ERG Associate Professor Margaret Torn was recently granted LBNL’s 2017 Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Scientific category.
“The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals.”
View the announcement here.
Featured Image: Flickr, ‘Advanced Light Source’ – Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the University of California system with the Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its investments in renewable energy, and continued progress toward reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The EPA aims to recognize organizations that “both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and ‘demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement.'”
Quoted on UC Berkeley’s sustainability efforts, Dan Kammen added, “Berkeley has led the way in doing building energy efficiency audits and using this data to design better building control systems.”
Read the Daily Californian article here.
Read about EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards here.
Featured image: Chou Hall in the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, which aims to be the first zero-waste building on campus by 2018 (photo: Kevin Chan – The Daily Californian Staff)
ERG Professor Dan Kammen was quoted in CarbonBrief this week, reinforcing the International Energy Agency’s assertion that renewable energy is emerging as a cheaper and more socially responsible alternative to coal in providing electricity to the 1.1 billion people who still lack energy access.
“Coal doesn’t even deliver the thing for which it’s really been touted for, and that is, bringing people out of poverty because somehow it’s this least-cost fossil fuel source…I really cringe a bit when I see people touting mega fossil fuel projects as the obvious, first thing to look at…Distributed clean energy, time and time again today, has proven to be better, cheaper, more socially and environmentally positive.” – Dan Kammen
Read the full article here.
Last week, Dan Kammen, Diego Ponce de Leon, and Peter Marsters published their analysis of the environmental, social, economic, and community impacts of the shale industry on Mexico. The team also discussed lessons that can be learned from the recent ‘shale boom’ in the United States.
The analysis seeks to inform mainly Mexican policy makers, but also academics, nongovernmental organizations, and the public in general, about the main concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing activities, and the importance of regulatory enforcement and community engagement in advancing sustainability.
To read more and access the study, visit the Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory website.
Image: Mark A. Wilson, 2007
Image: Renewable Riches: How Wind and Solar Could Power DRC and South Africa (2017)
Ana Mileva, Ranjit Deshmukh, and Grace Wu discuss The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) position to harness reliable renewable energy.
“In the analysis Renewable Riches, researchers from the University of California’s Energy and Resources Group modeled the DRC’s best wind and solar sites.
According to the report, the country’s wind and solar potential, measured at 85GW, could address the country’s chronic power shortages and would far surpass the output of the planned 4.8GW Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River. 60GW of that energy could be installed at less than $0.07 per kWh, which makes it competitive with conventional power options, says the report.”
Read the ESI Africa article here, and the full study: Renewable Riches: How Wind and Solar Could Power DRC and South Africa.
Jose Daniel Lara was recently selected to represent UC Berkeley as a fellow for the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI). Jose will foster communication about UC-wide goals to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability through his research on the use of biomass feed stocks to generate electric power.
To learn more about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and Jose Daniel Lara’s project, follow these links:
Carbon Neutrality Initiative
2017 CNI Fellows
Jose Daniel Lara
Featured Photo: EcoAffect 2015
Photo: Lizette Kabré
After a few hectic weeks in the news, Energy and Resources Professor Dan Kammen reflects on his resignation as State Department Science Envoy and highlights the continued importance of renewable energy sources.
Read his most recent statements to UC Berkeley News and Vox.
Kammen has also commented on the effects of climate change on tropical storms, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Find his full statements at the links below:
Town Hall – Congresswoman Jackie Speier
David Anthoff joins previously awarded ERG Professors Isha Ray and Duncan Callaway as a 2017 Hellman Fellowship recipient for his work on the Social Cost of Carbon Estimation for Climate Policy.
For more information about the Hellman Fellows Program, visit the Founders page.
Photo: Adrienne Shih – The Daily Californian
Following President Trump’s decision on Tuesday morning to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and UC President Janet Napolitano announce the UC system’s continued support for undocumented students. For more, read Carol Christ and Janet Napolitano‘s statements.
Further resources for undocumented students regarding DACA can be found here.
ERG Professor Dan Kammen resigned as US State Department Science Envoy on Wednesday morning, August 23. His letter is attached below.
Read more about his resignation at the following links:
UC Berkeley News
The Washington Post
Many other news and media outlets have covered this story.