Researchers working in a range of disciplines and at the leading edge of their fields are drawn to Berkeley to pursue interdisciplinary research and to pioneer new approaches in energy and climate research and thinking. The Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute supports:

  • Senior Research Fellowships for experts in academia, policy, and professional domains
  • Post-doctoral fellowships for individuals seeking to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and work collaboratively to develop new solutions.

The Institute is a key supporter of high-impact cross-disciplinary research projects targeted at impacting business and policy. Such projects have included the American Jobs Project, led by Governor Jennifer Granholm, and BECI’s work spurred by Senator Whitehouse’s Bicameral Taskforce on Climate Change to analyze existing climate-related government agency regulations and re-present the opportunities available to government to take on climate change within those regulations.  

Ongoing Research Projects

Informing Federal Government on Climate Policy – Using Existing Tools to Address Climate Change

At the request of Senator Whitehouse’s Bicameral Taskforce on Climate Change, Professor Steve Weissman and Romany Webb have been identifying action the Executive can take, on the basis of current legal authority, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase clean energy use. The project focuses on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A copy of the DOI report has been published here.

The American Jobs Project

Led by Governor Jennifer Granholm, The American Jobs Project will send teams of students interested in politics, climate, energy and jobs in order to craft strategies in partnership with universities, stakeholders, businesses, and government. The research project will result in a detailed roadmap that will include economic modeling and engineering forecasting for innovative energy jobs creation; the policy recommendations will flow from each state’s incumbent industry and geography.

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