Energy, Climate & Environment

Prominent UC Berkeley geobiologist Jillian Banfield explores field site to study climate change

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; climate adaptation at the Climate Readiness Institute; 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 institutes, centers, and programs. A comprehensive directory is available here.

Selected Programs

Energy Biosciences Institute
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The Energy Biosciences Institute, a unique public-private partnership, develops options for the energy and chemical needs of future generations.
Climate Readiness Institute
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The Climate Readiness Institute develops climate adaptation solutions to build the Bay Area’s capacity for action and to help inform and inspire cities worldwide.
Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute
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The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute promotes interdisciplinary research by integrating science, technology, business and policy.
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.
i4Energy Center
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i4Energy brings together a community of experts who are defining and carrying out research to yield IT solutions for our energy future.
Energy Institute
The Energy Institute at Haas brings together research and curricular programs on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization.
Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory
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The Renewable Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory focuses on research, development, project implementation, and community out­reach.
Cal Energy Corps
The Cal Energy Corps offers summer internships to UC Berkeley students in the design, development and delivery of energy and climate solutions around the world.