2016 Grant Awards

Agroecological Fellows Program at UC Gill Tract Community Farm

Project Description: Agroecological Fellows Program at UC Gill Tract Community Farm The UC Gill Tract Community Farm will develop an Agroecological Fellows Program (AFP) for UC Berkeley students through creation of five paid, part-time positions throughout Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

TGIF Award: $29,448.35

Cal Dining Garden Expansion

Project Description: Many UC Berkeley students exhibit a serious need for access to fresh food. Cal Dining aspires to create a healthier, more equitable food system on-campus by providing access to fresh produce in the dining hall and the student food pantry, facilitating student leadership and experiential education, and connecting residents, students and the community as a whole to their greater environment.

TGIF Award: $4,604

Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Project Description: The Climate Readiness Institute and the Office of Sustainability and Energy propose to partner to craft a detailed assessment of the campus’ vulnerability to future climate change impacts.

TGIF Award: $26,150

Pedal Power Bike Share

Project Description: Pedal Power Bike Share aims to bolster sustainable living and provide affordable bike opportunities to University Village (UV) residents.

TGIF Award: $12,895.95

Student Organic Garden Association Summer Intern Program: Phase II

Project Description: Phase two of this internship program seeks to extend the impact of full-time garden management beyond summers and into the academic year so as to increase SOGA Garden’s fresh produce donations for the UC Berkeley Student Food Pantry, in addition to its educational offerings.

TGIF Award: $18,001

Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention (SPARR) Food Donations Program

Project Description: This project aims to combat food insecurity while promoting a zero waste policy, by implementing, via SPARR, a Food Donations program that delivers donated food items to student parents 4 times weekly at the UC Village. Since 2012, this program has revealed the astonishing amount of families struggling with food insecurity, as well as the emotional, psychological, and academic impacts this issue creates.

TGIF Award: $11,691.27

ASUC Solar Decathalon

Project Description: The Solar Decathlon 2017 is a two year competition in which 16 collegiate teams will design and build a Net Zero Energy solar home that will be showcased and judged in Denver, CO.

TGIF Award: $32,500

Way to Go! Social Marketing Alternative Transportation Program

Project Description: The Social Marketing Program aims to brand Cal's alternative transportation programs and reward people by creating fun opportunities through events and a commuter club. 

TGIF Award: $14,500

Developing a Greener Ceramic Art Facility: Energy, Material, Curriculum

Project Description: The UC Berkeley Art Practice Department will implement a two-part focus in creating a greener and more sustainable Ceramics facility: by seeking matching funds to upgrade its aging facilities by purchasing an energy-efficient kiln, re-oriented staffing time as a result of the kiln upgrade and funds to support green/recycling materials and curriculum within all ceramics classes.

TGIF Award: $20,000

ASUC Solar Committee

Project Description: The ASUC Solar Committee, referred to as the Solar Committee, was created by the ASUC Senate in Fall 2015 and is housed within the Office of the External Vice President. The Solar Committee was made responsible for coordinating the ASUC's efforts at facilitating off-campus solar panel installations and for lobbying the University to do more to increase its share of renewable power as directed by the Referendum.

TGIF Award: $30,000

Water Efficiency and the Goldman School of Public Policy

Project Description: The Water Efficiency at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) project will enable GSPP to save water, reduce waste, lower its water bill, and be recognized as a “Water Smart Business.” With an accompanying education component to encourage students to be conscious of resource use and keep their reusable water bottles, this project will increase water efficiency and conservation through the replacement of an aged fountain with a water bottle filling station, installation of waterless urinals, hosting educational student events, and achieving recognition through certification by East Bay Municipal Utilities District as a “Water Smart Business.”

TGIF Award: $11,200