2009 Grant Awards

Project Name Project Description TGIF Award
Berkeley Student Food Collective Storefront Create a natural and sustainable food cooperative on campus. $91,000
Better Bin
(Discontinued in 2010)
Develop and pilot a bin to separate recycling and trash in residence hall rooms. $3,500
BicyCAL Open and run a student-run bicycle cooperative that offers peer-to-peer bicycle repair and maintenance education in a radically positive environment. $12,000
CLAS Carbon Smart and LEED-EB Certification Project Help CLAS achieve LEED-EB Certification. $5,200
Lawns to Meadows Plan and Implementation Prepare a master plan to convert selected grass lawns to regionally appropriate plants. $40,000
No More Down the Drain Install a sand and sediment trap to reduce and recycle clay and glazes. $2,700
Recycling at Cal Program Increase can/bottle recycling by installing new outdoor recycling containers. $55,000
Talking Louder about Campus Sustainability One-year marketing and outreach campaign to increase awareness among the campus community. $18,250
Water Metering and Sub-metering of UC Campus Buildings Update water meters on several buildings and install efficient toilets in Wurster. $56,000
Wurster Hall Composting Project
(Discontinued in 2009)
Install new sink in Ramona's Café to begin a composting program in Wurster Hall. $3,000
   TOTAL $286,650

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.