Sustainable Laundry at University Village

Project Leads: Lludmila Moran, Omsri Bharat, & Tavie Tiptonnature village logo

Sponsor: Nature Village, PowerSave Campus

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,851.50

Project Theme: Water Conservation & Tap Water

Project Location

2012 Mini-Grant Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Funding will be used to purchase 50 drying racks to implement a sustainable laundry campaign with the Green Family Network pilot program. Grant funding will also pay for educational materials and a student intern. This project will pilot the use of drying racks and provide residents with information about sustainable laundry habits and efficient ways to air-dry clothes. The communication efforts during this pilot will emphasize the economic savings, the benefits for the clothes, and the reduction in carbon emissions.

Goals: With this project, Nature Village aims to save electricity in University Village through the reduction in use of dryers, the promotion of air drying, and the promotion of sustainable laundry habits. Nature Village will also evaluate the level of adoption of the drying rack and will gather the necessary information to provide drying racks throughout the entire Village, if the pilot proves successful.

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2012-2013 Accomplishments

  • Nature Village and PowerSave Campus partnered to promote the use of drying racks by University Village residents. Drying racks can be used to air-dry clothes, thereby avoiding electricity consumption when drying clothes.
  • The original drying-rack model proposed in the grant application was discontinued by the company. The project leaders are investigating alternate similar models. 
  • Pre- and post-surveys will be conducted with the Green Family participants to assist with the metrics calculations.

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.