Project Description: The Office of Sustainability is granted funds for five communication internships over the next two years. The current student communications team will mentor and train the next generation of outreach coordinators, who will take full reign in year two. This project will continue the efforts begun in the 2009 TGIF Grant Talking Louder About Campus Sustainability.
Goals: Continue efforts to expand the culture of sustainability by certifying green events and departments, grow the readership of bright green news - the Office newsletter, host student sustainability forums, lectures, meetings, tours, and film screenings, and expand content on the suite of sustainability websites and the Office Facebook page. The team will pay special attention to communications around reaching the campus climate target and will coordinate with the new Energy Management Initiative.
Next Steps: The Next Generation interns will continue to work with the Office of Sustainability's Talking Louder About Sustainability campaign during the 2012-2013 academic year, contributing to the monthly issues of bright green news, tabling at campus events, and planning the fall and spring sustainability forums.
The Next Generation team wrote for and published the October, November and January bright green news, assisted with various outreach activities, and met with student environmental groups.
This outreach campaign worked meet the near-term initiatives to advance campus sustainability in areas of energy and climate, water, transportation, food, waste reduction, and purchasing. To do so, the Next Generation Communications Team undertook maintained several existing initiatives as well as begun new initiatives including:
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.
TGIF is a program of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), a functional area of the LEAD Center, a unit within the ASUC Student Union in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Green Initiative Fund Lead Center, ASUC Student Union 102 Hearst MC 4500 Berkeley, CA 94720 firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 642-6827