As we all know, UC Berkeley is a campus rife with student-led organizations and clubs. Many would agree the sheer number of opportunities provided through these organizations is a part of what makes UC Berkeley so great. UC Berkeley is a leader in statewide sustainability efforts, much of which can be attributed to the diverse amount of environmental groups present on campus. However, too much of a good thing can be bad, and Berkeley students’ lack of a focal point of contact for all sustainability groups and clubs is a campus-wide issue that the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) is attempting to rectify.
On Friday, March 1, SERC held a Grand Opening event in Mulford Hall to celebrate securing a location in 337 Mulford. After 3 months of negotiations with the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department, SERC team-members worked to reserve a 3 year temporary office space that will eventually be in Wellman Hall. In the meantime, 337 Mulford will offer a good area for campus sustainability clubs to convene for meetings and other forums. SERC will eventually be located in the new Lower Sproul area, once the redevelopment is completed in 2015. The event was a relaxed, social gathering with an array of delicious refreshments provided by the TGIF-funded Berkeley Student Food Collective.
A variety of students involved in SERC, STeam, ECO, and other environmental organizations attended the event and exchanged conversations. The event concluded with a presentation by SERC co-founders Noah Puni, Nolan Pack, and Mauricio Castillo, detailing the organization’s successes and future goals, and was followed by a tour of the new office. Continue reading