SHAC Consulting

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Summary of Approach

SHAC Consulting is the latest group established under the Sustainable Housing at Cal umbrella organization! We currently have two main operations – internal infrastructure development is focused on creating our playbook, sustainability framework, and project lifecycles tool, and our external client partnership projects work with clients from city governments to budding non-profits.



  • Create a SHAC Playbook to facilitate future project replicability and development within the organization
  • Develop sustainability frameworks that integrate with SHAC project lifecycles to assess and improve environmental and social justice measures in projects, pulling from SHAC’s DeCal Living Futures: Regenerative Environmental Design, various building certification programs, and social impact assessments
  • Implement project deliverables for partnered clients using expertise from SHAC projects and team’s researched insights

Role within SHAC

SHAC Consulting plays a critical role in the development of SHAC as an organization and its two main projects, Solar Decathlon and THIMBY (Tiny House in My Backyard). Through the production of deliverables that synthesize the work done to date by SD and THIMBY, SHAC Consulting serves as the glue that unites the two teams through collaboration toward a common goal. As an organization dedicated to sustainable housing, sustainability and equity are at the heart of SHAC’s mission. SHAC Consulting aims to advance SHAC’s values of energy, accessibility, scalability, and education by giving future club members and other people and organizations access to a robust compilation of research, hands-on experience, and guidance surrounding the most effective strategies for designing and constructing sustainable, just homes.



Directors of Consulting – Swasti Johri & Amanda Tsang

  • Oversee SHAC Consulting and its role within SHAC, coordinate with SHAC Board and SHAC Project Managers
  • Spearhead the development of the SHAC Consulting projects
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community partners and clients
  • Lead and run meetings and work sessions, set agendas and timelines
  • Coordinate with project members to ensure timeline is being met

Consultants – apply here

  • Assist in the development of the SHAC Playbook, Sustainability Framework, and Project Lifecycle projects
  • Actively engage in the research and writing process
  • Work with SHAC partners and clients in impact areas of social/environmental policy and justice, community engagement and education, and sustainable building systems/technology


  • Passionate about sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and justice in the built environment
  • Knowledge of climate science, building design, construction, affordable housing, education, public health, and/or social and environmental justice
  • Strong verbal, written, and/or graphic skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently as a self-starter
  • Attention to detail and highly organized, critical thinking
  • Ability to commit to 2-4 hours of work/week

SHAC is an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley with a shared passion for sustainability in the built environment.

We are a student group acting independently of the University of California. We take full responsibility for our organization and this website.    

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