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How to prevent gentrification and displacement in the fight against climate change

Miriam Zuk, director, Urban Displacement Project | September 29, 2015

Where you live makes a big difference in your access to public transit, and to opportunities. Right now, all over the state, we’re seeing displacement and gentrification; lower-income people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods and away from that access. Though this is particularly salient in the San Francisco Bay Area market, it can … Continue reading »

Is ‘sustainable’ attainable?

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | February 22, 2013

Our new program, the Master of Development Practice, emphasizes ‘sustainability’ — but what exactly is it? Last week, we hosted a panel of 5 faculty experts to address this question. It was agreed that sustainability means that all humans are able to maintain a decent standard of living, akin to say, Costa Rica (neither Switzerland … Continue reading »

‘Vision’ for development practice education

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | October 29, 2012

In 2009 UC Berkeley received a grant from the Macarthur Foundation to establish a professional Master degree in development practice (MDP) and after overcoming all of the bureaucratic hurdles, the first cohort joined campus this fall. The MDP is, in essence, an MBA in sustainable development. It includes classes in development and resource economics, project … Continue reading »

Rio+20 and network governance

Dan Farber, professor of law | June 25, 2012

Although I was in Rio last week, I was miles away from the actual negotiations, both geographically and metaphorically.  But, as it turned out, the side events were at least as important as the actual negotiations. This is an interesting phenomenon.  Some big international negotiations like World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings attract protesters, but the … Continue reading »

Making Rio+20 a success

Daniel Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy | April 5, 2012

By Morgan Bazilian, Alan Miller and Daniel M. Kammen “Out of the sighs of one generation are kneaded the hopes of the next.” — Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian novelist, poet, and playwright (1839-1908) The June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly referred to as Rio+20, provides the global community an opportunity for a … Continue reading »

Hooray for sustainable development

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | December 9, 2011

While this may seem like a cheesy title it represents a newly acquired appreciation for the term ‘sustainable development’. Years ago, my Dean asked me to join the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and as a young faculty member I did not fully comprehend what it meant but I knew that one shouldn’t refuse the … Continue reading »