In an effort to further TGIF transparency and promote the success and impacts of TGIF projects, TGIF recently launched the “Overview & Metrics” page on the website. The content describes program and metric highlights from 6 years of TGIF funding.
Since its inaugural grant cycle in spring 2008, TGIF has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to ninety-six (96) projects, in the form of eighty-four (84) spring grant awards and twelve (12) fall mini-grant awards. These grants have included the funding of one hundred ninety-five (195) student sustainability internships and student interns have worked an estimated 12,000 hours on TGIF-funded projects.
As of July 1, 2013, fifty-three (53) TGIF projects have successfully concluded and forty (40) are currently in-progress. Only three (3) projects have been discontinued.
TGIF funding has made possible quite a few campus “firsts”, including:
- 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 was 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 grantto design and implement UC Berkeley first outdoor and indoor standardized recycling systems.
Be sure to check out this new and exciting resource and see the incredible impact of UC Berkeley students’ generous student fees.
Special thanks to TGIF Program Associate Kareem Hammoud for taking a lead on making a TGIF dream a reality!