Era — Faster forward to a better future

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Era, the Environmental Resilience Accelerator, confronts the challenges of environmental change by innovating and implementing scalable solutions so people can thrive with nature. Era convenes broad research teams with partnering collaborators from industry, government, and the community. New projects selected from proposed ideas have support for up to five years — underscoring the urgency to reach results.


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Future Water

Today’s water infrastructure wasn’t built for 21st-century challenges, let alone those of the next century. We have to secure new water sources and means of storage — from reusing purified waste water or recharging underground aquifers to removing salt from sea water for drinking.

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Healthy Land

To feed our rising population, we must grow more food on less land and not disrupt natural ecosystems. Focusing on soil health as the vital link in productivity, we can develop ways to restore nutrients, capture carbon, and conserve water. We should also balance the important ecological role that fire plays with the equally important need to safeguard our communities from wildfire risk.

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Sustainable Cities

More land in our cities goes toward transportation than to housing. We must think beyond car-based cultures to make cities much more adaptive to accelerating changes in our environment, living patterns, and energy sources. We have the chance to initiate a massive transformation in accessibility, urban land use, transportation policy, and energy efficiency — reimagining cities to enhance health and equity while encouraging low-carbon living.

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October 28, 2019

2019 Philomathia Forum: Port & Freight Decarbonization

Changes in transport technology, evolving shipping practices, and policy developments on climate and environmental justice create an urgent need for market-relevant research to accelerate goods-movement and maritime port decarbonization.  This conference will forge new collaboration among freight industries, equipment manufacturers, government, university centers and community leaders on efforts to achieve zero emission port and freight operations. 

This two-day conference is designed to identify a research agenda and roadmap on freight decarbonization. The first day of panels and presentations is open to the public. The second-day will be devoted to work group meetings and is by invite only. Zero Emission Ports & Freight is part of the Philomathia Forum Energy & Environment series. The Philomathia Foundation advances UC Berkeley’s research in energy and climate research.