Energy, Climate & Environment

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Energy, Climate & Environment

Geobiologist Jillian Banfield investigates how microbial communities respond to a changing climate


Energy is the defining challenge of the 21st century. Leading the way on finding solutions to some of the most important global challenges, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab are pooling their vast expertise to help achieve an affordable, sustainable and clean supply of global energy.

Faculty and researchers at UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab are developing renewable and sustainable energy sources, advancing new technologies to help curb energy demand, understanding the implications for climate change and the environment, and formulating appropriate and timely policy responses.

Many research centers and institutes around the campus focus on specific challenges, such as biofuels research at the Energy Biosciences Institute in a unique public-private partnership; sustainable infrastructures programs at CITRIS, energy efficiency and electric grid programs at CIEE; ecosystem analysis based on vast plant, animal and fossil records at the Berkeley Natural History Museums; or policy-oriented research at the Energy Institute in the Haas School of Business. See below for more information on selected research programs.  The Berkeley Climate Change Network brings together many faculty and researchers for interdisciplinary climate projects.

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Learn about the latest research findings emerging from UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab from leading researchers who are developing solutions to the energy, climate and environmental challenges we face. A collection of short videos offers an unusual opportunity to experience the insights of many prominent scientists and policy-experts.  They provide a synopsis of the state of the planet, a better understanding of the most important challenges, and solutions developed at Berkeley – and implemented globally.

Select Programs

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Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Aims to bring about a generational transformation toward the design and use of inherently safer chemicals and materials.
Learn more about BCGC
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Berkeley Climate Change Network

Helps to advance climate research, education and impact at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Learn more about BCCN
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Berkeley Natural History Museums

Millions of specimens in six campus museums provide a wealth of data allowing researchers to discover how organisms evolve and adapt to their environments.
Learn more about BNHM
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Berkeley Water Center

A broad network of researchers working to create more resilient, equitable and sustainable water systems with access to safe water for all.
Learn more about BWC
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California Institute for Energy and Environment

Leverages cutting-edge research, engages with influential stakeholders, and offers hands-on experiences for the next generation.
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Center for Environmental Public Policy

Supports the creation and implementation of public policies aimed at addressing climate change, the key environmental challenge of our time.
Learn more about CEPP
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Center for Law, Energy and the Environment

Channeling the expertise of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.
Learn more about CLEE
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Center for the Built Environment

Where researchers improve the performance of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design and operation techniques.
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CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

A UC research center focused on creating IT solutions that generate societal and economic benefits for everyone.
Learn more about CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
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Energy and Resources Group

Awards MA, MS, PhD, and minor degrees to stu­dents work­ing across dis­ci­plines to cre­ate poten­tially trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet and its peo­ple.
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Energy Biosciences Institute

A unique public-private partnership, develops options for the energy and chemical needs of future generations.
Learn more about EBI
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Energy Institute

Brings together research and curricular programs on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization.
Learn more about the Energy Institute at Haas
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Geospatial Innovation Facility

A facility to enhance the understanding of a changing world through the analysis and visualization of spatial data.
Learn more about GIF
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Institute for Transportation Studies

Develops leading-edge innovations influencing movement of people and goods and advancing sustainability, economic health, and quality of life.
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QB3 Berkeley

Harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms.
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Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory

Focuses on research, development, project implementation, and community out­reach.
Learn more about REAL