Greek Recycling @ Berkeley (​GRAB)

Project Leads: Wesley Hopkins, Sohil Kshirsagar, Jacky Lu & May Cui 

Sponsor: Alpha Tau Omega (ATΩ)

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1982.20 

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2016 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Greek Recycling at Berkeley (GRAB) is dedicated to taking on a huge source of waste in our city: the fraternities. The city of Berkeley refuses to collect the recycling from fraternities, so these students have decided to take on the task themselves. The fraternities at Cal throw away an estimated 9000 cans and bottles per week because they simply have had no other choice, until now. Armed with large blue recycling bins, homemade lids, and U-Haul moving vans, GRAB hopes to work together with the Greek system to work toward zero waste.

Goals: 
- Gain 15 member fraternities this school year
- Offer aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper recycling by the end of the grant cycle
- Create a model that is self-sustaining and can be maintained for years, even after the project leaders have graduated

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.