SERC Membership

Whether you’re an individual student looking for personal development or a student organization working towards greater organizational capacity, SERC Membership provides individual students and student organizations with the support and opportunity to actively participate in a collaborative, inclusive sustainability community.

Spring 2019 Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 1st, 2018

What is SERC Membership?
SERC Membership was piloted in Fall 2016, with the goal of providing individual students the opportunity to help build a collaborative, inclusive student community around sustainability. We aim to preserve institutional memory around environmental projects, build a more cohesive community, and get new students plugged in to existing events. Members will have access to various membership benefits, including structured volunteer opportunities, leadership development, and social events. Members will be able to join different committees led by SERC staff members based on their skills and interests. This is an opportunity to work with other like-minded individuals to research & compile resources, get hands-on experience with project management and plan events for the environmental community.

SERC Spring 2019 Teams:

New Teams

Community Involvement Team
Coordinator: Jed Lee
Objectives: The Community Involvement Team is designed to get members to both learn more about the field of community organizing and be more involved in the broader Berkeley/East Bay community.
-Hoover Elementary School Engagement: Consistent outings to Hoover Elementary school and helping plan the Earth Day Festival Event
-Potential collaboration with Carbon Crew and/or Senator Office on environmental organizing at the state level
-Organizing students around larger climate actions

Social Media Team
Coordinator: Zahira Chaudhry
Objectives: Using various social media platforms and outlets, the team will unify coverage for the UC Berkeley environmental community in a central location. Participants will be able to choose which platform they would like to use while engaging with the environmental community and highlighting their stories and accomplishment with creative online content.
-Podcasting: Members will work on interviewing, recording and producing a weekly/biweekly podcasting highlighting the various environmental groups at UC Berkeley contributing to social environmental change on campus.This subgroup will have the highest time commitment.
-Event coverage: Members will be “photojournalists” and cover environmental events on campus through photos, videos (Instagram stories) and short interviews that will be released on the various SERC social media platforms. This subgroup will have a higher time commitment.
-General social media handle management: Members will handle daily management of the SERC Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Duties include promoting SERC events via Facebook, weekly themed posts on Instagram such as ‘Mammal Crush Monday’ and ‘Fishy Friday, and retweeting relevant environmental news stories. This subgroup will have a lower time commitment and work can be done remotely.
-Newsletter: Members will be responsible for collecting and organizing content from SERC staff for the monthly newsletters in a Mailchimp template, newsletter performance and brainstorming new newsletter content categories. This subgroup will have a lower time commitment and work can be done remotely.

Returning Teams

SERC Outreach Team (recommended for new folks)
Coordinator: Colette Cosyn-Kang
Objectives: Our team aims to create impactful and educational events programming to engage students in environmentalism. Our work revolves around principles of sustainability and equity, leadership development, events planning, and community building.
– Organize and execute educational/social events for the broader environmental community through SERC
– Collaborate with other student orgs to plan Earth Week 2019 (4/22-4/26), one of the largest environmental events on this campus!
– A great fit for SERC Members who love to meet new people, enjoy working in a team, and are interested in getting acquainted with other environmental organizations on campus.

SERC Carbon Crew (Carbon Neutrality Team)
Coordinator: Dante Gonzalez
Objectives: Striving towards Carbon Neutrality by 2025, Carbon Crew is working tirelessly to change campus infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions, and educate campus members on the goals of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative. To achieve this, Carbon Crew is split into four mini-teams, each with specific goals and projects that are working towards creating real change:

-Food Team: Our Food Team works closely with the Cal Dining Sustainability Team and our Dining Halls to promote plant-forward recipes that are healthy, tasty, and less carbon intensive through fun Sampling Events.
-Campus Engagement Team: Our Campus Engagement Team hosts events, tabling activities, workshops, etc. to inform our students about what the Carbon Neutrality Initiative is and how they can get involved. This team also created the long-term photo campaign #whatcarbonneutralitymeanstome to demonstrate that students are interested in achieving carbon neutrality and want to actively participate in the process.
-CO2 RE (CO2 Reduction and Education) Team: Our CO2 RE team is developing K-12 carbon neutrality curriculum to teach at willing local schools. This team also creates infographics, educational materials, and any other resources needed at our events.
-Public Relations Team: As a new addition to our crew, this team will be dealing with all types of media surrounding carbon neutrality. We hope to have staff members taking pictures at events, creating graphics and advertisements, writing articles for our SERC blog, updating the SERC newsletter on what Carbon Crew is doing, preparing posts for the SERC Facebook page, and running our sustainability instagram!
Learn more about our team here: https://serc.berkeley.edu/carbon-neutrality-2025/. Excited for you to join our team!
SERC Zero Waste Team
Coordinator: Jenny Chiu
Objectives: Our team will strive to help the campus reach its Zero Waste by 2020 goals by creating a cradle-to-cradle campus waste management system via both upstream and downstream methods. This is meant to be a mentored/collaborative space where members can be introduced to or delve deeper into the zero waste world and its implications both on campus and internationally.
– Both hands-on (support for 3D Printer Filament Recycling, Plastics Research Facility, E-waste Recycling, etc.) and more information research work are available
– Projects and involvement are meant to be tailored to member interests, so we are open to any kind of zero waste-related project

Leaflet (SERC Blog Team)
Coordinator: Nils Jepsen
Objectives: Our team aims to create a Berkeley-specific environmental publication that covers the intersectionality of sustainability, politics, and ecology on both the UC Berkeley campus and on a larger regional, national, and global scale. We are the only environmental outlet on campus and are thereby dedicated to covering on-campus environmental discourse in an unbiased, clear, concise, and ultimately inspiring mode. We ultimately hope that our coverage and writing is translated into action and activism. Our blog is split into 3 different teams:
-Green Politics and Justice: Covers local + international environmental politics, justice issues, racism, policy, activism, and law.
-Green Worlds: Covers ecology, agriculture, food, science, and research.
-Green Culture: Covers green consumerism, events, advice, film + arts, book club, and fashion.
The positions available within each team are editor, staff writer, and social media/photographer.

Baseline Semester Membership Requirements:
– Attend 1 or more SERC-sponsored events
– Attend a SERC Member Orientation at the beginning of the semester
– Attend SERC Member Team meetings (2x/month)
– 5-8 hrs/month commitment

New members, apply here. 

New members must attend one of the following orientations, held in MLK Jr. Student Union BNorth:

-Monday February 4th, 8-9PM

-Thursday February 7th, 7-8PM

Returning members, apply here.