Announcing Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) Reporting Change

(Berkeley, CA) The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) will report directly to the ASUC Student Union Executive Director Daryl Ansel beginning Monday, October 31, 2016 in support of SERC’s continued growth and progress in impacting campus and global sustainability. This reporting change will be tested as a pilot from October 31, 2016 – June 30, 2017, and was approved by the ASUC Student Union Board on October 27th, following a proposal and full support from LEAD Center Director Joan Iva Fawcett, ASUC Student Union Executive Director Ansel, and SERC Director Katherine Walsh.

 

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Background

SERC cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future. SERC was founded by students in spring 2012 and flourished as a student project with funding from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) and advising from then TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh. As the new ASUC Student Union and LEAD Center formed in fall 2012, SERC and TGIF proposed to the ASUC Student Union the elevation of SERC from student project to functional area within the LEAD Center, the hiring of a full-time staff SERC Director, and the moving of TGIF under SERC. The proposal was accepted by the ASUC Student Union and funded by a 2013 recurring grant from the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees (CACSSF).

Thanks to the support of the LEAD Center and the finances to hire career and student staff, SERC has grown exponentially since its 2014 functional area formation within the LEAD Center. SERC now includes 2 career staff and 21 student staff, 15+ programs, 50 TGIF projects, 40 student organizations, and numerous volunteers. SERC also secured 1350 sq. feet of space through the 2015-2016 MLK Jr. Student Union Basement Space application process. The Center is slated to open in fall 2018 upon completion of construction.

With the summer 2016 arrival of new Executive Director Daryl Ansel and the ASUC Student Union beginning its second year of operation, the reporting change provides an opportunity for SERC to enhance its existing partnerships within the ASUC Student Union and further the concept of the ASUC Student Union as a “living laboratory” for sustainability.

 

About ASUC Student Union Executive Director/Associate Dean of Students Daryl Ansel

Daryl Ansel, a fellow Golden Bear (Economics ‘83) joined the campus July 11, 2016.  Daryl was formerly the Director of Food & Beverage for UCLA, where he championed an award winning sustainability program at UCLA Dining Services. He was instrumental in the development of Bruin Plate, the healthiest dining hall in the country and a LEED Silver facility, and was awarded a 2014 Sustainability Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.  Daryl looks forward to supporting the continued growth of SERC and the advancement of students’ sustainability initiatives.

 

Campus Impacts

No Changes to Student Services: The SERC Director position will remain the LEAD Center Advisor to environmental and sustainability registered student organizations (RSOs).

No Changes to SERC Staff or Programs: Other than the SERC Director position now reporting the ASUC Student Union Executive Director and not the LEAD Center Director, all SERC staff reporting lines will remain the same and all existing SERC programs will continue to function the same.

Communication Changes: SERC will now be referred to as “The Student Environmental Resource Center at the ASUC Student Union.”

Enhancing Sustainability at the ASUC Student Union: The new reporting line will support and enhance SERC’s existing partnerships with ASUC Student Union colleagues, and further efforts to make the ASUC Student Union a “living laboratory” for sustainability.

 

Inquiries can be directed to SERC Director Katherine Walsh at serc@berkeley.edu.

Katherine Walsh

Katherine Walsh is the Director of the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley.

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