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

Admis­sions deci­sions will be announced by March 1, 2015. ERG admits stu­dents only in the Fall term. You can learn more about the grad­u­ate pro­grams at UC Berke­ley and access the appli­ca­tion on the Grad­u­ate Divi­sion web­site here. For more infor­ma­tion on ERG Admis­sions for Prospec­tive Stu­dents, see here.

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: Per Peterson
April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Rein­vent­ing Nuclear Energy: the Role of Molten Salt Technology

Colloquium: Julian Fulton
April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Peak water or endur­ing thirst? Cal­i­for­nia water, vir­tual water, and growth

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sus­tain­abil­ity at Scale: How Do We Look to Man­age Major Plan­e­tary Resources for the Future?

Colloquium: Danny Cullenward
April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Future of U.S. Cli­mate Pol­icy: Build­ing Sus­tain­able Legal Regimes

Colloquium: Cleo Woelfle-Erskine
April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Water­shed Col­lab­o­ra­tions: Entan­gle­ments on com­mon streams


California’s Cleaner Fuel Comes at Cost to Water: Report

Heather Cooley (MS'04) and PhD candidate Julian Fulton release California water footprint report from Pacific Institute. Read more

California could power itself three to five times over with solar

ERG postdoctoral fellow Hernandez with Hoffacker and Field from Stanford publish in Nature Climage Change Read more

Zoë Chafe leads new WHO Report

"We wanted to help policymakers and members of the general public understand that household heating with biomass is a complicated issue," says ERG PhD candidate Zoë Chafe. Read more

Rebekah Shirley Puts Style into STEM

Look who's Ms. April... PhD candidate in calendar produced by ERG alum to inspire young girls toward science and math. Read more


Working on Water’s Next Drop in India

Berkeley News features Political Science and ERG work on water and information issues in Bangalore, India. Read more

Fermin Reygadas Featured in Alcanzando el Conocimiento

Fer­min Rey­gadas (MS'07, PhD'14) is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Fun­da­cion Can­taro Azul, devel­oping water solu­tions in Mex­ico. Read more