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UC Berkeley Climate Innovation Day
June 26, 2023

Cohost with UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, and in partnership Sustainable and Impact Finance

Spend one day in-person on UC Berkeley’s campus and engage with leading professors to learn about low carbon innovation and opportunities through a mixture of lectures, field trips and workshop discussions. The UC Berkeley Climate Innovation and Asset Management Day encourages peer learning and communication.

The program consists of onsite field visits to UC Berkeley, startup accelerators including Berkeley SkyDeck and Bakar BioEnguinuity & Bakar Labs, and a low-carbon innovation program with UC Berkeley faculty members, climate policymakers from California, leading world scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and corporates advancing climate innovations in Silicon Valley.


This event is a 20-person application based invitation only private group program for corporate leaders interested in decarbonization, its related business opportunities, and family offices interested in asset allocations in the low-carbon space.

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Who Should Participate

Corporates leader (Minimum: $20M in revenue or 100+ employees)

  • Your corporate is interested or already in decarbonization as business opportunities

  • Your corporate is interested in or is already setting up its decarbonization targets 

  • You are in a decision-making role for corporate low-carbon-related strategy. Or you are in the decision making role in a corporate venture or corporate innovation department


Family office or allocator (Minimum $100M) 

  • The family office is interested in or already allocating in decarbonization as a potential area of investments 

  • You can either work for a family office or you are allocating on behalf of your own family

Prof. Daniel Kammen
Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL;, and was Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 – 2015.

He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. He began service as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016, but resigned over President Trump’s policies in August, 2017. He has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Prof. Kammen was the lead IPCC Author, which was a part of the 2007 Nobel Prize. 


Field Trip

Innovative Genomics Institute by Prof. Jennifer Doudna

Director of Asset Management, Builders Vision, Walton Family Office 

The Innovative Genomics Institute believes in the potential of genome engineering to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems.

The IGI is composed of diverse researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Davis. Together, our scientists have powerful combined expertise. They conduct world-class research, driven by the real possibility of using genome engineering to treat human diseases, end hunger, and respond to climate change.

Prof. Jennifer Doudna is a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for her work on CRISPER, and a Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology.


Field trip
Prof. Jeffery Long's Lab
College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Research in the Long group focuses on the design and controlled synthesis of novel inorganic materials and molecules toward the fundamental understanding of new physical phenomena, with applications in gas storage, molecular separations, conductivity, catalysis, and magnetism. We employ a range of physical methods to analyze and characterize our materials comprehensively, including by gas adsorption analysis, X-ray and neutron diffraction, various spectroscopic techniques, and SQUID magnetometry.. 

Prof. Long group's research have broad climate technology implications, including and not limited to hydrogen, ammonia, batteries, and CCUS. 

Professor Long was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  

Speaker and Workshop Moderator
Bruce Hao
Director of Asset Management, Builders Vision, Walton Family Office 

Builder Vision is the family office of the Walton Family that is dedicated to allocating its wealth to carbon neutrality while generating market return. 


Bruce Hao is the Managing Director at Builders Asset Management and leads strategic initiatives and investments spanning the energy transition value chain — from cleantech innovation and grid modernization to renewable asset deployment at scale. He also collaborates closely with colleagues at Builders Vision and across the industry to identify ways for achieving energy transition and climate initiatives beyond investing. Bruce also leads Builders Asset Management’s portfolio analytics efforts.


Field trip
Prof. Junqiao Wu's Lab
Department of Material Science and Engineering
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Wu's materials science research focuses on semiconductors, electronic materials and thermal energy. Wu's research in semiconductors has led to major discoveries in the field, such as indium gallium nitride alloys have bandgaps spanning the entire near infrared to ultraviolet spectrum, electrons in vanadium dioxide conduct energy without conducting heat, a temperature adaptive radiative coating that automatically switches thermal emissivity, as well as a range of applications in solar cells, infrared imaging, photonics, and thermoelectrics. 

Prof. Wu's research group have broad climate technology implications, including and not limited to solar cells, energy efficiency coatings, and smart materials. . 

Field trip
Bakar BioEnguinuity Hub & Bakar Labs

Berkeley and QB3 have combined forces to launch Bakar Labs, a life science-focused incubator for startups developing innovative technologies to benefit society.


Bakar Labs helps founders and early-stage teams focus on the science as efficiently as possible, reducing barriers to commercializing their discoveries. Baker Lab nucleates a community of founders and partners who can help founders succeed, pursuing a double bottom line of profit and social good.


Field trip
Berkeley SkyDeck

Berkeley SkyDeck is UC Berkeley's global hub for entrepreneurship. Skydeck supports startups founded by UC Berkeley students, alumni, and faculty who are seeking to bring their scientific and technical discoveries to market, and commercialize groundbreaking UC Berkeley research.

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