campus Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) in 2009, which has become the ultimate one-stop shop for all things related to sustainability. As a result, The SRC, an award winning space, unites all of the grass roots and administrative efforts on campus, including alternative energy research and social justice efforts, educational and career options, and resources for the public.
This collaborative space realizes the University’s common goals of maximizing campus environmental, social, and economic stewardship through outreach and participation, ultimately providing a model for contributing to local, national, and global sustainability. Within the LEED Gold certified space is a green library, gallery, meeting space, and staff offices which host multiple workshops and tours that draw in as many as 100 daily SRC visitors. The SRC has streamlined efforts, unified students and staff, established new ties with donors, and united green efforts. This was all accomplished on very limited funds. UC San Diego built this innovative and award winning space to share learning experiences with our campus community as they seek methods for uniting and growing green efforts on a limited budget.”
Towards the end of the grand opening, SERC hosted Environmental Clubs and Organizations (ECO) for ECO’s October Forum. SERC is currently meeting with various student environmental organizations and campus staff to create partnerships and offer SERC’s physical space for meetings, workshops, trainings, and other related events.
To learn more about SERC, volunteer with the center, or use the space for your group meeting or event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.