TGIF Program Overview

Since its inaugural grant cycle in spring 2008, TGIF has awarded more than $3.4 million in grants to 296 grant projects. These projects have included the funding of 464 student sustainability internships.

As of Fall 2022, 217 TGIF projects have successfully concluded and 66 are currently in-progress. Only 13 projects have been discontinued, with funds returned to be allocated to future projects.


2022 Spring Grants: 10 projects

2021 Mini-grants: 9 projects

2021 Spring Grants: 12 projects

2020 Mini-Grants: 7 projects

2020 Spring Grants: 6 projects

2019 Mini-grants: 3 projects

2019 Spring Grants: 9 projects

2018 Mini-grants: 3 projects

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


2022 Spring Grants: 0 projects

2021 Mini-grants: 2 projects

2021 Spring Grants: 3 project

2020 Mini-Grants: 3 projects

2020 Spring Grants: 8 projects

2019 Mini-grants: 5 projects

2019 Spring Grants: 4 projects

2018 Mini-grants: 5 projects

2018 Spring Grants: 14 projects 
2017 Mini-grants : 10 project
2017 Spring Grants: 7 projects
2016 Mini-grants : 6 projects
2016 Spring Grants: 10 projects
2015 Mini-grants : 3 projects
2015 Spring Grants: 15 projects
2014 Mini-grants : 8 project
2014 Spring Grants: 11 projects
2013 Mini-grants: 12 projects
2013 Spring Grants: 13 projects
2012 Mini-grants: 11 projects
2012 Spring Grants: 22 projects
2011 Grants: 15 projects
2010 Grants: 14 projects
2009 Grants: 8 projects
2008 Grants: 8 projects


Project Counts by Theme

Education & Behavior Change: 45
Energy Conservation & Efficiency: 24
Agriculture & Food Justice: 22
Habitat Restoration & Native Landscaping: 27
Transportation & Urban Development: 22
Waste Diversion & Reduction: 55
Water Conservation & Efficiency: 17
Environmental Justice: 18

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
  • 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 (Spring 2018)
  • Focus 2020 Student Team
  • Residence Hall Education Program
  • Earth Action Initiative (Spring 2019)
  • The Team Editorial Program at The Leaflet
  • Campus Water Sustainability Research and Opportunities Map

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
  • Solar Thermal Heating Systems at The Berkeley Student Cooperative

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
  • Decade II

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
  • Reducing UC Berkeley's Impact through Stormwater Management
  • Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) Native Plant Restoration

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!
  • Standardization of Waste Sorting Signage within UC Berkeley Residence Halls

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
  • Land Use Working Group Year II
  • Electric Gem for ADA Loop Service
  • Environmental Education for Students of Color
  • Carbon Crew: A Diversified Approach to Carbon Neutrality
  • Increasing Diversity in The Environmental Workforce through Education and Training
  • Phase II: Decolonize the Environment: A Series of Workshops on Environmental Intersectionality

TGIF Project Metrics

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.

In 2015, Telegraph Green: The Next Least Generation organized UC Berkeley’s first-ever Zero Waste Week, which included a “Game Day Recycling Challenge,” a waste audit on Sproul Plaza, and other educational events.

In 2016, the Bulk Bins project installed the first bulk food dispensers on the UC Berkeley campus in Bear Market, Cub Market, and Golden Bear Cafe.

In 2017, the Goldman School of Public Policy became the first school at UC Berkeley to receive a WaterSmart Certification from the East Bay Municipal Utility District following water efficiency upgrades made by the Water Efficiency and Goldman School of Public Policy project.

In 2017, the ASUC Solar Decathlon project was the first instance of UC Berkeley participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. RISE (Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient) was constructed by UC Berkeley and the University of Denver, designed to be a net-zero energy home for urban infill lots in Richmond with potential for expansion with stackable units; it was awarded third place in the 2017 decathlon.

In 2017, the Climate Vulnerability Assessment project authored the first report to analyze the impacts of climate change on campus populations and infrastructure.

In 2018, Connie and Kevin Chou Hall became the first business school building on campus to attain a Zero-Waste certification.

In 2018, the Smyth-Fernwald Soil Testing for Community Engaged Land-usage Planning project analyzed the nutrient composition and soil contamination levels of the Smyth-Fernwald land tract (located near Clark Kerr Garden) for the first time.

In 2019, Environmental Education for Students of Color organized California’s first environmental justice conference for students of color.

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 - 2016), which served as a meeting space for 11 student groups and hosted 75 walk-in students over both semesters. SERC then moved to Sproul Hall until the winter of 2018 where it established its permanent space in MLK bNorth. 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.

From 2011-2012, Talking Louder About Sustainability hosted 2 sustainability forums 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.

In 2015, Telegraph Green: The Next Least Generation held their Popup Precycling event, encouraging ShareTea, Caffe Strada, and Dumpling Express to give away almost 300 reusable cups or containers to students to promote single-use waste reduction.

In 2016, the Bulk Bins project distributed about 800 reusable snack bags to students on campus to promote a reduction of single-use snack wrappers.

In 2017, interns from the Student Organic Farm Association Summer Intern Program Phase II project hosted 3 workshops on natural cleaning, DIY personal care, and salve making that attracted over 30 attendees.

In 2017, the ASUC Solar Decathlon project created RISE (Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient), an affordable home unit entered in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. Tours of the net-zero energy home were offered to over 15,000 visitors.

From 2017-2018, the Cal Dining Garden Expansion educated over 100 freshmen students about garden resources, health, and wellbeing through their Clark Kerr Dining Hall Tea Tabling events.

In 2018, the Graduate Assembly Environmental Sustainability Conference organized by the Earth Action Initiative attracted a total of 300 attendees and featured over 100 submissions of climate-inspired art from 60 artists.

In 2018, the Environmental Action Network and Software hosted an event discussing how students can have a political influence with 40 student attendees.

In 2018, the Environmental Action Network’s Blooms for Bills tabling event encouraged over 100 students to send emails about environmental legislation to their local representative.

Latinx and the Environment hosted 30-40 students at their seminar in 2018.

In 2018, Environmental Education for Students of Color has hosted 18 workshops with 276 students registered.

The Earth Action Initiative held 8 workshops with 334 attendees in 2017-2018.

In 2018, Building Sustainability Curriculum and Learning at Berkeley organized a workshop for faculty to implement sustainability topics into their courses. 11 courses across 10 departments were updated after the workshop. The courses were offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, reaching 980 students. Additionally, 2 new classes were created as a result of the workshop, including HISTART 105 Eco Art: Art, Architecture, and the Natural Environment by Professor Sugata Ray and MSE 24 Freshman Seminar by Dr. Matt Sherburne.

Equity and Inclusion in on Campus Gardens hired 3 student interns.

Latinx and the Environment Resource Fair held 2 events with 30 attendees for each event.

Environmental Action Network Software had 40 students attend their event in 2018.

Since 2018, the video “What is Zero Waste at UC Berkeley” produced by How Cal Will Achieve Zero Waste by 2020 has been viewed over 500 times on YouTube. It was also played for the audience at the PAC-12 Zero Waste Bowl at California Memorial Stadium.

In 2018, Herbicide Free Cal (now Herbicide Free Campus) worked with campus groundskeepers to end the use of herbicides in Memorial Glade and Faculty Glade. They distributed at least 300 stickers to promote campaign awareness, and engaged over 20 student volunteers to construct a soil foundation for an herbicide-free space outside of Evans Hall.

In 2019, Environmental Education for Students of Color organized and hosted a total of 21 workshops at SCECon 2019, attracting 200 attendees in total. In a survey of SCECon attendees, 77.8% of conference attendees felt they were able to recognize their belonging to the environmental and sustainability movement and over 70% of attendees reported that they were able to a) meet, connect, or build community with other students of color; b) learn something about themselves or their community, and c) learn more about environmental justice.

From 2018 to 2019, Decolonize the Environment: A Series of Workshops on Environmental Intersectionality hosted 2 panels— The Environmental Justice Panel: A Dialogue about Racial Disparities and An Environment without Prisons: Prison Abolition is Environmental Justice—that attracted over 200 attendees.

From 2018-2019, Brown’s Cafe Herbal Garden engaged over 300 students with gardening workdays and herbal cooking demos.

In 2019, the 3 undergraduates who had participated in the 2018 ISCN Conference in Sweden and the 2018 IARU Borderland summer field research course as a part of Promoting Student Engagement & Leadership on Sustainability hosted a teach-in. The 12 students in attendance discussed sustainability takeaways from the conferences with the 3 undergraduate representatives.

In 2019, the Waste Diversion in University Village project hosted 4 events on waste education that were attended by 330 residents.

From 2018-2020, the Residence Hall Education Program engaged approximately 2,000 students in a series of educational zero waste events.

In 2020, Increasing Diversity in the Environmental Workforce Through Education and Training helped to arrange 12 virtual internships in 6 different organizations. Some interns contributed to increased attendance in the Fall 2021 Latinxs and the Environment seminar.

In 2020, Garden restoration work by Bee Campus USA engaged nearly 50 student and community volunteers. 45 seed packets that would support bees and habitat restoration were distributed to the volunteers.

In 2020, the end-of-semester virtual Eco-Summit from the Community Development Events ASUC Office of Sylvia Targ project engaged over 50 student participants and brought together over 15 student organizations.

In 2020, textbooks provided by the Food for Thought Textbook Library are used by about 80 students per semester, increasing textbook accessibility for students with financial needs.

In 2020, the Resilient Sustainability Community Fellows project included 11 student fellows, who were advised by multiple campus organizations to develop professional skills and reflect on climate and pandemic resiliency.

In 2021, Environmental Education for Students of Color organized SCECon 2021: Our World, Our Time, Our Voices, which featured over 20 workshops and panels and attracted over 250 attendees.

In 2021, GETH project presentations on student involvement in the Planting Native Milkweed Habitat for Monarch Butterflies project engaged 60 student attendees.

In 2021, Climate Fix Radio and Podcast produced over 50 ninety-second audio clips and 1 video to educate the public and students about climate solutions.

From 2019-2021, The Perennial has published 4 issues of at least 50 pages of content each, in addition to 3 undergraduate environmental research papers.

In 2021, Environmental Pláticas: From School to Our Homes, De La Escuela a Nuestro Hogar hosted 4 climate change and environmental justice workshops that involved 3 Latinx organizations, which attracted a total of 65 student participants. Of the 26 students who responded to post-workshop surveys, 24 reported feeling more comfortable discussing environmental issues with their family and 26 believed the workshops to be a helpful introduction to climate change and environmental issues.

In 2021, Latinxs in Their Element hired 8 undergraduate research fellows who gained experience by working with graduate student mentors in preparation for the Latinxs and the Environment Initiative Annual Student Research Conference.

In 2021, Latinxs in Their Element hosted 4 “Four Elements” workshops, attracting a total of 49 student attendees.

From 2020-2022, SERC recruited 240 students to 18 teams focused on promoting zero waste, education and networking resources, carbon neutrality, and food justice through the SERC Membership Fund. Retention increased from 15% in Fall 2020-Spring 2021 to 25% in Fall 2021-Spring 2022.

From 2020-2022, the Leaflet produced over 100 articles on environmental justice, environmental science and policy, and sustainable lifestyles. Their website attracted over 16,000 visitors and they employed over 45 paid writers and editors through the Editorial Program and Team Writers Program.

In 2022, the Berkeley Student Native Plant Nursery hosted 3 community-engagement events, attracting 28 attendees.

In 2022, the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Crops of the World Internship attracted over 20 student visitors to the Crops of the World garden.

From 2021-2022, Healing the Pavement on Campus hosted 3 remote workshops and 3 in-person workshops to share their recycled concrete research, in addition to engaging over 30 undergraduate students in hands-on training and restoration site surveys for 2 semesters.

In Fall 2022, outreach events conducted by Parking & Transportation and AC Transit—as part of the BerkeleyMoves! Parking and Transportation Program and Data Evaluation Intern program—engaged nearly 6,000 students with information about transportation options on campus.

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.

In 2015, the Cal Concrete Canoe competition team used a geopolymer concrete in their construction to reduce global warming potential by 35% as part of their Sustainable Concrete Canoe project.

In 2016, the Sustainability in the Greek Community project increased energy efficiency by 73% by retrofitting 310 light bulbs with LEDs.

Since 2016, the Green Labs Supplies and Equipment Award Program has saved 4 campus labs a cumulative 16,000 kWh each year with the purchase of a more energy-efficient printer and 3 freezers.

In 2016, the Developing a Greener Ceramic Art Facility project purchased a new kiln with TGIF funding that reduced natural gas conservation by 85% and conserves an estimated 10 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

In 2017, the ASUC Solar Decathlon project created RISE (Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient), an affordable home unit designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption through conservation and recycling of heat.

Since 2018, the sustainable, affordable tiny home created by Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) has saved an estimated 6,000 kWh per year as compared to standard housing.

In 2021, Capturing Energy Savings from VAV Box Minimums discovered that 21,024 kWh of energy could be saved each year in the Cesar E. Chavez Student Center with adjustments to the variable air volume setpoints in the ventilation system.

In Fall 2012, The Cal Dining Sustainability Team formulated and implemented the "Chews to Reuse" pilot program, 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.

Building Sustainability at Cal has allowed 2 student interns to get their LEED GA Certification.

From 2017-2018, the Cal Dining Garden Expansion donated over 140 lbs. of produce to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, and planted over 30 fruit trees in a new orchard at Clark Kerr Garden to supply fresh fruits to the food pantry.

In 2018, 12 fellows worked a combined 1,500 hours to learn about urban farming through the Agroecological Fellows Program at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm.

In 2019, Brown’s Cafe Herbal Garden planted approximately 75 herbs and donated over 100 bunches of herbs to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry.

In 2019, the Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project tabled to promote catering vendors and food waste recovery information to over 30 student groups and 50 students.

In 2021, Food Literacy Coordinators hired under the HADSA Covid Relief project organized Sustainable Food Challenges at 4 campus dining halls, such as a Plant-Forward Recipe challenge. At least 200 students sampled the dishes prepared for the challenges.

In 2021, the HADSA Covid Relief project tracked the donation of 13,419 lbs of food from Cal Dining to the Basic Needs Center Food Pantry.

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.

In 2015, the Russell Tree Farm Restoration project cleared 5 acres of understory fuel trees in the Russell Tree Farm research station to improve wildfire and drought resilience.

In 2016, the Oxford Tract Community Farm Air Quality Research project found that urban farms like the Oxford Tract can reduce industrial particulate matter by about 36%.

In 2016, the Blake Garden Adaptive Restoration Project propagated and planted 240 native Californian Stipa pulchra/Purple Needlegrass plants.

In 2017, The Smyth-Fernwald Soil Testing project improved 4 acres of land.

In 2017-2018, the Sustainably Remediating UCB Soils project hired 5 undergraduate interns and outreached to 215 students via online, tabling, and classroom education. They also removed 45 grams of arsenic from the RFS and sustainably 85 square meters of land. 19,440 kilograms of soil was remediated to reduce the concentration of hazardous waste and 648 gallons of water per week is conserved.

In 2019, Brown’s Herbal Garden improved approximately 280 cubic feet of land and planted 125 plants.

In 2020, Enhancing the Social Space of Strawberry Creek removed invasive plants and planted 12 native California species—including Hummingbird Sage, California Lilac, and Douglas Iris—at a restoration site near Birge Hall.

In 2020, Bee Campus USA helped to restore over 5,000 ft2 of garden space on the UC Berkeley campus and greater Berkeley community, and clear at least 10 yards of invasive weeds.

In 2020, Bee Campus USA planted 45 species of native California flowers across 6,500 ft2 of space.

In 2021, the Planting Native Milkweed Habitat for Monarch Butterflies project team planted a total of 35 milkweed plants at Clark Kerr garden.

In 2021, milkweed restoration by the Planting Native Milkweed Habitat for Monarch Butterflies project attracted an estimated 20 monarch butterflies, in addition to monarch caterpillars.

In 2022, The Berkeley Student Native Plant Nursery project grew over 600 individual plants belonging to 16 native California plant species for distribution to local climate resilience projects.

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.

From 2015 to 2017, the 2 e-bikes purchased for the Greener UC Berkeley Fleet project provided alternative transportation for 3,000 trips and over 60 employees.

In 2016, the Bicycle Parking Improvement Project added an additional 76 new bike parking spaces to promote green transportation.

In 2017, the Reducing BearWALK Wait Times and Fuel Emissions project purchased 2 e-bikes for BearWALK Community Service Officers that increased efficiency, conserved approximately 148 gallons of fuel, and saved an estimated $400/month in fuel costs.

In 2017, the UC Mobility Collective studied residents at University Village and estimated that 18 cars and their trips could have been reduced to a fleet of 13 shared vehicles, saving users between $500-1,000 each year.

In 2017, the Climate Vulnerability Assessment project predicted that storm surges and flooding would be a major climate change-induced disruptor affecting roads and transportation on campus.

In 2018, promotion of the RideAmigos website through the Way to Go! Social Marketing Alternative Transportation Program led to the sequestration of an estimated 7 tons of CO2 through carpooling and rideshare trips coordinated through the site.

From 2018-2019, Berkeley Moves has saved 17.4 tons of carbon emissions.

From 2018 to 2020, the bike purchased as part of the EH&S Bicycle Improvement Program replaced 37 car trips. Assuming a 10-year lifetime of the bicycle, using the bike instead of a motor vehicle could save $3,600 in fuel costs each year.

In 2019, the Campus Bike Infrastructure Inventory conducted a study of the capacity and utilization of campus parking facilities, determining that 5,198 bicycle parking spaces were only providing enough parking for 7.9% of the campus population, short of the 2006 Campus Bike Plan goal to provide bicycle parking for 10% of the population.

In 2019, the BerkeleyMoves! Targeted Marketing Program organized Mobility Week events that promoted carpooling and other alternative transportation; 115 staff and students participated, saving up to 6,933 lbs. of CO2 with 1,670 trips via bike, carpool, transit, walk, vanpool, telework.

From 2020 to 2021, the BerkeleyMoves! Carsharing Pilot helped allocate 160 GIG rideshare credits of a cumulative $7,200 value to low-income students.

Since 2021, the addition of 1 Gem electric vehicle to the ADA Loop service prevents an estimated 10,400 lbs of CO2 emissions per year and saves $10,000.00 per year in maintenance and gas costs.

As of Fall 2022, BerkeleyMoves!, the campus’ official rideshare program, 2,279 users have saved 110.8 tons of CO2 with an estimated 48,000 trips. The program coordinated nearly 8,000 trips in the Fall 2022 semester alone.

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.

Repair for ReUse recycles around 20 pounds of clothing per week.

The Waste Diversion in University Village project installed 10 max R waste bins.

Since 2016, the High Efficiency Hand Dryers project has resulted in an estimated 21 lbs. reduction of paper waste per day at the Recreational Sports Facility, through the installation of hand dryers and removal of paper towel dispensers.

In 2016, the Berkeley Art Studio Clay Recycling Project recycled about 30,000 lbs. of clay over the course of the year. They reused 1,300 plastic bags for clay distribution, and prevented an estimated 16,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions.

In 2016, 845 lbs. of food was sold from the installations of bulk food dispensers by the Bulk Bins project, estimated to be the equivalent of 5,000 single-use snack wrappers diverted from landfill.

In 2016, the Wine Barrel Composting/Anaerobic Digester project designed and constructed 3 composting systems from recycled wine barrels, which can each process 100 lbs. of food every 45-60 days or divert 2,100 lbs. of organic food waste each year if used continuously.

In 2016, the Developing a Greener Ceramic Art Facility project diverted over 2,000 pounds of waste from materials purchased by students by recycling unfired clay and other materials.

As of 2017, the water bottle refill station that was installed as part of the Water Efficiency and Goldman School of Public Policy project was used to fill over 19,000 reusable bottles.

In 2018, the 3D Filament Reclamation Project helped divert approximately 100-200 lbs. of waste produced by labs and makerspaces by recycling their 3D printing filaments; they were able to process and recycle every 100 lbs. of printing waste into 45 spools of recycled filament at about a third of the cost of virgin material filaments.

From 2018-2019, Reusable Ware for ESPM diverted approximately 240 plates, cups, and sets of cutlery from landfill by creating a reusable dishware program for the department.

From 2018-2020, the Residence Hall Education Program collected over 1,000 lbs. of donations through residence hall move-out donation drives.

In 2019, the These Come From Trees project that placed educational stickers on paper towel dispensers helped to reduce paper towel consumption by 15%.

Between 2019-2020, the Repair for ReUSE Clinic repaired garments and thus diverted an estimated 146.5 lbs. of textile waste from entering the landfill.

From 2019-2020, the BearShare lending library of items such as digital camera kits, calculators, and chargers that saw over 100 item check-outs, representing 100 items saved from immediate disposal.

In 2019, Standardization of Waste Sorting Signage within UC Berkeley Residence halls installed over 3,000 waste sorting signs throughout campus residence halls. An audit conducted at Clark Kerr in early 2020 found that 30% of waste was diverted from landfills to recycling. The audit identified a potential for 80% waste diversion from landfills with increased utilization of composting services.

From 2020-2022, SERC developed a roadmap to phase-out single-use plastics from UC Berkeley through the SERC Membership Fund.

In 2020, textbooks reused through the Food for Thought Textbook Library were estimated to save 4 kgs of CO2 each. The 38 textbooks purchased in 2020 could save up to 152 kgs of CO2 per semester of use.

In 2021, the Reducing the Impact of Chemical Education project developed 3 new laboratory experiments that would teach green chemistry concepts. At least 1 faculty member approved of and committed to using one of the lab experiments.

As of 2022, the Cal Move-Out & Cooperative Reuse program organized by the Office of Sustainability’s Zero Waste Fellow has helped divert over 200,000 lbs. of furniture from landfills—including the recycling of over 600 mattresses—over the past 3 years.

In 2022, Healing the Pavement on Campus implemented their concrete recycling techniques to recycle 500 kg of waste concrete, sequestering an estimated 60 tons of CO2.

In 2022, Healing the Pavement on Campus used recycled concrete to repair cracks in 50 square meters of campus pavement.

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.

Since 2016, the Dual Flush in the Cooperatives project has saved approximately 69,120 gallons of water each year with the installation of 33 dual flush toilets in housing at the Cloyne Cooperative.

Since 2016, the Green Labs Supplies and Equipment Program has saved an estimated 1 million gallons of water per year through the installation of 60 fish pump recirculation systems installed at 5 labs on campus.

In 2017, the ASUC Solar Decathlon project created RISE (Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient), an affordable home unit designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption with a system to recycle greywater.

In 2017, the construction of the Rain Garden for the Grinnell Natural Area helped to capture and recycle between 2,544-6,666 cubic feet of runoff water.

In 2017, Elimination of Single-Pass Water Cooling Systems in Support of the UCOP Sustainability Policy purchased 5 recirculating water chillers for lab equipment in the College of Chemistry. These water chillers save an estimated 5 gallons of water per minute, or over 2.5 million gallons of water per year.

Since 2018, the sustainable, affordable tiny home created by Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) has conserved an estimated 15,000 gallons of water per year as compared to standard housing with a waterless compostable toilet, greywater recycling mechanisms, and other efficient technology.

In 2019, Green Labs evaluated aging autoclaves on campus to determine water savings from autoclave replacement. They estimated that autoclave replacement in 3 campus buildings would save 13.7 million gallons of water per year.

In 2020, repairs made to the irrigation pipe near the Li Ka Shing Prairie Planting Garden by Bee Campus USA were estimated to save 10 gallons of water per week.

In 2022, the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Crops of the World Internship converted 7 crop beds from micro sprinkler irrigation to drip irrigation.

In 2022, it was found that the Clark Kerr Rain Garden Community Garden/Rainwater Harvesting & Bioswale System at Hearst Field Annex installation saves an estimated 15,000 gal. of water per year for irrigation. This is equivalent to an estimated $124 in savings each year, or a 43% decrease in costs compared to conventional irrigation systems.

In early 2022, the bioswale installation of the Rainwater Harvesting & Bioswale System at Hearst Field Annex filtered pollutants from approximately 35,000 gallons of water.