Campus Sustainability

Committee

Committee

The TGIF Committee is the decision-making body for The Green Initiative Fund. The committee chooses which projects receive money, approves changes to awards, and guides the general direction of TGIF. The Committee is organized and facilited by the TGIF Coordinator. The Coordinator presents and reports to the Committee all information regarding TGIF funded projects and the TGIF program.


Voting Members

  • One graduate Student appointed by the Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee of the Graduate Assembly (GA)
  • One undergraduate Student appointed by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Environmental Sustainability Director
  • One Student appointed by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) *For the 2016-2017 Committee, we will be replacing this seat with an Environmental Sustainability Community-At-Large position 
  • One undergraduate Student-at-Large, selected by the Grant-Making Committee after the other three student members have been selected 
  • One Faculty member selected by the Academic Senate
  • One Staff member from Administration, selected by the Vice Chancellor for Administration
  • One Staff member from Real Estate, selected by the Vice Chancellor of Real Estate

 
The duties of the voting committee members are to:

  1. Attend monthly committee meetings
  2. Select which projects receive funding during grant review
  3. Vote on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments
  4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees


Non-Voting Members

The Director of Sustainability and Energy, a member of the Committee on Student Fees, and a representative of the ASUC Senate shall attend Committee meetings as non-voting Members, and the Committee shall invite experts/guests to provide information and expertise as needed.

The duties of the non-voting committee members are to:

  1. Attend monthly committee meetings
  2. Provide advice and background information to the committee during grant review
  3. Provide feedback to the committee on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments
  4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees

 

2017-2018 TGIF Committee

Voting Members Name    Bios
Administration

Dave Sorrell

Dave Sorrell holds the position of Cal Parking Department’s Transportation Demand Management and Alternative Transportation Manager. His work on campus includes the development of programs and policies geared to improving transit access in and around campus; as well as the Bay Area at large. Additionally, he utilizes technology and social media in improving transit access for the students, faculty, and staff on campus. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and two advanced degrees (Organizational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University and Public Transportation Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology). In his downtime, he takes solace in transit photography, attending MLB and NBA games, and gaming with his friends from his hometown of Chicago.
Associated Students of the University of California Connor Hughes

Connor is a junior studying Political Science and Economics with a minor in public policy. He has developed a strong passion for sustainable development and has worked on research involving sustainable policy in Southeast Asia. In addition to serving as the ASUC representative for TGIF, he is a part of the ASUC Senate and is an RA at Foothill Residence Halls. He hopes to impact campus sustainability by helping with residential life education and zero waste practices on campus. When he’s not stressing about midterms, Connor loves to bike around San Francisco and play on the Cal Quidditch team!

Undergraduate Student At-Large Representative

 

Vineet J Nair

 

Vineet is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering and Economics with a minor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Originally from India, he grew up in Bahrain and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, thereby developing a strong passion for renewable energy, clean technologies and sustainability - in the wake of depleting fossil fuels and resource constraints. He has worked on research spanning indoor air quality and organic solar cells to sensors for household energy monitoring and efficient printed electronics. In addition to serving as the Undergraduate Student-at-Large representative for TGIF and working as a tutor on campus, he is actively involved in student groups such as BEACN (Bay Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network), BERC (Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative) and Engineering Honor Societies. In his free time, Vineet enjoys hiking and being outdoorsy, traveling and exploring the bay, playing tennis and volunteering!
Environmental Justice Student At-Large Representative

Alexis Hidalgo

Alexis is a third year undergraduate student studying Environmental Science and Society & Environment. She is deeply passionate about integrating environmental sustainability and human development. As well as serving as the Environmental Justice Student-At-Large Representative, she is also working to improve food security on campus through the Basic Needs Security initiative. She is currently working on a thesis that seeks to learn more about the obstacles that farmers face when shifting to sustainable land practices, specifically in terms of increasing native bee populations, so scientists can better understand their perspectives and work with them. Additionally, she has worked on research in several ecological topics and has worked on sustainability campaigns with Climate Reality Project and Sierra Club. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with friends, spending time outdoors, or trying new restaurants
 
Faculty

Isha Ray

 
Coming soon!
Real Estate

Veronica Wong

headshot Veronica is a project manager of landscape and exterior construction projects with Capital Projects. Her first exposure to TGIF was through managing a drought tolerant planting project at Anthony Hall alongside the campus landscape architect. Since then she has been involved with various campus sustainability and environment improvement projects such as the Lawns to Meadow program, restoration planting along Strawberry Creek, and campus path and roadway improvements.  As an alum of UC Berkeley with a degree in Landscape Architecture Veronica is interested in creating sustainable and educational opportunities within the campus landscape with regard to long term planning, maintenance, and stewardship.
 
Graduate Assembly

 

Jonathan Morris

 

Ben is a dual MPP / MS in Environmental Engineering student. He joins the TGIF committee with four years of leadership experience in student groups dedicated to implementing local sustainability projects. Previously, he worked on air quality research at The International Council for Clean Transportation and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also currently sits on the City of Berkeley's Community Environmental Advisory Commission.
 
Non-Voting Members      
Committee on Student Fees

Anisha Dangoria

Anisha is a 3rd year studying Political Economy with a concentration in Infrastructure Development and Urban Planning. In addition to sitting on TGIF as a representative from the Committee on Student Fees, Anisha is active in student organizations such as UC Berkeley Model United Nations, for which she serves as Secretary General, and consults for Venture Strategy Solutions. She enjoys the opportunities TGIF presents in regards to bringing together innovation, policy initiatives and student action on campus together to work towards sustainability, and is honored to serve on the committee for a second year.

Ex-Officio, 
Energy Office

Bruce Chamberlain

 

 
Coming soon!
Ex-Officio,
Capital Projects
Veronica Wong

 

Veronica is a project manager of landscape and exterior construction projects with Capital Projects. Her first exposure to TGIF was through managing a drought tolerant planting project at Anthony Hall alongside the campus landscape architect. Since then she has been involved with various campus sustainability and environment improvement projects such as the Lawns to Meadow program, restoration planting along Strawberry Creek, and campus path and roadway improvements.  As an alum of UC Berkeley with a degree in Landscape Architecture Veronica is interested in creating sustainable and educational opportunities within the campus landscape with regard to long term planning, maintenance, and stewardship.
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability

Kira Stoll

  Coming soon!

TGIF &
Sustainability 
Initiatives
Coordinator

Brian Gialketsis

 

Brian is the TGIF Coordinator. In this role, Brian oversees the campus green fund program. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a BA in Rhetoric and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies. At commencement, he was awarded the Rhetoric in Action Award for his work with Cal's environmental sustainability community. One of his passions lies in bringing together environmental and social justice in a way that environmental programming becomes more accessible to those it has left out historically. In his free time, Brian enjoys anything outdoors, from the beach to the mountains, spending time at the park or hiking, attending live music, hammocking, reading, or visiting with family and friends.



Past TGIF Committees
 

2016-2017

Voting Members Name
Administration Brigitte Lossing
Associated Students of the University of California Ryan Saraie
Environmental Sustainability Community-at-Large Representative  Taylor Lee
Student-at-Large Representative Zoe Cassady
Faculty Duncan Callaway
Real Estate Veronica Wong
Graduate Assembly Ben Gould


2015-2016

Voting Members Name
Administration Brigitte Lossing
Associated Students of the University of California Stephanie Kinser
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Aly Boyce
Graduate Assembly  Ben Gould
Faculty Duncan Callaway
Real Estate Todd Henry
Student At-Large Representative Amaia Schultz
 



2014-2015

Voting Members Name
Administration Denise Cronin
Associated Students of the University of California Keilan Rathjen
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Pallavi Sherikar
Graduate Assembly  Phillip Braddock
Faculty Celine Pallud
Real Estate Todd Henry
Student At-Large Representative Pascal Polonik



2013-2014

Voting Members Name
Administration Denise Cronin
Associated Students of the University of California Judy Li
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Cheyenne Overall
Student At-Large Representative Nicole Kush
Faculty Celine Pallud
Facilities Services Kevin Ng
Graduate Assembly Cara Tovey
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Prakash Stec
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2012-2013

Voting Members Name
Administration Kira Stoll
Associated Students of the University of California Jacqueline Hsu
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Brynn Cook
Student At-Large Representative Shilpa Sure
Faculty John Chiang
Facilities Services Kevin Ng
Graduate Assembly Daniel Riffe
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Conner Nannini
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh



2011-2012

Voting Members Name
Administration Kira Stoll
Associated Students of the University of California Kailin Lu
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Rachel Chang
Student At-Large Representative Mauricio Castillo
Faculty David Jenkins
Facilities Services Lin King
Graduate Assembly Autumn Petros-Good
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Deanna Alwafai
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2010-2011

Voting Members Name
Administration Greg Haet
Associated Students of the University of California Elizabeth Heredia
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Courtney McDonald
Student At-Large Representative Varun Pande
Faculty none
Facilities Services Sara Shirazi
Graduate Assembly Damien Bickett
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Rachel Tenney
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2009-2010

Voting Members Name
Administration Greg Haet
Associated Students of the University of California Kaitlin Jaffe
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Xander Lenc
Student At-Large Representative Annie Davis
Faculty Max Aufhammer/Cris Benton
Facilities Services Sara Shirazi
Graduate Assembly John Mikulin
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Shaan Sheth
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung



2008-2009

Voting Members Name
Administration Lisa McNeilly
Associated Students of the University of California Katherine Brittain
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Shawn Orgel-Olson
Student At-Large Representative Morgan Wallace
Faculty Cris Benton
Facilities Services Judy Chess
Graduate Assembly Karen Weinbaum
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Kristina Punwani
TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung



2007-2008

Voting Members Name
Administration Fahmida Ahmed
Associated Students of the University of California Christina Oatfield
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Kelley Payne-McKanna
Student At-Large Representative Morgan Wallace
Faculty Ed Arens
Facilities Services Judy Chess
Graduate Assembly John Stanley
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Kristina Punwani

 
 

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.