Campus Sustainability

Funded Projects

Campus Bike Infrastructure Inventory

Project Lead: Todd Henry

Sponsor: The Bicycle Committee

TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Transportation and Urban Development

2016 Application Submission 

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Campus bike parking is currently at or near capacity during most days during the academic year, and access to bike parking is a critical need for encouraging more people to bike commute to campus. The goal of this grant is to update the campus bike parking inventory to reflect current bike parking conditions. This data collection will help identify areas that currently lack bike parking, areas with over-subscribed conditions, and support the campus’ efforts to document and improve its bike friendly university status. Immediately, the data can be used by Parking & Transportation’s website to inform people about bike parking locations. The bike committee also hopes to partner with Parking & Transportation and Real Estate to update the campus bike plan and construct new bike parking.

Goals
- Create a geo-coded inventory of campus bicycle infrastructure (bike parking, etc)
- Quantify the number of bike parking spaces (and utilization) on the campus
- Use data to recommend future bike parking projects and support campus' bike friendly university application

Rain Garden for the Grinnell Natural Area

Project Leads: Jaewon Saw

Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety (EHS)

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1986.00

Project Theme: Habitat Restoration & Native Landscaping

Project Location

2016 Application Submission


Status: In Progress

Project Description: When water flows down impervious surfaces such as pavements and parking lots, various urban pollutants accumulate and wash into the water table. The Low Impact Development (LID) approach tackles this problem by adopting the site’s natural hydrology to control the stormwater at the source. As an LID design structure, a rain garden consists of trenches, berms, swales and curb openings that channel the rainwater into its basin. The captured water percolates, taken up by the plants of the garden which break down and remove the pollutants. Controlling the quality and volume of stormwater runoff conserves the local water resource and prevents the erosion of the surrounding infrastructure. Building a rain garden in the Grinnell Natural Area protects the Strawberry Creek – the central waterway of the campus.

Goals: 
- Inspire passersby to adopt sustainable landscaping and irrigation practices
- Encourage on-campus student activism and volunteering
- Improve the water quality of the Strawberry Creek
- Lower peak flows during a rain event to prevent the erosion of creek banks
- Restore the native flora and fauna (e.g. California Roach Minnow)

These Come From Trees

Project Leads: Sruthi Veeragandhan

Sponsor: Office of the ECO ASUC Senator Rigel Robinson  

TGIF Mini-Grant: ​$503.00

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2016 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This project involves putting stickers on paper towel dispensers all over campus (in classroom buildings, in the residence halls and in fraternities and sororities) to remind students that they come from trees. Moreover, paper towels are a huge source of water waste, water pollution, and carbon emissions.

Goals: 
- Raise awareness among the UC Berkeley community about the harmful impact of paper towel production and waste on the environment
- Encourage students and staff to think about the impact and implications of all the disposable products they use on a daily basis
- Prompt a move towards both using less and using reusable alternatives
- Save campus money and protect the environment by reducing use, and spark a conversation about how to live greener lives
 

Greek Recycling @ Berkeley (​GRAB)

Project Leads: Wesley Hopkins, Sohil Kshirsagar, Jacky Lu & May Cui 

Sponsor: Alpha Tau Omega (ATΩ)

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1982.20 

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2016 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Greek Recycling at Berkeley (GRAB) is dedicated to taking on a huge source of waste in our city: the fraternities. The city of Berkeley refuses to collect the recycling from fraternities, so these students have decided to take on the task themselves. The fraternities at Cal throw away an estimated 9000 cans and bottles per week because they simply have had no other choice, until now. Armed with large blue recycling bins, homemade lids, and U-Haul moving vans, GRAB hopes to work together with the Greek system to work toward zero waste.

Goals: 
- Gain 15 member fraternities this school year
- Offer aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper recycling by the end of the grant cycle
- Create a model that is self-sustaining and can be maintained for years, even after the project leaders have graduated

Multicultural Community Center (MCC) Healing and Learning Garden - Phase 1

Project Leads: Claudia Morales Barrera  & Jodie Darensbourg 

Sponsor: Multicultural Community Center (MCC)

TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Agriculture & Food Justice

Project Location

2016 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The MCC Healing and Learning Garden (MCCHLG) project aims to transform the underused patio area on the north side of the MCC (located inside MLK, Jr. Student Union) with accessible raised bed planter boxes. They will plant herbal and edible cultivars that the multicultural community, students, and staff can use for stress reduction from everyday events, anxieties, and to improve their overall sense of well-being on campus. Additionally, the MCCHLG aims to grow produce that student gardeners and community members can use to increase their food security.

Goals: 
- Create an educational and healing​ ​ space​ ​on-campus; specifically, the MCCHLG wants to prioritize this as a healing space for people of color, womyn, queer and/or trans folks, and other marginalized communities who experience race, gender, sexuality, and intersectional identity based anxiety, hostility, and oppression
- Provide opportunities for Berkeley and Bay Area communities to come together to learn, grow, share, and access knowledge about the practice of gardening and the use of herbs and plants once harvested
- Transform the landscape of campus and positively impact the psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being of students on campus 
- Provide space for low-income youth of color to engage with urban gardening; to (re)visualize how to their neighborhoods and communities can be enhanced (which are often concrete landscapes, much like the MCC patio) and transform them into areas filled with vibrant botany
 

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.