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University of California, Berkeley – UC Berkeley is a founding partner of the East Bay Green Corridor and is one of the world’s leading public research institutions in renewable energy and clean-tech innovation. The campus is a trailblazer in the new field of energy bioscience through the establishment of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) in 2007, the world’s first research facility solely dedicated to this scientific field.

Each year, several startup companies are produced by campus researchers that incubate and expand in the East Bay and infuse the region’s green economy through business development and job creation. The university also contributes its academic resources in the areas of environmental public policy, land use and market trends analysis, labor and infrastructure research, which strengthens the region’s intellectual and competitive capacity as the nation’s epicenter for green innovation.

UC Berkeley
Michael Cohen
Director, New Technology Management and Commercialization
Office of Technology Licensing
(510) 643-7201

UC Berkeley
Julie Sinai
Director, Local Government and Community Relations
Office of the Chancellor
(510) 643-5296

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Founded in 1931, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was the first U.S. Department of Energy national lab and is now the 13th largest employer in the East Bay, producing some 120 new inventions each year and stimulating startup companies. Lab scientists engage in a broad spectrum of basic and applied research including important work on climate change, novel industrial materials and energy efficiency. Some examples: The Lab created the science that produced Energy Star labeling and is responsible for the science supporting the majority of 22 new federal appliance standards. More than half of all windows sold in the U.S. have an energy saving coating developed by Berkeley Lab. The Lab is the lead partner in the Joint Bioenergy Institute, which is studying new, sustainable ways to produce fuels from such plant sources as switchgrass.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Sam Chapman
Manager, State and Community Relations
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(510) 486-6536

Armando Viramontes
Government & Community Relations Representative
Public Affairs
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(510) 486-6251

California State University, East Bay – California State University, East Bay serves the region with locations in Hayward, Concord, and Oakland, as well as online. Rated a "Best in the West" college and “Best Business School” by the Princeton Review, CSUEB offers more than 100 fields of study and is a leading producer of teaching, technical, business, public administration, and health professionals. With a focus on meeting the East Bay’s growing need for a skilled technical, green workforce, CSUEB is transforming into a center of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering teaching and learning, as well as a demonstration site for sustainability in academic programs and practice.

Cal State University East Bay
Derek Aiken
Director of Government and Community Affairs
California State University, East Bay
(510) 885-4121

Peralta Community College District - The Peralta Community College District is comprised of four institutions of higher learning. The College of is nationally recognized for meeting the educational needs of a diverse community. Laney College, in the heart of multicultural downtown Oakland features a talented faculty and dedicated staff, not to mention a new state-of-the-art technology center. Merritt College offers quality education in the East Bay Hills and boasts programs in Community Social Services, Environmental Studies, and Landscape Horticulture. The urban campus of Berkeley City College offers university preparation and occupational training classes. The College of Alameda features Aviation Maintenance Technology, Apparel Design, Automotive Technology, and various ESL programs.

Charles Neal
Energy & Environmental Sustainability Manager
Peralta Community College District

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