Environment

Raising rad awareness

Graphic showing average natural background radiation levels around the world

11/1/2016 Nuclear engineers with the Berkeley RadWatch program have developed DoseNet, an education and outreach tool composed of a network of wall-mounted sensors designed to measure naturally occurring background radiation.

Eco-friendly tiny house

Diagram of tiny house systems

11/1/2016 A team of Berkeley students took two years to build a 171-square-foot eco-friendly house for a statewide alternative housing competition. The tiny house integrates advances in sustainable and affordable design.

Green cities

Plants growing on high-rise building

11/1/2016 The majority of the world’s population is projected to live in cities by the year 2050. Although cities are considered strains the environment, nuclear engineering professor Daniel Kammen see the potential for cities to be models of sustainability.

Concrete thinking

Concrete overpass

11/1/2016 Concrete is the most commonly used building tool — yet one of the most environmentally damaging. Professors Claudia Ostertag, Arpad Horvath and Paulo Monteiro are finding ways to mitigate that.

Wildfire management vs. suppression benefits forest and watershed

Fire-cleared area in Yosemite's Illilouette Creek basin has become a wetland. (Scott Stephens photo)

10/24/2016 - An unprecedented 40-year experiment in Yosemite National Park, led by a team of Berkeley civil and environmental engineers, strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.

Berkeley startup helps people find out what they’re drinking

Drawing of rural well-water treatment system

10/4/2016 California magazine - SimpleWater, launched by a team of Berkeley engineers and entrepreneurs, offers a water-testing and product-recommendation service called Tap Score that helps users of private wells learn about and treat potential contaminants in their drinking water.

Adam Arkin on Big Data and big problems

LBNL molecular foundry

9/2/2016 - Bioengineering professor Adam Arkin digs deep on current and future efforts to to harness the genetic potential of the earth to solve problems in soil quality, water quality, plant productivity, nutrition, and human-impacted health.

Nuclear innovators on campus

Rachel Slaybaugh, nuclear engineering professor and founder of the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp

8/12/2016 - Answering the call for clean energy solutions, the nuclear engineering department hosted a two-week intensive Nuclear Innovation Boot Camp.

Lab to lead new watershed study

The mountainous headwaters of the East River catchment, located in the Upper Colorado River Basin

8/4/2016 Berkeley Lab - Geophysicist Susan Hubbard (Ph.D.’98 CEE), Berkeley Lab's associate director for earth and environmental sciences, will head up a three-year DOE initiative to quantify how mountainous watershed floods, drought, fire and early snowmelt affect the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon and metals.

Bringing clean water to Kenya’s largest slum

Kenyan children drinking water from a fountain

8/4/2016 California magazine - Paul Sagues (M.S.'80 ME), chairman of the Marin-based water systems firm Xio, and energy professor Dan Kammen were part of a high-profile Berkeley-driven team bringing a model clean water project to Kibera, Africa's largest slum.

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