Below is the text of ASUC Bill 61a TGIF in support of the TGIF referendum passed with 67% student approval during the 2007 ASUC elections:
A Bill in Support of The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Referendum on the Spring 2007 ASUC Ballot
Authored by Joel Guenther, Becca Jones, Sam Arons, Rachel Barge, Gabriel Elsner, Patrick Ford, Gabriel Harley, Claudia Pingatore, John Stanley, Morgan Wallace, Cyd Bernstein, Roland Saekow, Jenna Beers, Katherine Brittain, and Senators Jane Park and Dwight Asuncion
Sponsored by Senators Jane Park, Dwight Asuncion, Caro Jauregui, Brandon Chen, and Taylor Allbright
|WHEREAS,||environmental sustainability is of vital importance to current and future students, the University of California at Berkeley, and the greater community in which it is placed; and|
|WHEREAS,||the ASUC has exhibited its long-term commitment to sustainability by specifically calling for a Director of Environmental Sustainability in Title 24 of the Bylaws; and|
|WHEREAS,||the current financial model for sustainability projects on campus makes the goal of environmental sustainability untenable for UC Berkeley unless an alternative source of funding is found for these projects; and|
|WHEREAS,||similar mandatory student fees have been passed at other UC campuses such as UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz to address the lack of financial resources for sustainability projects; and|
|WHEREAS,||the level of sustainability of UC Berkeley is not on par with the student body’s support for sustainable development and concern regarding issues such as global warming; and|
|WHEREAS,||TGIF will create a direct avenue for student involvement in and improvement of the material operations of the physical campus; and|
|WHEREAS,||a mandatory student fee to create and sustain TGIF is a proposed solution to the unavailability of financial resources for sustainability projects at UC Berkeley and the want for greater student involvement in setting the tone for the campus’ environmental stewardship.|
|THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,||that the following language below is the contract that the ASUC Senate will forward to the UC Office of the President to consider as The Green Initiative Fund Referendum, given that it is approved.|
|BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,||that the below language be placed on this year's ASUC ballot for consideration of The Green Initiative Fund Referendum by the student body:|
A mandatory student fee of $5 per semester has been proposed to raise funds for projects focused on environmental sustainability at UC Berkeley. The funded projects would focus on:
The funds will be managed by The Green Initiative Fund Grant Making Committee, under the ASUC-Auxiliary. The Committee will award funds to projects proposed by students, faculty, and/or staff based on the following guidelines:
The following mandatory fee will apply to all registered graduate and undergraduate students, and will be governed by UC Berkeley’s standard schedule of refunds. The fee is subject to the following costs and conditions:
|Years||Year Numbers||Cost per Student per Semester|
|2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10||Years 1-3||$5.00|
|2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13||Years 4-6||$5.50|
|2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17||Years 7-10||$6.00|
In accordance with campus policy, one-third of the fee will be returned to financial aid to help offset the cost of this fee for students who are eligible for financial aid.
A mandatory student fee of $5 per semester, increasing by $0.50 in the 4th year (to $5.50) and 7th year (to $6.00) to cover inflation, and terminating after the 10th year, has been proposed to raise funds for projects that address UC Berkeley’s environmental sustainability and its impact on global climate change and that support student-led sustainability efforts. Do you approve of this fee?
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the funds will be managed by The Green Initiative Fund Grant Making Committee under the ASUC Auxiliary; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that The Green Initiative Fund Grant Making Committee will be governed by the By-Laws of the Green Initiative Fund in the custody of the authors and sponsors of this bill.