2011 Grant Awards

Project Name Project Description TGIF Award
Air Handling Unit Transmitters Pilot program to install differential pressure transmitters on air handling units in eight buildings on campus. $21,400
ASUC Green Certification Encouraging and educating student groups about ways their groups can reduce their environmental footprint both on and off-campus. $33,100
Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) Reduce purchase and disposal of single-use coffee cups on campus through the use of a campaign titled “Bring Your Own Mug” (BYOM). $10,000
Cal Greeks Energy Competition- Green Cup Use an energy competition as a way to implement small scale retrofits, reinforce sustainable behavior, and gain visibility for sustainable practices within the Greek system. $8,740
Campus Bicycle Initiative Educational campaign for increasing bicyling as a mode of transportation and knowledge regarding safe bicycling habits; expansion of BicyCal's services. $27,825
Compost Alliance - Bringing Compost to Campus Buildings Design and implementation of campus building composting system. $32,000
Custodial Communications 2011-2012 Bridge the communication gap between custodial staff and building inhabitants in order to promote sustainability efforts, increase mutual respect/communication, and improve morale of both custodians and building occupants. $11,500
Fight the Flow Installation of UZLOW shower valves and educational signs to reduce Unit 3 residents' consumption of water. $3,695.78
Installation of Bottle Refill Stations 2011 Installation of bottle refill stations in campus buildings. $27,000
Low Water Irrigation Install electronic metering and a weather station to conserve water through better management of campus irrigation systems. $38,072
Mercury Vapor Detection Equipment Purchase of new technology for detecting mercury during EH&S clean-ups. $4,497
Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration Continue habitat restoration efforts of Strawberry Creek. $5,000
Sustainability Map Project Creation of an interactive web-based campus sustainability map. $3,000
Talking Louder About Sustainability, Next Generation The Office is requesting TGIF funds for communication internships both for our current team for next year and the next generation of specialists for next two academic years. $6,500
Waste Reduction in the Cal Greeks Community This project aims to reduce the volume of solid waste generated by the Cal Greek community through composting, recycling, and the ReUSE program. $15,345
  TOTAL $247,674.78

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.