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 Sep­tem­ber 1, 2015 and 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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Sarawak May See the End of Mega Dams

As an alternative to the current Baram Dam project, Professor Daniel Kammen presented the benefits of using renewable energy instead of mega hydro-dams at a press conference held at Kuch­ing, Sarawak, East Malaysia. Read more

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

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Watch Jonathan Foley, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, at ERG's Annual Lecture give an inspiring message on our risky future. Read more