Let's go fishing

Now that the first wave of midterms is over, you and your friends might want to get away from college life for a day or two. Oakland and San Francisco are the likely destinations to the east, though there is a more humble escape to the west along the Marina — the scenic, sea-breezy pier. read more »


waterWe’re kidding. Please do. However, according to the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the campus can save water through things such as fixing leaks and using low-flow faucets.

At the 8th Annual Sustainability Summit on Tuesday, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau found a reason to pat ourselves on the back and praised the campus for its environmental achievements. He also announced another way in which we can positively impact the environment.

The new plan aims to reduce 2008’s water levels by ten percent by 2020. This endeavor will cost $1.6 million over the course of five years but will return $250,000 a year.

Currently UC Berkeley uses over 600 million gallons of water per year and the residence halls alone have over 47 laundry rooms and 168 washing machines. These are pretty big numbers, but how much water is actually used? Clean clothes aren’t exactly one of the defining features of dorm life.

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Sustainability summit celebrates achievements, sets new water-use target [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]


nextdrop

Oftentimes we forget that our phones are capable of things other than playing Angry Birds or receiving countless text messages from our many exceedingly attractive romantic prospects. (Ha.) And while it may take some effort to see beyond that narrow range of cellular activities, it takes true vision to realize that the technology can become something much more: A possibility at greatly improving the quality of life in developing countries.

That was the vision in mind when NextDrop, a winner of UC Berkeley’s 2010 “Big Ideas” Competition, sought to harness the power of mobile phone networks to provide an up-to-the minute alert system for residents of water-strapped nations. Anu Sridharan, a student and member of the Berkeley-based group, explains the situation in many parts of India: read more »


True story, bro.

Over the past couple of days local blog InBerkeley has posted not one, but TWO somewhat terrifying visuals of Berkeley succumbing to natural disaster. read more »