Overview

TGIF Program Overview

Since its inaugural grant cycle in spring 2008, TGIF has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to 216 grant projects. These projects have included the funding of 360 student sustainability internships.

As of Summer 2018, 158 TGIF projects have successfully concluded and 58 are currently in-progress. Only 9 projects have been discontinued, with funds returned to be allocated to future projects.

IN-PROGRESS PROJECTS

2018 Mini-grants: 8 projects

2018 Spring Grants: 20 projects 
2017 Mini-grants: 7 projects 
2017 Spring Grants: 8 projects 
2016 Mini-grants: 4 projects
2016 Spring Grants: 6 projects 
2015 Mini-grants: 1 projects
2015 Spring Grants: 0 projects
2014 Mini-grants : 0 projects 
2014 Spring Grants: 1 project
2013 Mini-grants: 0 projects
2013 Spring Grants : 2 project
2012 Mini-grants: 0 projects 
2012 Spring Grants: 0 projects
2011 Grants: 1 project
2010 Grants: 0 projects
2009 Grants: 0 projects
2008 Grants: 0 projects

CONCLUDED PROJECTS

2018 Mini-grants: 0 projects

2018 Spring Grants: 0 projects 
2017 Mini-grants : 3 project
2017 Spring Grants: 3 projects
2016 Mini-grants : 3 projects
2016 Spring Grants: 5 projects
2015 Mini-grants : 2 projects
2015 Spring Grants: 15 projects
2014 Mini-grants : 8 project
2014 Spring Grants: 11 projects
2013 Mini-grants: 15 projects
2013 Spring Grants: 12 projects
2012 Mini-grants: 12 projects
2012 Spring Grants: 22 projects
2011 Grants: 14 projects
2010 Grants: 14 projects
2009 Grants: 10 projects
2008 Grants: 9 projects

THEMATIC PROJECTS

Project Counts by Theme

Education & Behavior Change: 42 
Energy Conservation & Efficiency: 23
Agriculture & Food Justice: 21
Habitat Restoration & Native Landscaping: 25
Transportation & Urban Development: 22
Waste Diversion & Reduction: 54
Water Conservation & Efficiency: 17
Environmental Justice: 12

Project Titles by Theme

Education & Behavior Change:

  • Earth Week 2009-2013
  • Healthy You for a Healthy Universe
  • Student Internships for Jump-Starting the Office of Sustainability
  • University Hall: Going Green!
  • Talking Louder about Campus Sustainability
  • BERC Energy Symposium 2011
  • Custodial Staff Outreach 2010-2011
  • Greening Kroeber Art Studios and Bathrooms
  • Teaching, Learning, and Change (TLC)
  • ASUC Green Certification
  • Custodial Communications 2011-2012
  • Sustainability Map Project
  • Talking Louder About Sustainability, Next Generation
  • CITRIS Sustainability Champion Awards for Undergraduates
  • EcoMovie Nights
  • Food Day 2012
  • Nature Village Sustainable Family Living, Phase I
  • Student Environmental Resource Center
  • Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation
  • Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeley's Public Affairs Digital Gallery
  • Nature Village Sustainable Family Living, Phase II
  • SPROUTS
  • SERC Mobile App
  • Student Environmental Internship Program
  • Telegraph Green, Phase I
  • Video as Marketing for Event Waste Diversion
  • Green Lab Supplies and Equipment Award Program*
  • Healthy Bears Take the Stairs 
  • Sustainability in the Greek Community
  • Telegraph Green: The Next Least Generation*
  • Developing a Greener Ceramic Art Facility: Energy, Material, Curriculum
  • Building Sustainability Curriculum and Learning at Berkeley
  • EPA University Challenge 2017
  • Graduate Assembly Environmental Sustainbility Conference
  • Sustainable Menstrual Products for the Cal Community
  • Environmental Action Network
  • Herbicide Free Cal
  • Latinxs and the Environment Campus Resource Fair
  • Video: How Cal Will Achieve Zero Waste by 2020
  • Earth Action Initiative
  • Focus 2020 Student Team
  • Residence Hall Education Program

Energy Conservation & Efficiency: 

  • Anthony Hall Window Replacement and LEED-EB Certification
  • Building Sustainability at Cal
  • UC Berkeley Campus Dashboard
  • CLAS Carbon Smart and LEED-EB Certification Project
  • Retrofitting the RSF into a Human Powered Gym
  • Wurster Hall Sub-Metering
  • Air Handling Unit Transmitters
  • Cal Greeks Energy Competition- Green Cup
  • Learning and LEEDing at Cal
  • Cal CAP 2.0 Internships
  • Solar Powering Cal
  • LED Lighting Retrofit for the C.V. Starr - East Asian Library
  • Forest Power
  • Lab Microscope Retrofits
  • South Hall Energy Efficiency
  • CalSoChill Prototype 
  • Green Hand Dryers
  • Sustainable Algae Bioreactor
  • WattTime
  • Solar Powering Sigma Chi
  • WattTime: GHG Reductions From Campus Facilities
  • Climate Vulnerability Assessment
  • ASUC Solar Committee

Agriculture & Food Justice: 

  • Berkeley Student Food Collective Storefront
  • Berkeley Student Food Collective Food Prep Expansion
  • Cal Dining Sustainability Team
  • Berkeley Student Food Collective Sustainable Business and Development Internship Program
  • Student Organic Garden Education Fund
  • BSFC Operational Sustainability Intern
  • BSFC Produce Refrigerator
  • Ohlone Ethnobotany Garden
  • Student Organic Gardening Association Intern Program
  • Sustainable Food Stand
  • Oxford Tract Community Farm Air Quality Research
  • Soil Remediation Education 
  • Agroecological Fellows Program at UC Gill Tract Community Farm
  • Cal Dining Garden Expansion
  • Student Organic Garden Association Summer Intern Program: Phase II
  • Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention (SPARR) Food Donations Program
  • Multicultural Community Center (MCC) Healing and Learning Garden, Phase I
  • Gill Tract Community Farm Student Coalition
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm
  • Smyth-Fernwald Soil Testing for Community Engaged Land Usage Planning
  • Brown's Cafe Herbal Garden

Habitat Restoration & Native Landscaping: 

  • Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery and Garden
  • Lawns to Meadows Plan and Implementation
  • Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
  • Reduction in Chemical Use at the UC Botanical Gardens
  • Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration
  • Green Garden Program Intern
  • Strawberry Creek Planting (Filling the Weed Shaped Hole)
  • Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program
  • Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe
  • Campus Tree Inventory
  • Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek
  • Hearst North Field Soil Restoration
  • Restorative Ecology Training Program
  • Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project
  • Blake Garden ADA Path with Native Plant Garden and Viewshed
  • Coastal Prairie Restoration and Commemoration
  • Community: A Garden Project
  • Fostering Community: Clark Kerr Lawns to Meadows
  • Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project, Phase II
  • Russell Tree Farm Restoration
  • Blake Garden Adaptive Restoration Project*
  • Strawberry Creek Planting Resilience Project
  • Enhancing the Social Space of Strawberry Creek
  • Rain Garden for the Grinnell Natural Area
  • Sustainably Remediating UCB Soils

Transportation & Urban Development: 

  • Lower Sproul Plaza Redevelopment Eco-Charette
  • BicyCAL
  • 2010 Bike to Work Day Regional Sponsorship
  • Campus Bicycle Initiative
  • Break the Mode- Alternative Transport Marketing & Outreach Program
  • Break the Mode, Phase II
  • Campus Bike Plan Update
  • Campus Shared Services Cycles
  • Food Bikery Prototype
  • Berkeley Parklets, Bike Corrals, and Art Lots 
  • Bicycle Parking Improvement Project
  • Greener UC Berkeley Fleet 
  • Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY)*
  • Pedal Power Bike Share
  • ASUC Solar Decathalon
  • Way to Go! Social Marketing Alternative Transportation Program
  • Campus Bike Infrastructure Inventory
  • Reducing BearWALK Wait Times and Fuel Emissions
  • EH&S Bicycle Program
  • UC Mobility Cooperative
  • Berkeley Moves! Targeted Marketing Program
  • Building Sustainability at Cal

Waste Diversion & Reduction: 

  • Better Bin
  • No More Down the Drain
  • Recycling at Cal Program
  • Wurster Hall Composting Project
  • Bottle Refill Station Installation and Design Guidelines for Existing Buildings
  • I Heart Tap Water Campaign
  • Mobilizing Sustainability at Berkeley - The Greening Operations (GO!) Team
  • Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM)
  • Compost Alliance - Bringing Compost to Campus Buildings
  • Installation of Bottle Refill Stations 2011
  • Mercury Vapor Detection Equipment
  • Waste Reduction in the Cal Greeks Community
  • Compost Alliance: Institutionalizing In-House Composting
  • Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits
  • Greening the Berkeley Science Review
  • Installation of Bottle Refill Stations 2012
  • Minimizing Hazardous Waste Through Chemical Exchange
  • Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts
  • Waste Not, Want Not: Zero Waste Events
  • Wurster Hall Waste Management
  • Zero Waste Research Center & Plastic Disclosure Project
  • Reusable Sharps Container Pilot Project
  • Composting at Blake Garden
  • Greening the Berkeley Science Review, Phase II
  • Trash to Treasure
  • Pedaling Towards Zero Waste
  • Refills Not Landfills
  • Local Composting Efforts at Pi Kappa Alpha
  • College of Chemistry Chemical Reuse Facility Expansion
  • Designated Reuse Bins
  • Install Recycling Bins at Clark Kerr Dorm Rooms
  • Stop Waste in Sororities
  • Max-R Bins
  • Sustainable Concrete Canoe
  • Bulk Bins
  • Berkeley Art Studio Clay Recycling Project
  • Expanding Zero Waste in Residence Halls
  • High Efficiency Hand Dryers in Barrows Hall*
  • Wine Barrel Composting
  • Greek Recycling at Berkeley (GRAB)
  • These Come From Trees
  • UCB 3D Printer Reclamation
  • Connie and Kevin Chou Hall Zero Waste Certification
  • Managed Print Program
  • Vermicomposting
  • Reusable Ware for ESPM
  • Cal Dining Rentable Reusables
  • Ethical and Accessible E-Waste Recycling at UC Berkeley
  • Integrated Plastics Recycling at UC Berkeley
  • Repair for ReUSE Clinic
  • Waste Reduction in University Village
  • Closed-Loop Mechanical Recycling of PLA Filament in UCB 3D Printing Labs
  • Compost Infrastructure in Fraternities
  • Supporting Conservation at the Garden: One Water Refill Station to Rule Them All!

Water Conservation & Efficiency: 

  • Water Metering and Sub-metering of UC Campus Buildings
  • End the Cycle - Sustainable Laundry Campaign
  • Water Metering and Conservation
  • Fight the Flow
  • Low Water Irrigation
  • Water Conservation in the Cal Greeks Community
  • Fight the Flow, Phase II
  • Sustainable Laundry at University Village
  • Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours
  • Cool Towers
  • Low Water Irrigation, Phase II 
  • Dual Flush in Cooperatives 
  • Water Efficiency at the Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Elimination of Single-Pass Water Cooling Systems in Support of the UCOP Sustainability Policy
  • Rainwater Harvesting Program
  • Autoclave Replacement
  • Clark Kerr Rain Garden Community Garden

Environmental Justice: 

  • “The old growth at our feet”: Coastal Terrace Prairie Restoration at Richmond Field Station
  • Decolonize the Environment: A Series of Workshops on Environmental Intersectionality
  • Environmental Education for Students of Color
  • Equity & Inclusion in Campus Gardens and Land Use Decisions
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center Garden
  • People of Color Sustainability Campaign
  • Promoting Student Engagement and Leadership on Sustainability: The role and relevance of universities in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, globalization, and the environment
  • Bears Share
  • Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project
  • Culinary Cultures Associate for the Community (Student) Kitchen
  • Intersections between Urban Agriculture and Engineering at the La Loma Rooftop Garden (Hispanic Engineers and Scientists Rooftop Garden)
  • Sustainable Campus Landscaping DeCal

TGIF Project Metrics 2008 - 2012 (Updated metrics for 2012-present coming soon!)

Project metrics are calculated using the TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet.

  • TGIF awarded Strawberry Creek restoration enthusiasts a 2008 grant to build UC Berkeley's first Native Plant Nursery.
  • The Berkeley Student Food Collective received a 2009 TGIF Grant to open UC Berkeley's first student food cooperative at 2440 Bancroft Way.
  • TGIF provided BicyCAL with a 2009 grant to open UC Berkeley's first student-run bicycle cooperative.
  • PowerSave Campus and TGIF developed a How To: Organize and Run a Greek House Energy Savings Competition Guide.
  • Campus Recycling and Refuse Services won a 2012 TGIF Grant to establish UC Berkeley's first Zero Waste Research Center. The grant also allowed for UC Berkeley to become the first university in the world to join the Plastic Disclosure Project.
  • A 2012 TGIF Grant established UC Berkeley's first Student Environmental Resource Center.
  • TGIF has the provided funds via the Recycling at Cal grant and the Wurster Hall Waste Management grant to design and implement UC Berkeley first outdoor and indoor standardized recycling systems.

The BERC 2011 Energy Symposium hosted 800 attendees.

From 2009-2012, the Berkeley Student Food Collective provided education and outreach to 32,780 people.

The Cal Habitat Restoration Leadership program hosted restoration events with 250 volunteers from November 2010 - March 2011, clocking in 11,600 hours of restoration work for the removal of Periwinkle, Chilean Red Current, English Ivy, Algerian Ivy, and invasive grasses.

The Campus Bicycle Initiative hosted Campus Bike Day in 2011, which had over 500 attendees.

Compost Alliance educated and connected with more than 1500 people during its 2011-2012 program.

Custodial Staff Outreach established sustainable custodial practices in 6 campus buildings.

EcoMovie Nights screened six environmental films with 150 students in attendance during the 2012-2013 academic year.

For its 2010 campaign, End the Cycle conducted sustainable laundry educational outreach to 1200+ res hall residents.

During Food Day 2012, an estimated 1000 event attendees enjoyed educational activities organized by 11 food-related student groups and ate samples from 4 sustainable food companies.

Learning and LEEDing at Cal funded four student interns to achieve professional LEED accreditation. The Learning and LEEDing interns also drafted a specialized renovations checklist for UC Berkeley by sampling other building renovations checklists from organizations such as StopWaste and USGBC. The checklist will increase incentives for smaller, cost-effective, campus sustainability projects.

In 2008, the Lower Sproul Eco-Development project hosted a Sustainability Design workshop with 40 students and staff in attendence.

Since opening in May 2011, the Strawberry Creek Native Plants Nursery has hosted 100 students per semester who use the nursery as a learning resource.

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) acquired a temporary office space in Lower Sproul (Fall 2012) and then in 337 Mulford Hall (Spring 2013 - present), which served as a meeting space for 11 student groups and hosted 75 walk-in students over both semesters. SERC helped pass 2 bills through the ASUC: one that establishes the long-term durability of the Center, and one that supports the ASUC's divestment from fossil fuel endowments. SERC co-hosted the 2013 California Student Sustainability Coalition Spring Convergence, which had over 700 attendees, and during spring semester 2013 hosted or co-hosted 7 other events and workshops that involved an estimated 150 students. Finally, SERC taught an "Environmental Student Organizations at Cal" Decal in the Spring semester to 25 undergraduate students.

Talking Louder About Sustainability hosted 2 sustainability forums in 2011-2012 with an estimated 100 students in attendance.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Teaching, Learning, and Change Green-Certified 57 events, which hosted approximately 19,300 people total.

Air Handling Unit Transmitters (Differential Pressure Switches Project) has installed:

  • 2 filters at California Hall
  • 2 filters at Koshland Hall
  • 2 filters at Bechtel Hall
  • 1 filter at Barker Hall

In 2008-2009, Building Sustainability at Cal worked in a total of 20 campus buildings, generating 17 audits and implementing 13 education/outreach projects and 5 infrastructure projects. Through the infrastructure projects alone, students were able to save 3 million gallons of water and divert 350 lbs of waste, resulting in a reduction of over 9000 kg of CO2. Students also replaced 312 sink aerators with the most efficient 0.5gpm aerators in 13 buildings on campus. These water savings have the potential to save 8794 kg of CO2 emissions on campus (estimated in 2009). 

In 2009-2010, the Center for Latin American Studies became a Blue Certified Green Department (a sustainability certification from the Berkeley Office of Sustainability) because it cut electricity use by 30% to save UC Berkeley $70/month. They also eliminated two 5-gallon water jugs, estimating that the energy necessary to make a month's worth of water jugs is equal to the energy needed to run a laptop for 144 hours or a clothes dryer for 17 hours.

The Green Cup Competition has saved an average of 143,883.885 kWh and 3580.82 therms per semester (Fall 2011 and Fall 2012), resulting in total cost savings of $27,725.31.

The Cal Dining Sustainability Team formulated and implemented the "Chews to Reuse" pilot program in Fall 2012, which was then expanded to all Cal Dining dining halls in Spring 2013. An estimated 77,947 kWh and 2,660 therms of energy are saved per year by opting for the Chews to Reuse containers. These results will save Cal Dining a minimum of $46,369.03 annually. Students can potentially save a combined $65,658.00 a year by participating in the program.

Food Day 2012 was successfully hosted by the Cal Dining Sustainability Team, during which an estimated 1000 event attendees enjoyed educational activities organized by 11 food-related student groups and ate samples from four sustainable food companies. Food Day will now be an annual event executed by the Cal Dining Sustainability Team.

Composting at Blake Garden built three opened ended compost structures out of inter-locking block material, allowing staff to use a front-loader to turn compost on-site, rather than turning by hand, therefore saving 250 hours of labor/year and $3000/year of green dumping fees.

Lawns to Meadows converted grass lawns on 3 campus sites to regionally appropriate plant meadows, including creating a new native plant and drought tolerant landscape at Anthony Hall.

The Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe purchased a water quality probe that will assist with sediment and erosion research along Strawberry Creek and also promote environmental stewardship. The probe can test for the traits of total coliform, turbidity, chloramines, and pH in creekwater. Training sessions for using the probe were held from November to December 2012.

Strawberry Creek Planting (Filling the Weed-Shaped Hole):

  • Engaged over 250 student and community volunteers in urban creek restoration, through coordination with the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program (SCRP). These volunteers served over 450 volunteer-hours over the course of 11 educational volunteer events.
  • Removed ivy (and other invasives) from and sheet mulched over 100 m2 of riparian habitat along Strawberry Creek.
  • Propagated approximately 2000 individuals of 60 native plant species in the Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery.
  • Planted 348 native plants in four focal areas along Strawberry Creek, and approximately 500 plants in other sites along the creek.

BicyCAL has assisted with an average of 250 bike repairs per semester of operation. Considering that BicyCAL's storefront has been operating since Fall 2010, BicyCAL has repaired about 1500 bicycles in its six semesters of being open. Break the Mode has signed-up 37 University Hall employees for customized trip planning and 14 employees for a BearPass. If these 51 staff are guided towards choosing an alternative form of transportation from home to Berkeley other than driving, it will save 11,220 driving trips per year and reduce CO2emissions by 115,015 kg annually.

Over 600 BYOM Klean Kanteens have made it into the hands of UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

The Compost Alliance worked in 2012-2013 and:
  • Rolled out 17 composting bins at EBB.
  • Rolled our 8 composting bins at Hearst Gym and Hearst Annex.
  • Rolled out 1 composting Peet's Coffee at Crossroads Dining Commons.
  • Converted 59 existing bins into paper towel compost bins at International House.


As of 2013, Compost Alliance has operations in 18 campus buildings. Compost Alliance's continued support of buildings with composting has diverted over 35 tons of waste from landfills between June 2012 and March 2013. This has saved the campus over $4,550 and has reduced campus carbon dioxide emissions by over 5,110 kg. Compost Alliance's current buildings will continue to divert over 3.6 tons of organic waste from landfills every month as long as they continue to compost, resulting in monthly savings of over $468 and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 525.6 kg monthly.

Over the course of five home games in 2010, GO! Team members worked 120 hours and diverted 15- 50% of the total waste stream per game, the equivalent of 2-9 tons of recycled material per game, or 24 tons total over five games.

Greening the Berkeley Science Review shifted the printing of its issues onto 60% PWC paper, which diverted an estimated 2 tons of wood (14 trees), 6839 gallons of water, 7 million BTUs, 534 lbs solid waste, and 1530 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions from 2 issues.

Minimizing Hazardous Waste at UC Berkeley developed a proposal for the creation of an online chemical exchange program for the reuse and recycling of campus chemicals. The proposal was presented to and accepted by EH&S, who will implement the proposal and develop the program. To date (2013) the program has collected 300+ chemicals for reuse rather than disposal.

Through No More Down the Drain, the Art Studio collects 15 gallons of glaze and 300lbs of clay every six week session – enough material to make 100 small flowerpots. By the end of the 2010 academic year, the project had captured 40 gallons of reusable glaze (reducing glaze waste to almost zero) and 900 pounds of reusable clay — enough material to glaze 3,840 coffee mugs or mold 900 coffee mugs.

Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts installed 8 recycling bins at Hearst Tennis Courts and 8 recycling bins at Channing Tennis Courts. The Zero Waste Research Center and Cal Women's Tennis Team are working with Project Green Ball and ReBounces recycling to reuse the tennis balls through a re-pressurizing machine or recycling the material into other surfaces such as equestrian turf.

Recycling at Cal designed and installed 56 new outdoor recycling bins (28 Bottles & Cans and 28 Mixed Paper).

Wurster Hall Waste Management has served as a test pilot for the campus indoor bin standard, purchasing bin sets from Forms & Surfaces for Wurster Hall's hallways and custom-designed bin sets from max-R for Wurster's high-volume lobbies and design studios.

End the Cycle helped promote more efficient laundry habits in the dorms in and acheived estimated Annual Projected Savings (2010) of:

  • 965.8 Therms
  • 1,984.89 kWh
  • $1,182 Saved
  • 13,034.54 CO2 (lbs) Avoided


In 2011, Fight the Flow installed 124 UZLOW valves in two Unit 1 residence halls. An estimated 40% of 2000+ residents used the valves, saving over 571,000 gallons of hot water and 1,875 therms over the 2-year project lifespan. These savings equal $4,445 saved in water and heating costs and 26,408 lbs. of CO2 emissions diverted.

In 2010, GO! Team conducted water audits for 6 bathrooms in the Gardner Stacks of Doe Library. The team identified 8 problem fixtures and leaks and made recommendations for plumbing solutions and sink aerator installations. Potential savings were up to 8 gallons per minute x 3 hours per day = 1400 Gallons per day.

In 2010, the Bottle Refill Station Installation and Design Guidelines for Existing Buildings installed the first bottle refill station in Dwinelle Hall. The Dwinelle station has eliminated waste from over 120,000 disposable plastic bottles as of May 2013.

The I Heart Tap Water campaign decreased campus sales of bottled water by 48% from 2006 - 2011.

Installation of Bottle Refill Stations (2011) installed bottle refill stations in Evans, Stanley, Boalt, University, and Barrows Halls in 2011.

Installation of Bottle Refill Stations and Fountain Retrofits funded the installation of three bottle refill stations and sixteen bottle refill retrofits in 2012. Bottle Refill Stations were installed in Wheeler, Kroeber, and Sproul Halls. Bottle refill retrofits were completed in VLSB (2), LSA (2), Evans Hall 2nd floor, Wheeler Hall 2nd floor, Cory Hall, Doe Library Annex, GPB, Latimer, LeConte (2), Pimentel, and Tan.

As of May 2012, Water-Metering and Conservation installed or upgraded 67 water meters in over 21 campus buildings.