BERC Energy Symposium 2011

Project Leads: Martin Kemeny, Andrew Hamilton, Darren Woulfe, Alex Luce

Sponsor: Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)

BERC Symposium 2011TGIF Grant: $5,000

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2010 Application Submission

Status: Complete

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

2010-2011 Accomplishments
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.

2011-2012 Accomplishments
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:

  1. Innovation Expo: a showcase of the latest energy and resources breakthroughs in the fields of science, engineering, policy, economics, and others presented by researchers at UC Berkeley, LBNL and from our colleagues across the U.S. and beyond.
  2. Energy Symposium: featured nine engaging and in-depth panel discussions and two keynote addresses followed by a post-conference reception.
    1. Goal of the Energy Symposium – The goal of the Symposium was to present to the world all the work being done at Berkeley within the broad spectrum of the energy sector. Discrete metrics for the symposium were total ticket sales, number of poster presenters, number of media professionals in attendance, and number of energy clubs from outside schools in attendance.

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.

  • The TGIF Grant funded the purchase of two badge printers to save paper and ink by only printing badges for those who showed-up at the event. These two printers will allow BERC to print badges as needed at future events rather than order nametags. BERC hosts over 30 events per year and presumably the printers will have sustainability and cost benefits in the coming years.
  • The Symposium itself was as close as possible to carbon neutral – catering used reusable dishware, programs were printed on recycled cardstock, compost bins and recycling bin were provided, and all food material was composted or brought to a shelter.
  • The two-day Symposium and Expo was sold out, with 800 attendees, including an estimated 250 VIP and Media attendees.
  • Over 80 projects presented posters during the posters session.
  • BERC made an estimated $14,000 in profit to be used for future BERC events and programs, including the 2012 Energy Symposium and Innovation Expo.

Event Photos from BERC

Project Photos

Outreach Summary

Final Report


printer compost
Symposium Session in Pauley Poster Session

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.