The 2nd annual Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) Symposium was held last Friday. BERC is one of the few UC Berkeley campus-wide organizations. There are many people from Haas in the group, there are also members from Boalt, Engineering, Public Policy, etc. The main sponsor of this year’s symposium was the respected, if controversial, Energy Biosciences Institute.
The keynote speakers were David Sandalow of the Brookings Institution and John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins. Mr. Sandalow spoke of the growing awareness amongst DC politicians of global warning. You know it’s a great cause for concern if both Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean agree on the matter. Mr. Doerr spoke of his work on alternative energy and carbon reduction. He invited the symposium attendees to email him with any questions. I wonder if he would respond to an email asking “Are you hiring?”
There was a great deal of enthusiasm for alternative energy. Since BERC involves people from across many disciplines, there was a great deal to be learned from so many perspectives on future energy trends.