Events around Berkeley

Events around Berkeley

Check out this page for environmental & sustainability events around the Berkeley community.

Seeking green job listings? Visit SERC’s green jobs postings and attend the following SERC Career Series events!

Interested in professional development events? Visit SERC’s Career Connection Series page.

BFI Food Justice Nonprofits from a Regional Lens

November 17, 2020, 6–7pm PT
Register here.


BFI Food Businesses: The Protein Session

November 12, 2020, 6–7pm PT
Register here.


Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)

October 22, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Hear from a few schools that offer topic-focused programs (graduate school programs in energy, sustainability, and climate) in a more intimate setting. Explore masters, mid-career and PhD programs around the world!
Learn more and register here to join!

Interested in other topics, too? Attend any of the following themed open houses:

  • Business and International Trade – October 13 at 12:00PM ET
  • Development and Conflict Resolution – October 15 at 4:00PM ET
  • PhD Programs – October 20 at 7:00AM ET
  • Energy, Sustainability, and Climate – October 22 at 12:00PM ET
  • Dual Degree Programs 1 – October 27 at 8:00AM ET
  • Mid-career Programs 1- October 29 at 6:00PM ET
  • Dual Degree Programs 2 – November 3 at 6:00PM ET
  • Diplomacy and International Cooperation – November 5 at 4:00PM ET
  • Global Communications and Public Diplomacy – November 10 at 12:00PM ET
  • Mid-career Programs 2 – November 12 at 12:00PM ET
  • National Security and Global Threats – November 16 at 4:00PM ET
  • European APSIA Member Programs – November 19 at 7:00AM ET
  • Science, Technology, and Cyber – November 25 at 12:00PM ET
  • Online and Part-time Programs – November 30 at 6:00PM ET

Taking Sustainability Action in Our New World

October 15, 2020, 11am-12 pm PST; WEBINAR

ABSTRACT: The Hive Think Tank brings you this virtual event where we’ll be hosting an expert panel of sustainability leaders to discuss climate change and the role that businesses play in today’s interconnected world.

*Robert Swan, OBE – Founder, 2041 Foundation; “First person to ever have walked the South & North Poles”
Raised in Yorkshire, England, Robert Swan is the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. After seeing first hand the effects of Climate Change, Robert has dedicated himself to protecting Antarctica and our planet at large. Positive participation and a committed team have enabled Robert to educate and stimulate people across the globe. His contribution to education and the environment have been recognized through his appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth, a Visiting Professorship of the School of Environment at Leeds University and in 1994 he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO.

*Roberta Bowman – Chief Brand and Communications Officer, LPGA (former Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy)
Roberta Bowman joined LPGA’s executive leadership team after serving on their Board of Directors for six years. Bowman currently oversees communications, public relations, television, website/digital, social media, branding, marketing and the LPGA’s creative department. Bowman is a longtime communications and sustainability executive who spent most of her business career at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. She joined the multinational energy company in 1986 and worked there for over 25 years before retiring in January 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. In that role, she served on the company’s Management Committee and led Duke Energy’s integrated response to environmental risks and opportunities. Roberta also serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross NC, Echo Health Ventures and UPL, Ltd.

*MR Rangaswami [Moderator] – Founder, Corporate Eco Forum (CEF)
M.R. Rangaswami is the founder of the Corporate Eco Forum. He is CEF’s catalyst, critic and cheerleader. MR brings the same energy, enthusiasm & impact to the sustainability arena that he brought to his career as a 25-year veteran of the software industry, co-founder of SandHill Group, and founder of the acclaimed Software & Enterprise Conferences. He is also the Founder of Indiaspora a Forum for 100 influential leaders from the India American community.

Guidehouse’s Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure (ES&I) Infosession

October 6, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM PDT

Guidehouse ES&I is one of the world’s largest consultancies focused on clean energy and sustainability issues. Our staff work with a range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, major electric utilities, and state and federal regulatory agencies. We are currently recruiting Juniors, Seniors, and Masters candidates of all backgrounds for 2021 internships and entry-level Consultant roles. Job postings can be found here.

Event info:

Next Tuesday, October 6th, at 5:30pm the ES&I practice will host a webinar where candidates can learn more about the firm and connect with some of our staff. We would like to extend an invitation to attend this session and speak with our team – event info and registration is included below!

Web Link:

Webinar ID: 837-759-043

Alternative Dial-In: +1 (213) 929-4221, passcode 179-586-835

If anyone is interested but unable to attend, please contact Garrett at to set up a (virtual) coffee chat.

Environment & Sustainability Career Series: Environmental Compliance

September 30, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Please join us for this brown bag lunch session where you can chat with 2019 Alum, Linnea Norton, Biological Resource Analyst at Sapphos Environmental Inc. Not only can you learn about her area of work and career path but she can share with you her tips and advice for the job search and share how the shift to the virtual world due to COVID-19 had affected her and her work and share her thoughts and advice about how you can move through this time successfully!

Register here!

Environmental Justice Hack-athon

September 12-13, 2020 (Virtual)

University students and young professionals are invited to come together for an intensive collaboration for environmental justice. The goal? To design innovative projects that support environmental justice and help dismantle systemic oppression and racism through the lens of sustainability.

Join The GREEN Program and Earth Hacks for a 48-hour, virtual hackathon to support environmental justice. Open to all majors!

From September 12 – 13, participants will also gain access to a series of “Agile Talks”, led by leaders in environmental justice and sustainability, while putting their minds together to problem-solve for environmental justice.

Register here!

BERC Energy and Resources 101

Friday, September 11, 2020 9:00 AM-5:00 PM PDT

This event is designed to give you a primer to the clean energy and resources industries through the lens of finance, technology, and policy. We will also have several deeper dives into advanced topics with UC Berkeley experts and BERC alumni.

Session topics and speakers will be updated here as they are confirmed. Tentative schedule (subject to change):

9:00 – 10:15 AM Energy 101

10:30 – 11:45 AM Resources 101

1:00 – 4:00 PM 201 Deep Dives

  • Investor owned utilities and wildfires
  • Minerals for cleantech
  • Hydrogen transportation
  • The state of cleantech venture capital investment
  • Balancing energy and water resources in Asia
  • Game-changing opportunities for carbon reduction

4:00 – 5:00 PM Happy Hour

Register here!

Energize Colleges: Hana Creger

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PDT

Please join us on Wednesday, September 9, from 12-1PM to hear from Hana Creger, who is an Environmental Equity Program Manager at Greenlining Institute.

Please RSVP to to receive the Zoom link.

Energize College Career Trainings

Friday, July 17th, 2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PDT

Please join us on Friday, July 17 from 12-1PM to hear from Kevin Watson, who works in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Sustainable Federal Operations Group. Please RSVP for link.
Kevin has worked in the solar industry since his graduation in 2015, starting out as a solar installer in Arizona. As a Research Associate at LBNL, he provides technical and procurement support to federal agencies that are installing solar. 
If you are interested in learning more about the solar industry, please RSVP to before Thursday, July 16 at 5PM and I will send you the zoom link. 
I really hope you’re able to join us. The solar industry is one that has continued to grow, even through the current economic downturn, and offers meaningful, well-paid careers. And please keep your eyes peeled for our future trainings – we’ve got some great speakers coming up this summer!

Energy & Environment Justice e-Teach-In Event

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 5:00 PM-6:00 PM PDT


People of color and low-income communities are more likely to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other climate change-related weather events. They are also less likely to have the funds to prepare for and recover from extreme weather. Joe Biden is working with Clean Energy leaders to develop strategies to ensure that the clean economy will create jobs that will mitigate the impact of climate change, especially in diverse and varied communities across the nation, and insure that the benfits of the clean economy are equitably shared. Join us in a friendly discussion and open exchange on environmental justice, clean energy and equity.

Event Sign Up Link

American Solar Energy Society Conference

June 24, 2020-June 25, 2020

Each year, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) hosts a national
conference. Due to the pandemic, we have transitioned to a virtual
conference, happening June 24-25. We are passionate about the training and professional development of the future of our workforce: students and
emerging professionals. At the conference, we provide networking
opportunities, sessions, and forums that allow students to learn from

We would like to offer free conference passes to interested students. Please contact Kaycee Chang at for more information on how to register.
Link to the conference: to the schedule: