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Affiliated Faculty

ERG has a small core faculty but a much larger group (100+) of affiliated faculty. Affiliated faculty are based in other departments on campus or at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and share ERG’s commitment to shared learning and interdisciplinary work.  They are advisors, mentors, or employers to ERG students, and serve on master’s project, […]

Courses

Please note: This is a full list of ERG course offerings; not all courses are offered each term. For current course offerings, please refer to the online Schedule of Classes. ENERES 98/198 – Energy DeCal Daniel Kammen (Instructor of Record); class conducted by undergraduate students Introduction to energy topics and explore the social, environmental and […]

Faculty by Primary Interest

Areas of Interest Climate Change Ecology Energy Governance Water International Climate Change ERG CORE David Anthoff David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model FUND that is used widely in academic research and in policy analysis John Harte John Harte’s research interests span ecological […]

Summer Instructors

The Energy and Resources Group summer instructors understand the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. All have significant experience teaching and/or professional experience in the subject areas of their courses. For course descriptions and schedule, visit our Summer Curriculum and Schedule page. Instructors listed may be subject to change. SAMUEL EVANS Course: Climate Change Economics […]

Students

Anaya Hall

MS, PhD

Modeling Organic Waste Management for Soil Carbon Sequestration in California (MS ’19) Anaya is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining ERG, Anaya attended the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University where she earned a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food and […]

Sasha Ponomareva

MS

Sasha earned her B.A. in Environmental Analysis with a minor in Spanish from Pomona College in 2014. After this she worked for 5 years for the City of San Francisco, first at the Department of the Environment and most recently at the San Francisco International Airport; she worked on outreach, education, program implementation and infrastructure […]

Luke Sherman

MPP, MS

Luke’s research emphasizes policy mechanisms to encourage innovative technological and management approaches to environmental challenges. Broadly, he is focused on using economics and data science to inform environmental law and policy. Currently, Luke is a Graduate Student Researcher with the Global Policy Lab where he is working with a large team to ensure that satellite […]

Tzipora Wagner

MS

The Role of Stakeholder Networks in Urban Water System Innovation (MS ’20) Tzipora’s is interested in water resources and the role of technology in promoting sustainability, especially in the developing world. Prior to ERG, she worked as a process engineer at Cambrian Innovation Inc, a clean-tech wastewater treatment startup based in the Boston area, where […]

Anna Yip

MS

Anna spent most of her undergrad career studying and analyzing her campus’ ‘Zero Waste by 2020’ goal. She quickly fell in love with the field and plans to dedicate the rest of her career contributing to improving waste systems in the US. Anna holds a BS in Environmental Sciences and a BS in Environmental Economics […]

Alumni

Barton Blum

MA

Organic Waste Recovery in the San Francisco Bay Area: Changing Regulatory and Market Conditions (90 MA)

Nick Clarke

MA

A Discrete-event Simulator to Determine if Public Transit Buses Go Battery Electric Today (MA ’20) A native of Utah, Nick holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He has focused his career on real-time environmental monitoring, previous working at Oberlin College and Lucid on energy and resource monitoring. Prior […]

Christine Demchak

MA

Complexification and Organizational-Institutional Design: The Case of the U.S. Radioactive Waste Program (’80 M.A.)

James Downing

MS

Of Microbes and Membranes: Towards more Efficient Wastewater Reclamation Results from a Pilot Study and an Assessment of Water Reuse Planning Issues. (00 MS)

Jeremy Eddy

MS

Quantitative Analysis and Community Decision-Making: A Case Study of Palo Alto’s Organic Waste Management Decision (’09 MS)

F. Bailey Green

MS, PhD

The Global Environment, A Curriculum for Secondary Schools (’90 M.S.) The Energetics of Advanced Integrated Wastewater Pond Systems (’98 Ph.D.)

Phillip Greenberg

MA

California Radioactive Wastes Inventory (79 MA)

Sasha Harris-Lovett

MS, PhD

Decision Support for Multi-benefit Urban Water Infrastructure (PhD ’18) Sasha Harris-Lovett received a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group in 2018. Her dissertation research focused on urban water and wastewater management, decision analysis for socio-environmental problems, and collaborative environmental planning. She is dedicated to making science accessible to students, policy-makers, and community members. She […]

Christopher Hyun

MA, PhD

With 10+ years of international field experience, 5+ in water and sanitation, as well as project management and professional development in higher ed, I aim to create a better society and environment for all.

Kevin Kennedy

PhD

Local Negotiations in Hazardous Waste Incinerator Permitting: A Comparison of Economic and Communication Models in Four Case Studies (’96 Ph.D.)

Sharad Lele

PhD

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SHARAD LÉLÉ Ph.D. 1993 Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (Bangalore) Sharad Lele never intended to become an academic. And even though his resume is chock-full of scholarly publications, he still believes that applying the interdisciplinary academic knowledge gained at ERG defines ERG’s crucial role. After all, he says, […]

Andrea Mercado

MS

Andrea graduated from UC Merced with a BS in Applied Mathematics on Engineering Mechanics and a minor in Writing. During her time at UCM, Andrea interned for UCM Facilities as a Building Efficiency Intern aiding in UCM’s goal to meet a Triple Zero Challenge of zero net energy, emissions, and waste by 2020. Since graduation, […]

Anita Milman

MA, PhD

Environmental Justice? An Analysis of Air Pollution and Power Plants in California (’04 MA) Bordering on Water Management: Ground and Wastewater in the United States-Mexico Transboundary Santa Cruz Basin (’09 PhD)

Alison Monroe

MS

Nuclide Migration Consequence Analyses for High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal: What Are They Likely to Prove? (’78 M.S.)

Laura Moreno

MS, PhD

Everyday Transformations of Food to Waste: What and Why Food is Discarded in U.S. Households (PhD ’19) From digging through trash to looking inside of people’s refrigerators, Laura researches household-level food waste in the United States with a focus on measurement and behavior. In addition to examining the questions of “what?” and “how much?,” her […]

Ashley Muspratt

MS, PhD

Health, Hygiene and Safe Drinking Water: A Process Documentation of an Education and Technology Intervention in the Behram Slum, Mumbai, India (06 MS) “Don’t Think of ‘Waste’ Water”: Evaluation and Planning Tools for Reuse-Oriented Sanitation Infrastructure (09 PhD)

Diego Ponce de Leon Barido

MS, PhD

Demand-side Knowledge for Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments: Applied Research at the Intersection of Behavior, Data-mining, and Technology (PhD ’18) Links: Personal Website Life at ERG Blog Posts ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Ph.D. 2017 During his time as an ERG Ph.D. candidate, Diego worked on developing information and communication solutions and ubiquitous data products for reducing […]

James Porter

MS

Responses to Environmental Injustice in the Siting of Hazardous Waste Facilities: Public Participation and Legal Strategies (’92 M.S.)

Ross Pumfrey

MA

Recycling as an Alternative to Disposal: A Study of Waste Paper Recovery in the Commercial Sector in San Francisco (’83 M.A.)

Sharada Prasad Chitradurga Srinivasa Murthy

MS, PhD

When the Pit Fills Up: Fecal Sludge “Management” in Urban India (PhD ’18) Sharada’s research is focused on recovery of nutrients, primarily Phosphorous, from human waste, particularly septage, and their reuse in Indian agriculture. His work focuses on under­stand­ing poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions that encourage businesses to facil­i­tate reuse of septage as fertilizer. He is interested […]

Sintana Vergara

MS, PhD

Why do POUs Fail?  Barriers to the Adoption of Point of Use Water Treatment Technologies (’07 MS) Transforming trash:  reuse as a waste management and climate change mitigation strategy (’11 PhD)

Maggie Witt

MS

Maggie’s research focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of transportation by decreasing both the amount that people drive and the per-mile emissions of personal vehicles. Her work focuses on California’s ground-breaking laws to cut the greenhouse gas impacts of driving. Maggie holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. […]

Emily Woods

MS

Impacts of Student-Led Service Learning Water Project in Rural Cameroon (MS’16) A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S in mechanical engineering. A selection of her work includes drilling water wells in Central America, designing solar systems for Yellowstone National Park, and water distribution systems in Cameroon. She began her work in fecal sludge as […]

News

ERG Alum Sasha Harris-Lovett Closely Monitors Bay Area Sewage for COVID-19

COVID Wastewater Epidemiology for the Bay Area Project (COVID-WEB) is a pop-up lab dedicated to monitoring Bay Area sewage for COVID-19, with ERG alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett as one of the several UC Berkeley scientists and researchers heavily involved with the project. The lab analyzes 30 samples each week, contributing valuable data to health officials keeping track of outbreaks in neighborhoods lacking in COVID tests and health care. "Having a regional wastewater monitoring system is like having a fire lookout on a mountaintop,” says Harris-Lovett in the Berkeley News. “We want to be able to see smoke and marshall resources to put out the fire before it becomes an inferno."

COVID-19 Found in Yosemite Sewage — ERG Alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett on Wastewater Monitoring

ERG Alumna Sasha Harris-Lovett was recently featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article reporting traces of COVID-19 being found in the Yosemite National Park's sewage. As the pandemic continues to spread, the article states that more and more communities are keeping watch for the virus in the wastewater.

PhD Candidate Laura Moreno Comments on Food Waste in National Geographic

PhD candidate Laura Moreno, ERG’s resident food waste expert, is featured in an article published by National Geographic this week. Moreno’s research focuses on why household waste is generated, how much, and from what combination of cultural and systemic factors. In the article, she draws on examples of concerns and subtle behavioral habits that contribute […]

Emission-Free Neighborhoods? The Oakland EcoBlock Project Pioneers Residential Sustainability

The College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley spotlighted the innovative Oakland EcoBlock project this week, lead by CED professor Harrison Fraker and ERG chair Dan Kammen. The project, which was featured as one of Scientific American’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017, intends to adapt and apply existing renewable technologies to a neighborhood […]

EU Renewable Energy Plan for 2030 Allows Countries to Cut Down and Burn Additional Trees for Energy

The European Union has set ambitious goals for its renewable energy portfolio in order to drastically reduce emissions by 2030. However, the current version of its plan essentially allows for the deforestation and burning of trees, as a coal alternative, in order to produce energy. A recent report published in The Guardian, co-authored by ERG […]

UC Wins Excellence in Green Power Use Award from EPA

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 […]

Sustainable Design of Communities: Kammen and Fraker in Scientific American

Neighborhood efforts to reduce fossil fuel and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, could go beyond serving as a model for sustainability by providing local construction jobs and revitalizing entire communities.

Friend of ERG and Pioneer of Energy Efficiency Art Rosenfeld

Arthur Hinton Rosenfeld, a close friend to many in the ERG community, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. He was 90 years old. “Art Rosenfeld helped make California the world leader in energy efficiency,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in a statement. “His path-breaking ideas transformed our energy sector from one of massive waste to increasingly […]

Emily Woods – Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

ERG student Emily Woods, CTO and Co-founder of Sanivation, discusses her start-up which converts uses human waste to an affordable and environmentally friendly fuel source.

ERG Student Receives the Global Food Initiative 30 under 30 Award

"One of the main challenges of her generation is 'ensuring the food system provides healthy foods while minimizing its environmental and social impact. [...]'"

ERGie Wins Big Ideas Contest

"ERG grad student Emily Woods took 2nd place in the 'Scaling up Big Ideas' category with her project 'Feces to Fuel.'"

ERG PhD on Forbes 30 Under 30 list Woods

Emily Woods makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her leadership as co-founder of Sanivation, converting human waste into a sustainable fuel source. See the full story and the rest of the list here.

Jones & Kammen compare neighborhood footprints

The first-of-its-kind interactive map was produced by the University of California, Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and covers census block groups –neighborhoods of several hundred to a few thousand households – in the nine-county area. Neighborhoods with relatively high emissions for any component of their carbon footprints show up […]

A Better Way to Look at Building Efficiency

Dr. Kammen interviewed in FuturArc about seeing buildings as systems.

Narain calls for Reinventing India’s Growth

Watch Sunita Narain's "thought provoking and disturbing" conversation during ERG's 20th Annual Lecture co-hosted with the Center for South Asia Studies.

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Anna Yip

Anna spent most of her undergrad career studying and analyzing her campus’ ‘Zero Waste by 2020’ goal. She quickly fell in love with the field and plans to dedicate the rest of her career contributing to improving waste systems in the US. Anna holds a BS in Environmental Sciences and a BS in Environmental Economics […]