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Mission

UC Berkeley Environmental Network

The Student  Environmental  Resource  Center  (SERC)  is  designed  to  improve  the   collec:ve  effec:veness  and  durability  of  diverse  campus  sustainability  efforts   by  providing  informa:on,  opportuni:es,  and  services  to  students  and  student   groups  interested  in  sustainability.  As  a  one-­‐stop-­‐shop  for  student   environmental  needs,  SERC’s  mission  is  to  advise  and  empower  students  to   tackle  environmental  issues.  Currently  the  student  environmental  community  is   not  cohesive  in  its  efforts,  there  are  few  physical  structures  for  collabora:on   and  resource  sharing  amongst  the  30-­‐plus  student  environmental  groups  and   individual  students  with  environmental  interests.  SERC’s  goal  is  to  ac:vely   create  a  space  which  fosters  collabora:on  helps  students  iden:fy  and   spearhead  their  common  visions  for  enhancing  sustainability  at  Cal  and   beyond.  By  providing  a  hub  for  the  student  sustainability  community,  we  aim  to   provide  a  network  and  create  synergy  among  groups  working  on  key   environmental  issues  such  as  energy  use,  clean  water,  food  jus:ce,  sustainable   inves:ng,  recycling,  upcycling  and  waste  reduc:on.  

Space:

Funding:

In October  2012  SERC  secured  long  a  short  term  space   in  Lower  Sproul  through  the  campus  book  store.  In   March  2013  a  long  term  space  was  secured  through   collabora:on  with  the  Department  of     Environmental  Science  Policy  and  Management   (ESPM).    SERC  is  now  located  in  337  Mulford  Hall.   Over  130  students  faculty  and  staff  aTended  the   opening  events.     SERC STAFF 2012 2013

Partnerships &  Networking:  

SERC has  merged  with  Environmental  Clubs  and   Organiza:ons    (ECO)  and  has  formed  partnerships  with   ASUC  Sustainability  Team  (S-­‐Team)  and  the  Berkeley   Student  Food  Collec:ve  (BSFC).       SERC  has  also  formed  a  formidable  rela:onship  with   the  Department  of  Environmental  Science  Policy  and   Management  and  mul:ple  other  administra:ve  bodies   and  student  groups.        Over  10  organiza:ons  use  SERC  regularly  for  mee:ngs     and  workshops  

Moving Forward  

Accomplishments

Events:

Co-­‐sponsored a  Environmental  Leadership   Workshop  with  Green  Corps   Co-­‐sponsored  three  ECO  forums     Upcoming  Events:   California  Students  Sustainability  Convergence     Environmental  Town  Hall   Green  Speed-­‐Networking  Event     Causes.com  Online  Organizing  Workshop     SERC  Leadership  Retreat        

The Student  Environmental  Resource  Center  has  set  and  achieved  many  goals  in  its  first   year  of  existence.  Our  slogan  is  “Center’s  aren’t  built  they  grow”,  we  have  grown  a  lot  and   would  like  to  thank  everyone  who  has  helped  us  along  the  way.  With  a  long-­‐term  space   and  long-­‐term  funding  almost  secured,  the  SERC  staff  is  exited  to  see  the  future   development  and  the  organiza:on  as  its  leadership  is  replenished.  We  look  forward  to     dynamic  influence  between  the  SERC  and  Cal,  as  the  organiza:on  will  con:nue   its  mission  to  foster  environmental  progress  and  empower  students  to     achieve  their  visions  of  a  more  sustainable  world.      

TGIF: $12,000  was  granted  to  SERC  to  fund  7  core   student  staff  posi:ons:  Director,  Finance  Director,   Communica:ons  Director,    Educa:on  Director,  ECO   Director,  Chief  of  Staff,  and  Chief  Assistant.     CACSF:  SERC  is  currently  in  the  final  stages  of  receiving  a   grant  from  the  Chancellors  Advisory  CommiTee  on   Student  Fees.  SERC  is  being  considered  to  receive   $115,000  of  recurring  funding,  which  will  pay  for  a  full   :me  staff  posi:on  other  opera:onal  costs.  This  grant   will  ensure  the  durability  and  development  of  the   organiza:on.        

DeCal:

Currently 28  students  are  enrolled  in  the  Environmental   Student  Organiza:ons  at  Cal  (ESOC)  DeCal  and  and  is   being  facilitated  by  the  Educa:on  Director.  It  is  geared   towards  incoming  freshman  and  transfer  students   interested  in  ge\ng  involved  with  environmental  groups   and  projects.  The  course  offers  the  contacts,  resources,   and  support  needed  for  students  to  integrate  themselves   within  environmental  ini:a:ves.    

ASUC Bills:  

In partnership  with  CalSERVE  and  Senator  Nolan  Pack,   SERC  has  passed   two  bills  through  student  Government:   SB  –  85:  A  bill  sta:ng  support  for  SERC  from  the  ASUC  to   help  ensure  a   permanent  space  and  resources  for  the  future.     SB  –  10:  A  bill  which  binds  the  ASUC  student   government  to  divest  its     Endowment  of  3  million  dollars  from  fossil  fuels.  This  is   the  only  student   government  in  the  country  to  have  taken  this  ac:on.          

2013 Student Environmental Resource Center Poster  

A 2012 TGIF Funded Project