Project Leads: Elliot Goldstein & Vanessa Fernandez
Sponsor: Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)
ASUC Green Certification Website
TGIF Grant: $33,100 for two years
Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change
2011 Application Submission
ASUC Green Certification Checklist & ASUC Green Certification Purchasing Guide
Status: In Progress
Project Description: This program will encourage and educate student groups about ways to reduce their environmental foot-print through their groups’ activities and behavior. Groups will apply for Green Certification by demonstrating sustainable behaviors listed on the ASUC Green Certification checklist. Once a group has received Green Certification, they will be eligible for additional funding to be used for sustainable purchases listed in the ASUC Green Purchasing and Resource Guide, environmental-themed events, and greening events.
Goals: Within two years, green certify about 50 ASUC student groups who are normally not focused on environmental issues nor practice sustainable behaviors, and outreach to over 2,000 students. Reduce and measure the environmental footprints of ASUC student groups (reduce waste, energy consumption, unsustainable purchases). Work with local sponsors to create direct sponsorship fees or coupons for sponsors’ “green goods” to be used by Green Certified groups for purchases. Submit a Senate Bill that will integrate key sustainable practices of ASUC Green Certification as mandatory for all ASUC-sponsored student groups.
TGIF Blog Posts about ASUC GCP
2011-2012 Year-End Report
2011-2012 Year-End Financials
Next Steps: The ASUC Green Certification Program project leaders will be creating a more inclusive website that will allow the groups to enter login information in order to access a more central database of information on their group, as well as a storage area for receipts, photos and other documentation pertinent to the group. A new website may also help GreenCAT stay in better contact with their groups. Project leaders will also be reviewing the role of GreenCAT Members.
ASUC Green Certification Program Metrics 2011-2012: Points reached on the ASUC Green Certification Checklist
2012 - 2013 Accomplishments
Update, September 2013
TGIF and the ASUC EVP's Office of Sustainability are working to restructure the ASUC Green Certification under the EVP's Office of Sustainability. Discussions have included connecting the program with the Zero Waste Events Certification program to be offered through Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, improving publicity of the ASUC Green Certification Program, creating new, improved student org access to the funding, and securing future permanent funding through the ASUC.
Update March 2014
This program is currently on hold and under reevaluation, given the formation of the new Student Environmental Resource Center. SERC is in conversations with the ASUC to bring this program under SERC.