SERC Membership Program

Are you interested in getting involved with the UC Berkeley environmental community? Want to work on environmental justice education or zero waste advocacy on a team of passionate, like minded individuals? 

Learn more about this semester’s Teams here!

What is the SERC Membership Program?

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, project and event management experience, 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.  The SERC Membership program has grown exponentially in the recent years and we are so excited to continue to offer this program.

In the Fall of 2019, the SERC Membership Program secured a mini-grant from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). The SERC Membership Program will continue expand its program and event offerings, community resources, and environmental opportunities all thanks to this funding!

Teams

The different programs and teams offered through the SERC Membership Program vary year to year but in the past, here is some information on the teams from previous years:

Green Team: The Green Team members work on a variety of projects to contribute toward the University of California’s Zero Waste by 2020 goals. The team is currently working on streamlining the bin infrastructure in the Student Union buildings, developing an employee sustainability training module, and implementing a reusable dishware checkout program for student organizations.

Zero Waste Team: The Zero Waste Team members will work on interdisciplinary projects that work towards the Zero Waste by 2020 goals. We will work on creating environmental education materials and workshops for students, promoting circular economies. 

The Network Team: Would you like to hone your networking skills while helping plan academic and professional events for environmental and sustainability fields? Join the Network Team. Working with this team you will put on events such as panels related to different academic fields or industries, workshops, and work with other environmental organizations on campus to host larger events.

Community Involvement Team: Community Involvement team members work with the Community Organizer within SERC on several projects throughout the semester, and are provided support for individual member initiatives. Our work primarily focuses on climate mobilization for communities around the East Bay.

In the past, SERC Membership teams put on a variety of events!

How do I join?

The SERC Membership Program recruits within the first month of every academic semester.

FAQ

Q: What is the time commitment for the SERC Membership Program?

A: While it varies by team, the SERC members should expect to attend weekly hour long meetings in addition to approximately four hours of additional sustainability focused work outside of meetings.

Q: Do I have to be a freshman to join?

A; No, the SERC Membership Program is open to all UC Berkeley students!

For more questions and concerns, please e-mail serc@berkeley.edu