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What is Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives?

The aim of this category is to encourage the adoption of clean energy alternatives that are sustainable and have the potential for broad impact.  Proposals may focus on the design, development, or delivery of sustainable energy solutions and can be domestic or international in scope.  However, all proposals should clearly demonstrate the relationship between the proposed intervention and its impact on the environment.

Solutions may focus on several areas, including but not limited to: (1) clean, renewable energy technology; (2) land/watershed management; (3) climate change adaptation; (4) ecosystem recovery and/or maintenance; (5) source reduction/waste prevention.

Examples of proposals that would fit into this category include:

  • A project to accelerate governance, policies, laws, or commerce to spur clean energy alternatives.
  • A program to create economic growth based on alternative energy production.
  • A proposal that integrates carbon sequestration into the design process to create better, more environmentally beneficial, buildings.
  • An initiative focused on low-cost clean energy solutions that foster adaptation and resilience to climate change.

Category Specific Rules

The “Clean & Sustainably Energy Alternatives” category is open to all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley.  Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.  For additional information about general contest rules, timing, and how to apply, please refer to the Contest Application Requirements.

Past Winners

Rotors in Motion

Smart Building

More Winners

Category Specific Resources

Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative

Berkeley Research on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment

United States Global Change Research Program

California Energy Commission Energy Efficient Building

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

USAID LAUNCH Competition

XPrize Foundation: Energy & Environment Prize Group


The Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI)
BECI acts as a central coordinating hub for energy and climate efforts at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Labs and to integrate interdisciplinary energy and climate efforts.

The Blum Center for Developing Economies
The Blum Center links world-class faculty, inspiring new curriculum, and innovative technologies, services and business models to create real-world solutions for developing economies.