The Energy and Resources Group

ERG is a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity of grad­u­ate stu­dents, core fac­ulty, over 100 affil­i­ated fac­ulty and researchers across the cam­pus, and nearly 500 alumni across the globe. We award MA, MS, and PhD degrees to stu­dents work­ing across dis­ci­plines and depart­ments to cre­ate poten­tially trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet and its peo­ple. ERG is a world-renowned pro­gram with a 40-year his­tory of out­stand­ing research, edu­ca­tion and out­reach to gov­ern­ment, indus­try, and civil soci­ety at the state, national and inter­na­tional levels.

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ERG Admissions

Appli­ca­tions to the Energy and Resources Group Master’s and PhD pro­grams for Fall 2016 will open on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2015 and will close on Fri­day, Decem­ber 4, 2015 at midnight. ERG will accept let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion until Jan­u­ary 8, 2016. For more infor­ma­tion please go to ERG Admis­sions.

To access the appli­ca­tion and for addi­tional infor­ma­tion on UC Berke­ley grad­u­ate school admis­sions and fund­ing, please go to Berke­ley Grad­u­ate Divi­sion. Inter­na­tional appli­cants will find valu­able infor­ma­tion at Berke­ley Inter­na­tional Office.

For ques­tions con­tact erggrad@​berkeley.​edu.

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ERG stu­dents and fac­ulty work across dis­ci­plines and depart­ments to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet and its peo­ple. Forty years of ERG research has advanced the fields of global change ecol­ogy, renew­able energy deploy­ment, effi­cient energy sys­tems, eco­log­i­cal eco­nom­ics, and equi­table and afford­able access to water and energy. Donate now to sup­port ERG’s unique cul­ture of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and teach­ing for a sus­tain­able envi­ron­ment and a just society!

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COLLOQUIUM: Jim Williams
September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Deep Decar­boniza­tion Path­ways: Tak­ing 2°C Seriously

COLLOQUIUM: Peter Alstone
September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Peter Alstone is a Ph.D. can­di­date of the Energy & Resources Group.


Go Small and Go Home: UC Berkeley Team Working to Create an Affordable Housing Fix

ERG grad student Ian Bolliger talks about Cal team's tiny house project in Richmond. Read more

WorldAffairs: “What’s it like to worry about every drop?”

ERG associate professor Isha Ray shares about the reality of life with restricted water access. Read more

Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution”.

ERG Professor John Harte was featured on Environmental Health News speaking of how the implementation of sustainable energy will play an important role in future food security. Read more

Obama’s Clean Power Plan is finally out, but scientists say the work’s just begun.

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen was featured in two magazine publications regarding Obama's Clean Power Plan and the impacts it might have on the U.S. population. Read more


Kammen on Al Jeezra: Companies profit by going green

Watch ERG professor Dan Kammen explain how going green is more than just good publicity. Read more

Peter Gleick ERG 2015 Commencement Speaker

Watch President of the Pacific Institute & ERG alumnus Peter Gleick's (MS '80, PhD '86) stirring keynote speech. Read more