These Come From Trees

Project Leads: Sruthi Veeragandhan

Sponsor: Office of the ECO ASUC Senator Rigel Robinson  

TGIF Mini-Grant: ‚Äč$503.00

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2016 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This project involves putting stickers on paper towel dispensers all over campus (in classroom buildings, in the residence halls and in fraternities and sororities) to remind students that they come from trees. Moreover, paper towels are a huge source of water waste, water pollution, and carbon emissions.

- Raise awareness among the UC Berkeley community about the harmful impact of paper towel production and waste on the environment
- Encourage students and staff to think about the impact and implications of all the disposable products they use on a daily basis
- Prompt a move towards both using less and using reusable alternatives
- Save campus money and protect the environment by reducing use, and spark a conversation about how to live greener lives

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.