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Awards & Recognition

2015

The following TGIF projects were accepted to present at AASHE 2015:
  • Nature Village: Engaging Multicultural Families in a Collegiate Setting
  • UC Berkeley Plastic Disclosure Project
  • Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior (Nature Village and SERC)
  • Student Sustainability Centers and Office’s 3 R’s: Resources, Role, and Revenue (SERC)
  • The PAC 12 Road to Zero Waste Competition (SPROUTS and Zero Waste Research center)
  • Transforming Waste Management through Upstream Strategies (Zero Waste Research Center)
  • Fast Food Waste Streams and Zero Waste Goals: Opportunities at the Interface of Town and Gown (Telegraph Green)
  • Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus (SPROUTS)
  • Integrating Composting and Recycling in University of California Berkeley Residence Halls
  • Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses: A Campus Sustainable Housing Solution (THIMBY)
  • Marketing-Minded Videos to Improve Waste Diversion and Sustainability (VaMWD)

The following TGIF projects were accepted to present at CHESC 2015:
  • Student-Led Energy Efficiency Efforts in Housing, Labs, and the Restructuring of Financial Incentives (LED Microscope Retrofits)
  • Rethinking Waste: Innovative and Integrated Approaches to Waste Diversion (VaMWD)
  • Sustainability Programming for Campus Housing: Teaching Conservation and Behavior Change (Nature Village)
  • Eliminating Plastics from Food Service and Understanding Where Our Plastics Go (Telegraph Green Business and Zero Waste Research Center)
  • Indoor Composting in Campus Residence Halls (Expanding Zero Waste in Residence Halls)
  • Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus (SPROUTS)
  • SERC (Exhibitor Booth)
  • Tiny House in My Backyard (Poster)
  • Breaking Barriers to Student Leadership and Sustainability Initiatives (SERC)

Berkeley POWERSAVE Campus won a 2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Program category at CHESC for their TGIF funded project LED Microscope Retrofits. This is the third TGIF funded PowerSave Campus project that has won in this category since 2012. 

TGIF funded projects SPROUTS, the Zero Waste Research Center, and SERC helped UC Berkeley win the 2015 Inaugural Green Sports Alliance Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge, achieving a 95.7% diversion rate during the March 1st Cal Men’s Basketball Game. UC Berkeley also won the RecycleMania Game Day Challenge for the third year in a row for the same game. Congratulations!

TGIF was represented during 2015 Stay Day Conference Panel Session "Modeling the Way: Using SERC and the Sustainability Student Community as a Case Study for Enhancing Student Belonging and Community".

TGIF funded project SERC won a 2015 CACS Sustainability Award for enhancing a culture of sustainability at UC Berkeley and supporting student environmental leadership.

TGIF project leader Megan Maurino won a 2015 CACS Sustainability Award for student leadership of Berkeley Water Group and the TGIF funded project Low Water Irrigation, Stages I and II. Megan also assisted SERC with the TGIF funded project Campus Tree Inventory.

TGIF funded project Tiny House In My Backyard won a 2015 CACS Innovation Grant.

TGIF funded organization Engineers for a Sustainable World won a 2015 CACS Innovation Grant.

Five TGIF funded projects were presented at UC Office of the President during a UCOP May Breakfast Student Sustainability Poster Session.

TGIF project Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project was dedicated on April 8, 2015 in memory of Steve Maranzana, former EH&S Manager and Cal alum. Steve was an incredible and inspiring champion of both Strawberrk Creek and student sustainability leadership at UC Berkeley. He is truly missed by all of us at TGIF and SERC, and we could not be more proud, nor have found it more fitting, that this project was dedicated in his memory. Steve's legacy with the creek will live on in perpetuity.



2014

Twenty TGIF funded project were presented at UC Office of the President during an April Earth Day Sustainability Expo and UCOP April Breakfast Student Sustainability Poster Session.

TGIF funded project Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project received much needed funding from UC Berkeley's Capital Renewal Program. TGIF is grateful to Sally McGarrahan and Capital Projects for this support.

Multiple TGIF and SERC projects were invited to present and take part in the poster session at AASHE 2014:

  • Zero Waste Events: A Sustainable Approach to Event Planning
  • Order Matters: Waste Audits and Bin Configurations
  • To Know Your Building, Know Your Waste: The Importance of Waste Audits
  • Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley's Student Environmental Resource Center: Presentation here
  • Green Fund Programs: Implementation and Improvement Networking Event, co-facilitated by Western Washington University Green Energy Fee (GEF)

 

Multiple TGIF projects were invited to present at CHESC 2014 and CHESC Student Summit 2014, including:

  • UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Research Center
  • Growing a Student Environmental Resource Center: Presentation here
  • Plastic Disclosure Project
  • Refills Not Landfills: Bring Your Own Mug to Campus


UC Berkeley retained its title for the the 2014 RecycleMania Game Day Challenge thanks to the efforts of TGIF funded projects SPROUTS, Zero Waste Research Center, and SERC.

TGIF Project Leader Eli Perszyk was awarded a 2014 CACS Sustainability Award.

TGIF funded organization Student Organic Gardening Association won a 2014 CACS Green Fund Grant.

TGIF funded project Berkeley Student Food Collective was nominated in the Best Grocery category of the 2014 Best of Berkeley Awards.

 

2013

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-authored How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation with the Campus Green Fund Collaborative. The guide was published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

TGIF Project Leaders Shannon Davis, Hanna Miller, Kristen Klein, and Areya Behrouzian were accepted to present at the 2013 AASHE Conference. Davis and Miller presented "Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits" based on the 2012 TGIF Funded Project. Klein presented a poster about TGIF funded Zero Waste Research Center and Behrouzian presented a poster on ReUSE.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to present at the 2013 AASHE Conference. She presented "Green Fund Implementation Guide- Campus Green Fund Collaborative" with fellow members of the Campus Green Fund Collaborative.

PowerSave Campus won a 2013 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Category for its TGIF funded project Fight the Flow. 

Five TGIF funded projects were selected to present at the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

  • Zero Waste Research Center: Developing Upstream Solutions
  • Break the Mode: Sustainable Campus Transportation
  • Nature Village, Sustainable Student Family Housing
  • UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Pilot Project (Wurster Hall Waste Management Project)
  • Institutionalizing Composting on a University Campus: UC Berkeley's Compost Alliance


TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was awarded a 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA).

UC Berkeley won the 2013 Game Day Challenge for "Diversion Rate" at the Cal vs. Stanford Basketball Game on March 6th, thanks to the efforts of the Zero Waste Events Team, Compost Alliance, and the Waste Audit Team.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present Grant Writing Best Practices at both the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Spring 2013 Convergence and the 9th Annual Energy Efficiency Summit.

TGIF funded project Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek won a 2013 CACS Green Fund Grant.

Two TGIF project leaders and one TGIF project were awarded 2013 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Nature Village
  • Kira Stoll
  • Monica Harnoto

 
"Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager. Kira has been a sustainability champion her entire career at Berkeley, first as the campus Transportation Planner and now in the Office of Sustainability. Kira has been an active member of CACS since the beginning and Co-Chaired the committee in 2011. She is both a big-picture thinker and detail-oriented, contributing to campus-wide initiatives while also producing results and accomplishments day-to-day. Some successes this award is recognizing her for include co-authoring Berkeley's first bicycle plan and zero waste plan, managing Berkeley's annual greenhouse gas inventory, producing the monthly Bright Green News, and mentoring countless students."

"Monica Harnoto, UC Berkeley B.S. Environmental Sciences, spring 2013. Monica is never merely content with the status quo and constantly inspires and motivates colleagues to think of new and innovative ways to improve sustainability in Cal Dining. One of Monica's most notable projects has been Chews to Reuse -- a reusable to-go container program in dining halls. Before Monica created this program, the residential dining halls provided patrons with compostable to-go containers made from sugarcane plant fibers. Starting out as a pilot, the program has now been expanded to all dining commons, in large part due to Monica's strategic implementation ensuring the program was simple for students to use."

"Nature Village: Nature Village is a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of University Village residents, students, staff, and campus sustainability groups that work together to promote sustainable living practices at the University Village. In its inaugural year Nature Village launched three programs including the Green Family Program –with 50 families participating in pilots for energy and water saving tools like low flow shower heads and racks for air drying clothes. In the long term, Nature Village seeks to create a replicable model for institutionalizing sustainability in student family residential units, particularly for the UC system and more broadly for universities in the U.S."


Celebrate 10 Years of UC Berkeley Sustainability by reading Cathy Cockrell's article from the UC Berkeley News Center and viewing a slideshow of campus sustainability efforts. The article also includes a timeline of UC Berkeley Sustainability Accomplishments, including the founding of TGIF.

PowerSave Campus published an energy conservation competition best practices guide, entitled "How-To: Organize and Run a Greek House Energy Savings Competition Guide".

TGIF was invited to become a member of the City of Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

The TGIF Coordinator position was added as an ex-officio position on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

 

2012

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was selected as the 2012 Staff Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh is accepted to present at the 2012 ACUI Conference. The presentation was entitled "How Campus Green Funds Promote Student Leadership".


Two TGIF Project Leaders were awarded 2012 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Morwenna Rowe
  • Sruti Bharat

 
"Morwenna Rowe: Morwenna has been the Berkeley team lead for the Green Campus interns since her sophomore year. As part of her work with Green Campus, she co-facilitated multiple semesters of their 2-unit Energy Conservation and Efficiency DeCal. She also led many initiatives such as the McCone Hall lighting retrofit, the "Shut the Sash" fume hood competition, and a vending machine miser project."

"Sruti Bharat: Sruti was a member of the Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator Program as a freshman and went on to work on the Building Sustainability at Cal project as an intern in Stanley Hall and then took over the next year and a half as intern coordinator. She also worked to help make CITRIS a Green Department.


UC Berkeley becomes the first university in the world to join the Plastic Disclosure Project thanks to 2012 TGIF Grant Award Zero Waste Research Center. 

PowerSave Campus and Greening the Greeks won a 2012 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Category for its TGIF funded project Green Cup Competition.

TGIF became an official partner of the Beverage Alliance, charged with facilitating the annual Beverage Alliance Sustainability Grant Project.

TGIF was invited to become a member of the UC Berkeley Zero Waste Working Group.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was invited to represent the ASUC Auxiliary on the UC Berkeley Environmental Management System Committee.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was selected as October Stakeholder of the Month by PowerSave Campus.

Cal Dining and TGIF Funded Cal Dining Sustainability were recognized by the EPA on America Recycles Day for their food waste programs and Chews to Reuse reusable to-go containers. Read about the event in the UC News Center.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present during two sessions at the 2012 AASHE Conference- Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started and Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty-Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up.

TGIF co-founded the Campus Green Fund Collaborative with University of Vermont, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, McGill University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Texas at Austin.

CalTV covered TGIF funded project Food Day 2012. Watch the video footage here

 

2011

One TGIF project leader and one TGIF funded project were awarded 2011 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Kimberly Lam
  • Berkeley Student Food Collective

 
"Kimberly Lam currently holds two campus positions directly involved in reducing energy use and waste. With Green Campus, Kim currently leads a "laundry project" - that educates students to use cold water washing cycles to save energy, and co-teaches The Energy DeCal class where students learn about the impacts of our energy consumption and alternative energy technologies. Kim is also a student manager of ReUSE, where she expands the free material exchange program by adding additional stations on campus."

"With over 50 active members, the Collective provides fresh, healthy, sustainable, and ethically produced food at an affordable price to Berkeley students and the community. Opening last fall in a storefront on Bancroft, the collective offers fresh fruits and vegetables (most grown within 150 miles), stocks organic and bulk foods, and offers "real food" options close to campus. An additional goal is to educate people about the positive impacts they can make by choosing sustainable food. The Collective does this through a DeCal class and sustainability events."


TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to host a Green Fund Networking Session and present a TGIF Program Poster at the 2011 AASHE Conference.

UC Office of the President featured a story on the UC's TGIF programs, including TGIF at UC Berkeley.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present at the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Spring 2011 Convergence. The presentation was entitled "How to Start a Green Fund on Your Campus".

2010 TGIF Grant Winner Compost Tea at UC Botanical Garden won Care2 and Changent's Gardening for Change photo contest. Check out the winning entry!

Grist Magazine featured a story on TGIF funded project the Berkeley Student Food Collective. 

 

2010

2008 TGIF Grant Winner Building Sustainability at Cal was profiled in the U.S. Green Building Council's Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement publication on page 4 (7 of 26).

One TGIF project leader and one TGIF funded project won 2010 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Rebecca Andersen
  • I Heart Tap Water

 
"Rebecca Anderson, an Environmental Specialist in EH&S (Environment, Health & Safety), takes it upon herself to go beyond compliance and strives to help Cal achieve sustainability in its operations and to be an example for other institutions to follow. She is a founding member of University Hall's Sustainability Committee, is active in the campus effort to bring LEED certification to existing buildings, works with Building Sustainability at Cal students, and founded the Green Building Working Group. Rebecca brings enthusiasm and expertise to whatever she does and energizes others to take action."

"The "I Heart Tap Water" Campaign is a partnership between Cal Dining, Recreational Sports, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), and University Health Services to promote the drinking of tap water as the preferred beverage of choice - for the environment and for health reasons. The Campaign educates the campus through a website, Facebook, posters, and an on-line pledge to make a difference. Key to the success of I Heart Tap Water was the testing of over 450 water fountains to allay concerns about water quality. The group's efforts have so far reduced campus usage of plastic water bottles by at least 25%."


TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung was accepted to present two presentations at the 2010 AASHE Conference- Strategies for Supporting Student Sustainability Grant Projects and Student Green Fee Management and Project Implementation.

The Berkeley Student Food Collective was featured in the AASHE Bulletin under "Co-Curricular Education".

 

2009

One TGIF funded project won a 2009 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Award: "The Building Sustainability at Cal Program – a student initiated and run program - trains students to help reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings by educating building inhabitants and identifying structural and operational changes that can be made to buildings and campus operations. The program started in May 2007 with one student in one building and has expanded to 40 students working in 23 buildings and 4 campus-wide projects. A pilot program has also taken the campus activities out into the community by working in the Berkeley Civic Center building. In addition to greening the campus, this program is training a generation of people who have the knowledge and expertise to be able to evaluate the environmental impact of existing buildings, whether they use it in their personal or professional life."

 

2008

The Green Initiative Fund Committee won a 2008 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Award:  "TGIF Grant Making Committee (group): The eight-person Grant Making Committee of the Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. It was created to administer the grants made possible by the $175,000 of annual funds generated by the $5 student fee referendum. This committee strengthens the sustainability dialogue across different constituencies on campus and each member of the team contributes a unique perspective and expertise as the team works to select the most promising grant proposals. In this critical first year, the committee did an amazing job of publicizing the grant opportunity, making classroom announcements, building e-mail lists, hosting info sessions, and spreading the word via their peers. Their work paid off as 28 grant proposals totaling over $1.2 million were received. In parallel with managing the grant-making process this year, TGIF's team also had to develop all other processes and necessary parts of its organizational infrastructure. This energetic group has have paved the way for TGIF to make great contributions to campus greening for years to come."

Chancellor Birgeneau mentioned The Green Initiative Fund in his testimony to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate. Chancellor Birgeneau's testimony examined strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at U.S. colleges and universities.

 

2007

UC Berkeley student Rachel Barge won a 2007 Brower Youth Award for her involvement with co-founding The Green Initiative Fund at UC Berkeley.

The Green Initiative Fund referendum passed
 in the 2007 ASUC elections.
 

Press

Email Icon TGIF is now a program of the Student Environmental Resource Center and has rolled its e-newsletter into the weekly SERC e-newsletter. Subscribe to the SERC e-newsletter here.

You can still visit the TGIF e-newsletter archive.  PDF newsletters from 2010-2012 can be found here.
TGIF Blog Link Check out the SERC Blog for the latest stories on student and campus initiatives, TGIF projects, and more!

 

TGIF in the News

May 5, 2016
In the Daily Cal's 2016 Graduation Issue, TGIF staff members were invited to contribute a piece about the 2015-16 year's accomplishments, in addition to briefly describing the success of the TGIF Renewal Campaign. TGIF announced its 11 Spring 2016 Grant Cycle funded projects. 

April 9, 2016
Daily Cal article featuring all four refenda that passed in the 2016 ASUC elections, including The Green Initiative Fund renewal bill. TGIF is funded for another ten years!

March 3, 2016
Daily Cal article stating that the TGIF referendum bill was voted by the ASUC to be put on the 2016 ASUC elections ballot.

May 7, 2015
TGIF funded project LED Microscope Retrofits wins a 2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Program category. Read the news from the Office of Sustainability & Energy.

April 2015: TGIF funded project WattTime was featured in the Sustainability: Journal of Record, Vol. 8 No.2, April 2015 Issue.

November 17, 2014
TGIF provided 2013 and 2014 grant awards to Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project. Check out this article and video from Berkeley Engineering for an update on the construction phase of the project!

October 7, 2014
Daily Cal article on a TGIF project: Students work to restore Strawberry Creek dams.

July 28, 2014
Daily Cal article on a TGIF project: SOGA works hard to maintain the student garden.

July 17, 2014
Read UC News Center coverage of the TGIF funded project "Reinventing Stormwater: a Tour of the UC Berkeley campus".

June 30, 2014
The Green Sports Alliance wrote a story entitled Cal Bears Striving for Sustainability our sustainability efforts within Athletics and Recreational Sports Facility.

June 26, 2014
Daily Cal article on a TGIF Project: Berkeley Student Food Collective powers through summer.

May 9, 2014
Thanks to a 2014 TGIF Grant, the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley and Chinook Book have teamed up to create a sustainable living mobile app that is available for FREE to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. SERC provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future, and Chinook Book has long cultivated a network of sustainable local merchants. Together, we provide indispensable tools and deep discounts to make green living easy and affordable.

The app provides resources and discounts: bike maps, events, links sustainability organizations, and over 200 mobile coupons from sustainable local merchants. Our Special Edition app serves SERC's core mission of strengthening the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community.

SERC's TGIF grant will fund 2 student staff who will create campus-focused educational and resource content for the app. It will be a new communication tool for SERC to promote our student community and campus sustainability efforts.

In the meantime, enjoy the 450 free coupons! Some of the many represented businesses you may recognize are Saturn Cafe, Mikes Bikes, Gather, SF Soup Company, the Berkeley Student Food Collective, Smart Alec's, and Urban Ore.

Get the app here: http://chinookbook.net/serc

May 8, 2014
Did you miss the 2014 CACS Sustainability Summit? You can watch the summit here.

May 1, 2014
The Berkeley Student Food Collective won a 2013 TGIF grant to create Trash to Treasure: A DIY Book for Reducing Home Waste.

April 25, 2014
UC News Center covered the 2014 CACS Sustainability Summit, including the the poster session featuring TGIF projects. Read the article here.

April 21, 2014
UC Berkeley students presented posters of their TGIF projects at UC Office of the President and at the 2014 CACS Sustainability Summit. See posters here and photos of the UCOP presentations here.

April 15, 2014
Thanks to the support of Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, TGIF, and Cal Athletics, UC Berkeley defended its RecycleMania title for Basketball Game Day Diversion Rate, with a 93% diversion rate. See the results here and watch a special zero waste game day video here. Read the Public affairs press release here.

April 2, 2014
TGIF becomes a program of the Student Environmental Resource Center. Read the press release here.

March 7, 2014
Read SERC Blog post Diverting Waste with Basketball: Zero Waste Game Day to learn more about TGIF funded efforts SPROUTS and Zero Waste Research Center. 

March 3, 2014
Read SERC Blog Post Healing plants with Compost Tea in the UC Botanical Garden to learn more about TGIF's funded projects Compost Tea and Green Garden Intern.

February 18, 2014
TGIF project Fight the Flow gets a mention in the UC News Center article regarding the new water conservation campaign, "Every Drop Counts".

February 6, 2013
TGIF gets a mention in the Daily Cal article on UC Berkeley's efforts to conserve water.

November 23, 2013
Read the UC Berkeley News Center article about the Pepsi funded Max-R bins and the Pepsi Sustainability Grant funds.

November 12, 2013
UC Berkeley reaches carbon reduction target two years early! Read the press release.

November 11, 2013
Zero Waste Research Center and TGIF Project Leader Kristen Klein were featured in a UC news Center article entitled "Reuse, recycle, refill: writing the future with green pens".

October 25, 2013
2011 TGIF Grant Low Water Irrigation and TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh received a mention in the October 2013 PP-CS Community Update.

October 15, 2013
The November TGIF Mini-Grant Opportunity was featured in the October issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability.

September 15, 2013

2012 TGIF Mini-Grant Sustainable Laundry at University Village was featured in the September issue of PowerSave Chronicles.

July 11, 2013
Rohit Kumar, co-founder of Brush with Bamboo, wrote about TGIF funded project CITRIS Sustainability Champions in his article "Why UC Berkeley is emerging as leader of sustainable business". Kumar's company received a UC Berkeley student intern for summer 2013 thanks to the TGIF grant.

June 28, 2013
TGIF funded project Fight the Flow was featured in a Daily Cal article for winning a 2013 Best Practices Award. The project was also featured in the July issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability.

May 10, 2013
TGIF funded project Human Powered Gym was mentioned in Ecopedia's latest article Human Powered Gyms Make Watts from Your Workout.

Five TGIF projects have been accepted to present at the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and one TGIF project will be winning a Best Practices Award! Read the blog post announcement here.

May 9, 2013
Read the May issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability, featuring TGIF Project Installation of Bottle Refill Stations and the announcement of the 2013 TGIF Grant Awards.

May 6, 2013
Read the May issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley Team. The issue features TGIF funded projects Fight the Flow, University Village, and Green Cup Competition.

May 2, 2013
The Green Initiative Fund is proud to announce the 2013 TGIF Spring Grant Awards. TGIF is awarding a total of $278,505.41 across 14 projects. Read more about the winning grant projects here.

April 29, 2013
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh is one of 14 individuals and 7 teams to receive a 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA). Read about all the recipients in the UC Berkeley News Center article.

April 19, 2013
Celebrate 10 Years of UC Berkeley Sustainability by reading Cathy Cockrell's article from the UC Berkeley News Center and viewing a slideshow of campus sustainability efforts. The article also includes a timeline of UC Berkeley Sustainability Accomplishments.

April 15, 2013
Read the April issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability, featuring an article about TGIF project Recycling at Cal.

April 9, 2013
The UC Office of the President announced the 2013 winners of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Awards. UC Berkeley won three awards, including the award for Best Student Energy Efficiency Program to PowerSave's TGIF funded project Fight the Flow.

March 20, 2013
The Daily Cal also featured a story on Recycling at Cal.

March 19, 2013
Read the UC News Center article about the new campus outdoor landfill and recycling system created by the TGIF funded Recycling at Cal project.

March 5, 2013
Read the March issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team.

February 8, 2013
Read the February issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team.

January 31, 2013
Read the latest issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability, including the announcement about TGIF grants and the TGIF-funded Plastic Disclosure Project.

December 5, 2012
Read the December issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team.

November 29, 2012
Read the latest issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability, including the article about the TGIF-funded WORKbright green Staff Sustainability Training.

November 15, 2012
Cal Dining and TGIF Funded Cal Dining Sustainability are recognized by the EPA on America Recycles Day for their food waste programs and Chews to Reuse reusable to-go containers. Read about the event in the UC News Center.

November 5, 2012
Article in the Daily Cal on TGIF Project Leader Annie Goransson and her "Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts" project.

Read the November issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team.

October 25, 2012
Did you miss UC Berkeley's celebration of Food Day? Check out all the coverage!
CalTV Video
UC Berkeley News Center post
Daily Cal article
Event Photos

October 22, 2012
Past TGIF project leader Kelley Doyle was awarded a 2012 AASHE award for Undergraduate Student Research on Campus Sustainability. Read the article from UC Berkeley News Center. Congratulations, Kelley!

October 18, 2012
The Daily Clog writes about the staying power of SERC at UC Berkeley. Read the post here.

October 17, 2012
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-presented on green funds at the AASHE 2012 Conference. Download copies of the two presentations:
Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started
Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up

October 5, 2012
The October issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability is now available.

The October issue of PowerSave Green Campus Chronicles is here!

September 28, 2012
Want to know what is going on with The Green Initiative Fund? Read the Fall 2012 Newsletter!

Interested in seeing what TGIF accomplished during 2011-2012? Read the 2011-2012 TGIF Annual Report.

September 10, 2012
Read the September myPower newsletter here and get the latest on energy news from UC Berkeley.

September 5, 2012
Be sure to read the September newsletter from UC Berkeley's PowerSave Green Campus.

Check out the latest issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability, featuring not-to-miss opportunities and jobs from The Green Initiative Fund.

August 2, 2012
Be sure to read the August newsletter from UC Berkeley's PowerSave Green Campus, featuring TGIF funded projects Green Cup Competition, Fight the Flow, and End the Cycle, and TGIF Project Leader Lludmila Moran of 2012 TGIF Grant project Nature Village: Sustainable Family Living.

July 18, 2012
Read the latest campus energy news in the Summer 2012 newsletter from myPower.

July 17, 2012
Read about the 2012 TGIF Projects, TGIF-sponsored Campus Sustainability Map project, and more in the July issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

June 26, 2012
Read the Daily Cal article on the TGIF-funded Zero Waste Research Center and Plastic Disclosure Project.

June 25, 2012
UC Berkeley awarded at the 2012 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

June 18, 2012
Read the Mercury News article on the TGIF-funded Zero Waste Research Center and Plastic Disclosure Project.

June 12, 2012
Congratulations to 2009-2010 TGIF Committee Member and UC Berkeley student Annie Davis for being selected as a 2012 Bergeron Scholar. The Berkeley Bergeron Scholars Program provides scholarships, program support and mentorships to five undergraduate women each year pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

June 7, 2012
A must-read from UC Berkeley News Center reporter Carol Ness: A worldwide first: Berkeley steps up to the plastic-waste challenge

June 5, 2012
Read the latest news on in-progress and new TGIF projects led by PowerSave Green Campus interns in the June issue of UCB PowerSave Chronicles. Congratulations to seniors Kimberly Lam, Morwenna Rowe, and Felicia Tan on their graduations from UC Berkeley. Your efforts to campus sustainability and your leadership will be greatly missed!

May 7, 2012
TGIF has announced the 2012 TGIF Grant Winners. Twenty-two projects received grant awards, with a total of $308,630 awarded. Fifty-six paid student internships have also been created as a result of the 2012 grant awards.

May 2, 2012
Read the May newsletter from UC Berkeley Green Campus, featuring Green Cup, Fight the Flow, and End the Cycle, all TGIF sponsored projects.

April 20, 2012
Article from UC Berkeley News Center on the 9th Annual CACS Sustainability Summit.

April 19, 2012
Article from the Daily Cal covering the 9th Annual CACS Sustainability Summit.

April 18, 2012
Article from the Daily Cal covering TGIF-sponsored Earth Week.

April 13, 2012
Be sure to read the special Earth Week edition of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

April 9, 2012
Congratulations to Berkeley Green Campus and Greening the Greeks for winning "Best Student Energy Efficiency Program" for the Green Cup Competition! This award is part of the 8th annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards, which will be given out at the 2012 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference this June at UC Davis.

March 23, 2012
Check out the March issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

March 12, 2012
Read the article by Greening the Greeks President Kelley Doyle on the Green Cup Competition, co-sponsored by Greening the Greeks, Green Campus, and TGIF.

February 28, 2012
Check out the February issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

February 6, 2012
Check out an article on Saturday's Zero Waste Basketball Game, with volunteers from Compost Alliance and Campus Recycling & Refuse Services.

February 2, 2012
Be sure to read the Spring 2012 TGIF newsletter, featuring:

  • Campus Bicycle Initiative
  • Cal Student Store
  • Greening the Greeks
  • Water Refill Stations
  • Eco Internships, Events, & Opportunities 


January 30, 2012
Read about TGIF-funded Loop-Cycle and how to apply for a 2012 TGIF grant in the January issue of bright green news.

December 1, 2011

Read about TGIF-funded Berkeley Student Food Collective and Greeks Energy Competition in the December issue of bright green news.

November 8, 2011

Check out the article from UC Berkeley NewsCenter on 2011 TGIF Winner Campus Bicycle Initiative's Cycling for Parents Workshop.

Be sure to read about 2011 TGIF Winner Fight the Flow in the November issue of the UC Berkeley Green Campus Chronicles.

October 24, 2011
Read the article on 2010 TGIF Grant Winner BERC Energy Symposium from the Berkeley News Center.

October 21, 2011
Check out the new Talking Louder video and Strawberry Creek article in the October issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

October 18, 2011
Be sure to read the 2011 Campus Sustainability Report from the Office of Sustainability.  Read how TGIF plays a role in bolstering campus sustainability efforts.

October 14, 2011
Be sure to read the Fall 2011 TGIF Newsletter.

October 10, 2011
Greek Energy Competition, a 2011 TGIF Grant Winner, highlighted in the September Chronicles from UC Berkeley Green Campus.

September 30, 2011
2010 TGIF Grant Winner BERC Symposium and 2011 Winner Campus Bicycle Initiative featured in the September issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

September 14, 2011
TGIF unveils a YouTube video of Campus Bike Day activities.

September 12, 2011
Article from the Berkeley News Center on Campus Bike Day 9/9/11.

August 29, 2011
Check out the August issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainablility, mentioning Campus Bike Day and Talking Louder, Next Generation, two 2011 TGIF Grant Winners.

August 10, 2011
Check out the latest newsletter from UC Berkeley's Green Campus.

July 29, 2011
Article on the new TGIF website featured in the July issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.

July 19, 2011
Check out UC Botanical Garden and TGIF's winning entry in Care2 and Changent's "Gardening for Change" photo contest.

June 14, 2011
2011 TGIF Winners featured in this week's AASHE Bulletin under "Funding".

June 10, 2011
TGIF and 2011 TGIF Grant Winners "Fight the Flow" and "Greek Energy Competition" are covered in the May 2011 Green Campus Newsletter.

June 6, 2011
Read UCOP's coverage of the five UC TGIF programs.

The May 2011 PP-CS Community Update mentions 2011 TGIF Winner Low Water Irrigation.

May 6, 2011
Article from The Berkeleyan covering the opening of the Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery & Garden.

April 22, 2011
Read the article on 2008 TGIF Grant Winner STeam's Earth Week activities.

March 14, 2011
Grist covers the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

March 9, 2011
Read the article in The Daily Californian on 2010 TGIF Grant Winner UC Botanical Garden Compost Tea Project.

Feburary 18, 2011
Read today's three articles in The Daily Californian on current and potential TGIF projects.
BicyCAL
Strawberry Creek Restoration
ASUC Green Certification

February 16, 2011
Read the article on Building Sustainability at Cal in The Daily Californian.

January 31, 2011
The San Francisco Chronicle covers a story on Berkeley Student Food Collective.

January 18, 2011
Berkeley Student Food Collective is featured in the AASHE Student Diary Series.

December 6, 2010
BicyCal is featured in the AASHE Bulletin under "Transportation".

November 22, 2010
Berkeley Student Food Collective is featured in the AASHE Bulletin under "Co-Curricular Education".

November 19, 2010
2009 TGIF Grant Winner BicyCal opens shop on Lower Sproul. Read about the opening in The Berkeleyan.

November 15, 2010
Read the article in The Berkeleyan on the opening of 2009 TGIF Grant Winner Berkeley Student Food Collective's storefront.
 
November 10, 2010

Congratulations to 2008 TGIF Grant Winner Building Sustainability at Cal for being profiled in the U.S. Green Building Council's Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement publication. Check it out on Page 4 (7 of 26)

April 25, 2008
The Green Initiative Fund Committee wins a CACS Sustainability Award. Read the announcement in the Daily Cal.

April 3, 2008
Chancellor Birgeneau mentions The Green Initiative Fund in his testimony to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate. Chancellor Birgeneau's testimony examined strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at U.S. colleges and universities.

April 19, 2007
The Green Initiative Fund referendum passes in the 2007 ASUC elections. 

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.