Project Leads: Tim Pine & Karl Hans
Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety
TGIF Grant: $12,865
Project Description: The project team will design and construct a native plant nursery and garden between Giannini Hall and Wellman Court in order to support the restoration of Strawberry Creek. The project plans will include an outdoor nursery of seedlings, a demonstration garden of native plants, and signage illustrating plant species and nursery education for community members.
- Construction volunteers installed a decomposed granite pathway from the asphalt walkway skirting the west side of Giannini Hall to the entrance of the Nursery.
- Construction of the Native Plant Nursery was completed, having installed hardware cloth on the doorway and four walks to provide security for the plants and equipment stored inside the Nursery. The Nursery held its grand opening on May 4th, 2011. The opening was well attended (approx. 50 guests including the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and the Director of Friends of Five Creeks, Susan Schwartz) and well covered by the Berkeleyan and the Berkeley Daily Planet.
- Construction was also completed on the site adjacent to the shade house once the project team installed the pathway and planting beds for the native plant demonstration garden. The demonstration garden design will tie in the nursery operation providing visitors with examples of mature and developing native plants and will feature interpretive signage and seating for small groups.
- From November 2010-March 2011, the Strawberry Creek Restoration team grew and planted several hundred native plants.
Next Steps: The Nursery will be used to grow native plants for the re-establishment of a native and diverse habitat within the Campus Natural Areas while simultaneously educating and engaging Cal students in the process of plant propagation and habitat restoration. The Nursery will also host Kids for the Bay Summer Camp for summer 2011 after several years of working primarily on ivy removal with the kids (aged 5 to 9). The Nursery team will continue to collaborate with 2010 TGIF Project Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training.
Project:UC Berkeley Campus Dashboard
Project Leads: Sam Borgeson
Sponsor: Berkeley Institute of the Environment
TGIF Grant: $76,750
Project Description: This project will develop a centralized database and website that aggregates a common and consistent set of resource consumption data (i.e. electricity, water, steam) for the UC Berkeley campus that will be easily accessible for those interested in using or viewing the data. This data can be used to make recommendations for improving efficiency of the campus consumption of these resources. The data will be updated and hosted through a web-based building dashboard.
- The Campus Dashboard project launched the finalized version of its online Dashboard, complete with data for electricity, water, and steam for most campus buildings.
- The hand crank game was completed and negotiations began with CITRIS for possibly displaying the game in the CITRIS museum.
- Posters were created and displayed in Free Speech Movement Café explaining the colorful string of LEDs running up the side of a pillar, which show the café’s energy use in real time, broken out by categories such as lighting, coffee, and electrical outlets.
Next Steps: Campus Dashboard Project is looking to pass on the project and site to a new campus host for maintaining and promoting the site’s data, possibly collaborating with the campus’s new Energy Communications Specialist.
Project Leads: Rebecca Anderson
Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety
TGIF Grant: $10,000
Project Description: Occupants of University Hall will undertake a series of sustainability initiatives, with an end goal of obtaining LEED EBOM certification. This project will apply for LEED points in “Energy & Atmosphere: optimize energy performance”, “Materials & Resources: solid waste management”, “Indoor Environmental Quality: entryway systems”, and “Innovation in Operations: communication, education”. The project will replace inefficient appliances, implement a composting system, install window film, and host sustainable coffee hours.
- Purchased window film supplies and scheduled 2 “demo days” for staff and hired Green Campus complete mass installations of window film during summer 2011.
- Purchased an Energy Star replacement refrigerator and task lighting for building staff.
- Hired Miki Sankary, a student intern for summer 2010 and spring 2011, who conducted a water audit, completed buildings newsletters, and provided outreach.
Next Steps: University Hall will apply for LEED EBOM certification and complete the window film installations.
2009 Grant Recipients
Project Leads: Jim Horner & Theron Klos
Sponsor: Facilities Services & Capital Projects
TGIF Grant: $40,000
Project Description: This project will prepare a master plan that includes locations, methodology, and plant palettes for converting selected grass lawns to regionally appropriate plants and promotes more efficient use of water and fossil fuel resources while respecting how open space is used.
- In March, Lawns to Meadows received an additional allocation of $1,000 from TGIF to hire a student intern. The intern’s duties will include designing and producing signage for the converted lawns and creation of a PowerPoint and posters to assist with the construction bidding for fall. The main focus will be on the lawn in front of Anthony Hall and the lawn behind the Alumni Annex building running alongside Strawberry Creek. UC Berkeley graduate student Kathy Tong was hired for the position.
- The Lawns to Meadows Master Plan was approved by Vice Chancellor Denton.
- Two large lawn areas near Strawberry Creek were converted into meadows.
- A new lawn conversion south of Hildebrand Hall was completed. Jim Horner leveraged funds from the construction project to replace the mowed turf lawn with a Native Grassland sod that should only need to be cut once or twice a year. The project also employed the latest low precipitation irrigation heads to get the sod established and keep it alive.
- Grounds removed turf south of Birge Hall and began replacing it with groundcovers and perennials; Ground also began working on other lawns based on the Lawns to Meadows Workshop recommendations.
- The already converted sites feature drip irrigation (a low precipitation system), porous concrete and decomposed granite paths, pavement and stone pavers set in sand, native grassland sods, native grass blends (which only need to be mowed 1-2 times per year), organic tanbark groundcovers, seasonal flowering plants, and drought tolerant perennial plants.
Next Steps: The Anthony Hall site is exposed to south facing sun and thus requires a large amount of water for maintenance of the lawn, currently requiring 661 gallons per week, which translates to approximately 26,460 gallons per year. The project team proposes the conversion of the current lawn to drought tolerant ground covers and low shrub plantings to be used as lawn substitutes. These steps will reduce the need for maintenance and repairs, while simultaneously lowering water costs. The lawn behind the Alumni Annex building is an open north facing lawn. The proposed changes will save water (current water usage: 3,600 gallons per week and 144,000 gallons per year) and reduce maintenance while still retaining open space and creek side sitting space qualities.
Project:Recycling at Cal Program
Project Leads: Michal Shuldman & Theron Klos
Sponsor: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services
TGIF Grant: $55,000
Project Description: This project will design, label, and install receptacles for collection and recycling of beverage containers, mixed paper, and landfill waste in multiple strategic outdoor campus locations.
The bin design working group finalized the design standards and selected a manufacturer:
- The color of the body of the bin should be Elephants Breath.
- The design should become the new standard for the campus, incorporated into the Campus Landscape Master Plan. Once the design becomes the standard, campus could allow for a different finish on the container if requested for new buildings.
- The project team confirmed that the containers can be bolted down.
- Drain holes for the bottom were suggested, with the being rodent-proof sizes. Bins will also be coated to prevent graffiti.
- The bin design is ergonomically sound; the TGIF grant is being subsidized by a grant from the Worker Compensation Fund.
- The bins will have larger, colored labels so people can recognize the bin types from a distance.
- The bin types will have different shaped openings for different streams of recycling; research shows that changing the aperture for different streams can significantly decrease contamination.
- Flexibility with design: the bin design allows for the ability to add compost when it comes online. The face plates and labels of the new bins are all removable and can be switched with different streams as needed, including adding compost. The new bin design is an octagon shape which allows for the bin to be grouped in a variety of configurations or set up separately.
- The bins will be ADA accessible.
Next Steps: Recycling at Cal will work with the manufacturer to create a physical prototype and finalize the bin designs. The project team will also hire GO! Team to conduct pre-implementation and post-implementation waste audits on Upper Sproul to determine the success of the new bins. The project team hopes to place the bin order in December 2011 and begin installation of the bins January/February 2012. Post-implementation, the project team and TGIF will collaborate with Campus recycling and Refuse Services to publicize the bins and educate the campus on waste reduction practices.
2010 Grant Recipients
Project Leads: Tim Pine & Karl Hans
Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety
TGIF Grant: $17,000
Project Description: This project will continue and expand a highly successful 2009 CACS Grant funded pilot program to train a corps of Cal students for leading habitat restoration activities on University owned-space. The project will expand current efforts occurring in the Strawberry Creek and Claremont Creek watersheds, University Village, the Codornices Watershed, and the Richmond Field Station.
- All student positions were filled (Position title- SCRP Coordinator) by hiring students Tyler Grinberg, Katherine Blair, Courtney Hann, and David Pon.
- The Coordinators met each Monday afternoon with Staff Advisors Karl Hans and Tim Pine at the Native Plant Nursery, where items for discussion included logistical planning for future volunteer restoration events, reviewing metrics and progress toward restoration goals, planning for next semester’s training of Student Restoration Leaders, and any related issues.
- The project team designed and ordered team T-shirts that the leaders proudly wore at all occasions including restoration events.
- The project leaders ordered new tools and supplies to replenish existing stocks that were damaged or depleted during the year’s events.
- The SRL training program evolved over the last year to significantly expand on the relatively short two-day combined classroom and field work to now recommend that students interested in becoming SRLs should first enroll in the DeCal class taught by Coordinators Pon and Grinberg. This model greatly improves the breadth of knowledge the prospective Restoration Leaders receive and in turn improves their confidence and effectiveness as they organize their own volunteer events.
- 25 students were enrolled in the Spring 2011 class. 85 students have enrolled since inception in Spring 2010.
- From November 2010-March 2011, the Coordinators held 20 creek events, 9 since January. The events were served by 250 volunteers and the team and volunteers clocked over 11,600 hours of restoration work. The Coordinators and volunteers also worked intensely on the removal of Periwinkle, Chilean Red Current, English Ivy, Algerian Ivy, and invasive grasses.
Next Steps: The Restoration Student Leadership Team will continue to host creek restoration events and collaborate with the Native Plant Nursery. The team will also continue to plan curriculum for and run the Restoration DeCal, with hopes of hiring future SCRP Coordinators from those who have completed the DeCal.
Project Leads: Kimberly Lam & Morwenna Rowe
Sponsors: Green Campus & Residential Student Services Program (RSSP)
TGIF Grant: $3,100
Project Description: Green Campus, a student-run internship program that works to increase campus sustainability by bridging the gap between students and institutional energy costs, will create an educational sustainable laundry campaign for students living in UC Berkeley residence halls and Family Student Housing. The Laundry Campaign will educate students about how they can reduce their carbon and water footprints by altering their laundry habits.
- The project team conducted 207 pre-surveys in the Cal Greek Community, covering both sororities and fraternities.
- According to the team’s surveys, 86.53% of campus loads are NOT done with the coldest setting (bright colors). Based on the team’s calculations, if this percentage of loads were switched to washing on the bright colors setting, the campus could significantly save water, energy, and money.
- The project team presented at “Greeks Go Green” event in Fall 2010.
- The team designed and ordered 500 static-cling machine stickers.
- The team received eco-friendly laundry detergent samples from Vaska for giveaways.
- The team created bi-lingual pre-survey for Family Housing to be sent out in Fall 2011.
- The project team calculated potential savings for both the Residential Halls and Student Family Housing (see example of potential savings below).
Approximately 6600 students for the school year (8 months), one load / week:
(6,600 students) (8 months) (4.27 weeks / month) (1 load / week) = 225,456 loads / school year
(225,456)(.8653)(1.0764) = 209,992.916 lbs CO2/yr avoided if all non-coldest setting now coldest setting
If “End the Cycle” reaches its target of 50% of the not-coldest-setting loads now washed in the coldest setting:
(224,456)(.8653)(0.5)(0.080054) = 7,774.115 therms = $7,774.12 savings
(224,456)(.8653)(0.5)(1.0764) = 104,540.16 lbs CO2/yr avoided
Next Steps: After finishing designing the laundry stickers, “End the Cycle” was notified by RSSP that all campus residence halls were getting brand new washing machines that had a different control panel design. Because of this, “End the Cycle” will need to: 1. Obtain new machine model’s settings data to recalculate potential savings; 2. Redesign sticker to correspond to new control panel; 3. Send out pre-implementation surveys (English, Chinese, Spanish) to Student Family Housing and collect survey results; 4. Calculate new potential water and energy savings; 5. Order new laundry stickers and post on machines.
Project Leads: Joanna Young & Robert Lewis
Sponsor: Practice of Art Department
TGIF Grant: $5,000
Project Description: This project will design a marketing and education campaign to help occupants of Kroeber Hall, home to the Practice of Art Department, develop sustainability behaviors. The campaign will include the design and posting of monthly educational signage covering various sustainability topics, as well as permanent signage reminding occupants to turn out the lights and not put toxic art materials down the drain. Posters and signage will target Kroeber’s art studios and bathrooms.
- Greening Kroeber worked with the Practice of Art department to gauge which signs needed to be changed and updated to be more permanent.
- GK developed a functioning website and attained the domain name. Kroeber.berkeley.edu by getting a letterhead from the Practice of Art department.
- GK created survey for Kroeber occupants focused on sustainable art practices and figured out the logistics for the survey.
- GK created a logo and a design style that will be consistent with a sustainability theme.
- GK made two example posters and postcards as well as design drafts for our following months.
- GK created a Flickr album of current Kroeber signage.
Next Steps: Greening Kroeber received a timeline adjustment approval from TGIF in December 2010, as delays in the design process delayed the printing and posting of posters in Kroeber Hall. Monthly posters will begin rolling out in August 2011.
Project Leads: Maha Haji & Kimberly Lau
Sponsor: Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES)
TGIF Grant: $15,000
Project Description: The Human Power Generation in Fitness Facilities research project will create a human power generation center at the UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facilities, which averages over 2,800 patrons per day, to develop new technologies and methods for energy conservation and power generation.
- The project team expanded to approximately fourteen students to complete the project. The students were divided into two teams: one to work on the pedal-powered laptop system and one to work on the elliptical energy-harnessing system. The project team completed 80% of the pedal-powered laptop station and the elliptical trainer energy-harnessing system is underway in the prototyping stages.
- The project team received an elliptical donation from a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department; unfortunately, its internal mechanisms were too different from those within the RSF machines and therefore could not be used for the prototype.
- The project team received an elliptical donation from RSF by the end of spring semester; this machine will be used starting fall 2011 for the elliptical prototype.
- Human Powered Gym was able to offer course credit up to 4 units to students for assistance with the project; this offer will be carried over into 2011-2012
Next Steps: The Human Powered Gym team will recruit new volunteers for the 2011-2012 team to replace leaving members. As a part of the retrofit of each elliptical machine, there will be an on-board energy management unit from which the project team can monitor the energy generated by each machine and can track the total energy generated by the gym. The project team will also monitor the usage of various pieces of equipment changes over time (i.e. if patrons use the treadmills less) with sign-up sheets at the RSF. Finally, once the installations are in place, the project team will send out a post-implementation survey to evaluate how the RSF users’ perceptions and opinions of energy usage and consumption have changed. Human Powered Gym estimates annual energy savings of approximately $1,000 upon completion of retrofitting all 28 elliptical machines.
Project Leads: Kira Stoll & Lisa McNeilly
Sponsor: Office of Sustainability
TGIF Grant: $16,650
Project Description: TLC will host a series of training and mentoring opportunities for students and staff on a wide variety of sustainability topics, with the intention of building a campus culture of sustainability through career training and development opportunities. These opportunities will include job shadowing for student and staff, a student multi-media communications project, staff sustainability training, and three paid student internships within the Office of Sustainability.
- From July to May, TLC issued 8 editions of Bright Green News and expanded its subscribers from 1,400 to 2,000 – a 43% increase in readership.
- Student Sustainability Forums were held during at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters. The spring forum was videotaped and posted to the Office of Sustainability’s YouTube Channel.
- TLC interns created YouTube Video, entitled “UC Bee Sustainable”, during which TinkerBee leads us on a sustainability tour of UC Berkeley
- Seven students have held paid internships with the Office of Sustainability- Meet the Interns! (pg. 5 of the newsletter)
- The number Certified Green Events grew from 34 to 57 from the end of fall semester to May, with 82% of these 57 events offering composting, and an estimated 80% serving a minimum of 10% sustainable food. Approximately 19,300 people attended these certified events.
Next Steps: Originally slated to complete by June 2011, TLC will continue in 2012 having only expended an estimated 1/3 of its grant award. The Office of Sustainability will continue to employ paid student interns, who will complete an additional two multimedia projects for TLC. The interns will also contribute to the 2011 Campus Sustainability Report and help the Office launch its Work Bright Green Staff Sustainability Trainings.
Project: UC Berkeley Energy Symposium
Project Leads: Martin Kemeny & Andrew Hamilton
Sponsor: Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)
TGIF Grant: $5,000
Project Description: This project will provide funding for green event assistance for the spring 2011 BERC Energy Symposium. The BERC Symposium is the single largest student-sponsored energy-related event held at UC Berkeley annually. The symposium brings together students, faculty, staff, and off-campus professional to discuss energy and sustainability related issues.
Accomplishments: Originally slated for spring 2011, BERC chose to postpone its Energy Symposium until October 20-21, 2011, to be held in Pauley Ballroom in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. The postponement will allow BERC to further solicit panelists, keynote speakers, and project posters, and put forth more design work on the program. BERC submitted a revised budget to the TGIF Committee, allocating its $5,000 towards waste reduction practices for the event, such as recycling and composting receptacles, compostable dining ware, and nametag printing machines. The nametag printers will allow BERC to print as needed, rather than ahead of time for people who may not show, saving on paper and ink resources.
Next Steps: BERC will purchase the TGIF funded materials and host the 2011 Energy Symposium on October 20-21, 2011 in Pauley Ballroom.
Project:Wurster Hall Sub-Metering
Project Leads: Eliahu Perszyk
Sponsor: College of Environmental Design
TGIF Grant: $56,000
Project Description: This project will install sub-metering systems within Wurster Hall so that data from different systems (electricity, water, steam) on various floors and in various rooms within the building can be separated out from the whole building data on the UC Berkeley Campus Dashboard. Sub-metering Wurster’s systems will also enable further research into proposing stop/start schedules for equipment, as had already been completed with the fans.
- Twenty-four sub-meters were installed in Wurster Hall.
- The installed sub-meters will track the electrical load of the heat circulation equipment, the 3 elevators, the supply and exhaust fans, Ramona’s Café, the Ceramics kilns, and the plug loads on studio floors 4-9 of Wurster Hall.
- The sub-meters were connected to the existing Obvius system, the current web-based platform for building metering at UC Berkeley.
- The project leader hired student intern Sean Flanagan to produce posters displaying sub-meter and whole building loads for the month of January and March. These posters were put up in the Dashboard display in the Wurster Hall lobby.
Next Steps: The sub-meter data is readily available for viewing on Obvius. The data will be especially useful for students interested in using it for research projects or sustainability groups looking to conduct energy conservation competitions. The data can be also used for education and outreach efforts geared towards Wurster occupants. The other purpose of the sub-meters is to enable tracking of efficiency savings, for example once the ventilation fan speeds are changed the project team will have access to pre- and post-implementation data. The meters can also help Facilities Services understand if equipment is deviating from its operating schedule. The Wurster Hall project will pursue LEED EBOM credits in Energy & Atmosphere. The project will also be working with classes in Building Science on Wurster Energy Efficiency, determining high value sites for future sub-metering and the possible metering of the building’s lighting load.