The Sustainable Products & Solutions (SPS) Program operates as the main research arm of the Center for Responsible Business. Our mission is to drive business relevant multi-disciplinary solutions to tackle sustainability challenges. The Program partners with multiple departments across campus to build on UC Berkeley’s tradition of excellence in sustainability. We engage in applied research (short-term and long-term), stakeholder events and academic courses that explore a variety of topics from an array of industries.
This year, we researched such diverse areas from developing sustainable housing opportunities in Haiti, to understanding the best drivers to promote partnerships between private corporations and local governments. We started out a new research path on energy efficiency, including three new projects. In the natural resources management area, we addressed the forestry sector, financial and social implications of waste conversion projects and gulf remediation techniques. Multidisciplinary aspects of sustainable supply chains covering audit challenges, world-class benchmarks and bioenergy value chains were also investigated. These forward thinking projects lay out a path for innovation and solutions to current sustainability challenges.
For the latest SPS Program Annual Report (2012-2013), please click here.
Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) 2013 coming up on December 6th, 2013. Check our last year’s winners!
The Center for Responsible Business hosted The 5th Annual Conference of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS Conference) on April 29th to May 1st 2013. Check out the keynote speakers!
Check out recap here!
Resources Roundtable on The Future of Urban Water on March 15th 2013. A fruitful exchange of new ideas on how to more effectively tackle the shortcomings of our current water systems and to create a better network for the future.
Check out the full event here!
The Center for Responsible Business recently hosted a "Roundtable On Electronic Supply Chain Social Impact Assessement"
Check out the recap here!
Rachel Simon, a graduate student at UC Berkeley's Lab for Manufacturing & Sustainability, discusses her research on sustainable packaging and metrics for sustainability.
Check out the video here!
Big Ideas @ Berkeley contest winners announced
See who the winners are.