Dan Kammen participates in Washington DC panel: "Accelerating the Clean Energy Economy: Key Pathways, Policies, and Pitfallsl"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

In the shadow of the Gulf oil spill, the U.S. Senate will soon debate energy and climate legislation that will seek to claim American leadership in the global clean energy race. The question at hand: How can we build the best policy and financing platform to deliver the right outcomes – from short-term job creation, carbon reduction, and clean energy megawatts on the grid to long-term economic competitiveness and energy security?   

On Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00 pm, the NDN Green Project will host a group of NDN fellows, partners, and experts in a real-time review of the status of the energy and climate debate and a discussion of the ideas that can help create a clean energy economy.

To attend this event at NDN or to watch via our live webcast, please RSVP.  The live webcast will begin promptly at 12:15 pm.

Panelists to include:

Dan Kammen participating in "Renewable Energy Policy, post-spill" panel

June, 2010

In his Oval Office speech on the BP disaster Tuesday night, President Obama was expected to call for action on legislation to move the nation away from fossil fuel dependence. But how close are we to having viable, cleaner alternatives? In California, utilities are struggling to meet the state's goal that they provide one-third of their power from renewable resources by 2020. The panel took a look at the most promising developments in the world of alternative energy -- and at some of the obstacles to large-scale adoption.

A supply chain carbon footprint analysis of the University of California, Berkeley

May, 2010

New RAEL analysis of UC Berkeley's carbon footprint: 97% of emissions are indirect

RAEL, in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainabilty, has developed a new hybrid life cycle model to estimate of the carbon footprint of UC Berkeley. Total emissions are 424,000 metric tons for the year 2008.

Carbon Footprint of the UC Berkeley

Direct emissions (Scope 1) are only 3% of the University's total carbon footprint. Indirect emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2) account for 37% of the total, with 60% from other indirect sources (Scope 3). The official UC Berkeley greenhouse gas inventory includes roughly 50% of the total carbon footprint.

Laura Schewel's team wins CITRIS' "Big Ideas" award

April, 2010

Laura Schewel's team won the annual Big Ideas competition of CITRIS. Her Virtual Electric Vehicle Test Drive Project made the co-first place and received an $8,000 award.

Congratulations from RAEL!

Dan Kammen is appointed to be the first Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) fellow

April, 2010
Department of State

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encourages at the recent summit of the Organization of the American States (OAS) other countries in the American hemisphere to tap US academic expertise on clean energy and energy efficiency. For this purpose three leading US scientist were appointed to a special fellowship position at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Nobel laureate Dan Kammen from the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at UC Berkeley was named as first fellow, next to Ruth DeFries from Columbia University and Gerry Galloway from the University of Maryland.

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas was proposed by President Obama in 2009 as a forum for sharing ideas in the Americas in 7 critical areas of engagement: Energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner fossil fuels, energy poverty and infrastructure, sustainable forestry and land use, and climate change adaption.