Committee

The TGIF Committee is the decision-making body for The Green Initiative Fund. The committee chooses which projects receive money, approves changes to awards, and guides the general direction of TGIF. The Committee is organized and facilited by the TGIF Coordinator. The Coordinator presents and reports to the Committee all information regarding TGIF funded projects and the TGIF program.


Voting Members

  • One graduate Student appointed by the Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee of the Graduate Assembly (GA)
  • One undergraduate Student appointed by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Environmental Sustainability Director
  • One Student appointed by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) *For the 2016-2017 Committee, we will be replacing this seat with an Environmental Sustainability Community-At-Large position 
  • One undergraduate Student-at-Large, selected by the Grant-Making Committee after the other three student members have been selected 
  • One Faculty member selected by the Academic Senate
  • One Staff member from Administration, selected by the Vice Chancellor for Administration
  • One Staff member from Real Estate, selected by the Vice Chancellor of Real Estate

 
The duties of the voting committee members are to:

  1. Attend monthly committee meetings
  2. Select which projects receive funding during grant review
  3. Vote on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments
  4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees


Non-Voting Members

The Director of Sustainability and Energy, a member of the Committee on Student Fees, and a representative of the ASUC Senate shall attend Committee meetings as non-voting Members, and the Committee shall invite experts/guests to provide information and expertise as needed.

The duties of the non-voting committee members are to:

  1. Attend monthly committee meetings
  2. Provide advice and background information to the committee during grant review
  3. Provide feedback to the committee on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments
  4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees

 

2016-2017 TGIF Committee
(More information on the 2017-18 TGIF Committee coming soon!)

Voting Members Name  Bios
Administration

Brigitte Lossing


 
Brigitte holds the position of Associate Director at UC Berkeley Recreational Sports. Her work on campus includes student development, staff leadership program design, and general health and wellness programming for adult and youth populations. Brigitte earned her advanced degree in Leadership Studies at Saint Mary's College Moraga where she is active in student outreach and engagement initiatives, as well as alumni learning and development strategies. Her best moments are spent outdoors taking long swims and walks. 
Associated Students of the University of California Ryan Saraie

Ryan is a second-year undergraduate intending to study Environmental Economics & Policy. Passionate about environmental issues, Ryan spends a lot of his time as a member of the ASUC Sustainability Team (also called STeam). In STeam, he manages the UC Berkeley chapter of I Will Ride, a public advocacy campaign geared towards informing students of the California High-Speed Rail, the first of its kind to be built in the United States. He’s really excited to be making a difference on campus through TGIF! Aside from that, you can catch Ryan playing guitar, learning how to cook, and chilling with friends.

 

Environmental Sustainabiity Communit-at-Large
Representative 

 

 

Taylor Lee

 

Coming soon!
 
Student At-Large Representative

 

Zoe Cassady

Zoe is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Molecular Environmental Biology with a concentration in Environmental and Human Health. She currently works with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society on campus as a method of educating and involving herself in social justice issues in the United States, and she also works with the US Department of Interior's Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance in San Francisco regarding water, energy, and climate issues that currently afflict the Western States. Broadly, she wishes to eventually work with environmental policy research aimed at mitigating climate change, and she holds a particular interest in renewable and alternative energy. You will find her most days going on outdoor adventures with friends, marathoning movies, reading, eating, or having long conversations about whichever interesting thing of the day.
 
Faculty

 

Duncan Callaway 

 

 

Duncan Callaway is an Assistant Professor in Energy and Resources Group.  He teaches courses on energy efficiency in buildings and electric power systems.  His research interests include (1) quantifying grid-level impacts of renewables integration (2) designing strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of grid integration of renewables and (3) improving demand side efficiency with new data analysis tools and electric vehicle charging.  
 
Real Estate

Veronica Wong

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Veronica is a project manager of campus construction projects with Construction and Design in the Real Estate Division. Her first exposure to TGIF was through managing a drought tolerant planting project at Anthony Hall alongside the campus landscape architect. Since then she has been involved with various campus sustainability and environment improvement projects such as the Lawns to Meadow program and restoration planting along Strawberry Creek. As a student Veronica was the Recycling Manager at her co-op of 60 people, educating members on recycling, reducing waste, and re-using daily! As an alum of UC Berkeley with a degree in Landscape Architecture Veronica is interested in creating sustainable and educational opportunities within the campus landscape with regard to long term planning, maintenance, and stewardship.
 
Graduate Assembly

 

Ben Gould

 

 

Ben is a dual MPP / MS in Environmental Engineering student. He joins the TGIF committee with four years of leadership experience in student groups dedicated to implementing local sustainability projects. Previously, he worked on air quality research at The International Council for Clean Transportation and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also currently sits on the City of Berkeley's Community Environmental Advisory Commission.
 
Non-Voting Members    
Committee on Student Fees

TBD

 

Ex-Officio, 
Energy Office

Kevin Ng

 

kevin2Kevin is an analyst with the Energy Office on campus. As a licensed mechanical engineer, he has chosen to focus his career in the field of all things related to energy. He is proud and excited to serve on the TGIF committee, and has been continuously impressed with the efforts of students and staff on making the campus more sustainable. He has a knack for identifying and solving problems – in his free time, you may find him running tenant energy efficiency improvement projects for his Dalmations' kennel.
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects

Judy Chess

 


 

JudyJudy, the Assistant Director of Green Building Programs, has over twenty-five years of planning experience in campus long range and master planning, project management, facilities and capital projects administration. She specializes in integrating sustainability goals and green building measures into all of UC Berkeley's capital projects. Ms. Chess helped establish Berkeley's Office of Sustainability and works on the new Energy Management Initiative program that will accomplish almost half of the GHG reductions required to meet Berkeley's emissions reduction target. She serves as Facilities' liaison to campus research and teaching activities in sustainability, provides oversight to the Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Building Sustainability @ Cal, a service learning programs that provides students with the opportunity to work directly with campus users on sustainability measures. Judy is a LEED AP BD+C and holds Masters in Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a B.E.S. from University of Manitoba, Canada.
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability

 

Lisa McNeilly


 

Lisa has over fifteen years of experience working in the sustainability field. As Director of Sustainability at UC Berkeley, she has focused on sustainability planning and on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and waste generation. She publishes annual sustainability reports and compiles sustainability metrics to emphasize transparency and accountability. Prior to her arrival at University of California, she served as regional program director for the Nature Conservancy, managed sustainability and compliance for facilities at the Grand Canyon, directed international programs at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and served as special assistant to the White House Climate Change Task Force. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Princeton and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Davidson College.

TGIF &
Sustainability 
Initiatives
Coordinator

Sharon Daraphonhdeth

 

Sharon is the TGIF and Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator. In this role, she oversees the campus green fund program, the Zero Waste Research Center, and Nature Village. She serves as the Co-Chair for the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Sharon holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in "Humanities and the Environment" from San Francisco State University. IMG 2144



Past TGIF Committees
 

2015-2016

Voting Members Name
Administration Brigitte Lossing
Associated Students of the University of California Stephanie Kinser
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Aly Boyce
Graduate Assembly  Ben Gould
Faculty Duncan Callaway
Real Estate Todd Henry
Student At-Large Representative Amaia Schultz
 

2014-2015

Voting Members Name
Administration Denise Cronin
Associated Students of the University of California Keilan Rathjen
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Pallavi Sherikar
Graduate Assembly  Phillip Braddock
Faculty Celine Pallud
Real Estate Todd Henry
Student At-Large Representative Pascal Polonik



2013-2014

Voting Members Name
Administration Denise Cronin
Associated Students of the University of California Judy Li
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Cheyenne Overall
Student At-Large Representative Nicole Kush
Faculty Celine Pallud
Facilities Services Kevin Ng
Graduate Assembly Cara Tovey
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Prakash Stec
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2012-2013

Voting Members Name
Administration Kira Stoll
Associated Students of the University of California Jacqueline Hsu
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Brynn Cook
Student At-Large Representative Shilpa Sure
Faculty John Chiang
Facilities Services Kevin Ng
Graduate Assembly Daniel Riffe
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Conner Nannini
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh



2011-2012

Voting Members Name
Administration Kira Stoll
Associated Students of the University of California Kailin Lu
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Rachel Chang
Student At-Large Representative Mauricio Castillo
Faculty David Jenkins
Facilities Services Lin King
Graduate Assembly Autumn Petros-Good
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Deanna Alwafai
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2010-2011

Voting Members Name
Administration Greg Haet
Associated Students of the University of California Elizabeth Heredia
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Courtney McDonald
Student At-Large Representative Varun Pande
Faculty none
Facilities Services Sara Shirazi
Graduate Assembly Damien Bickett
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Rachel Tenney
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh

 

2009-2010

Voting Members Name
Administration Greg Haet
Associated Students of the University of California Kaitlin Jaffe
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Xander Lenc
Student At-Large Representative Annie Davis
Faculty Max Aufhammer/Cris Benton
Facilities Services Sara Shirazi
Graduate Assembly John Mikulin
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Shaan Sheth
Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Judy Chess
Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability Lisa McNeilly
TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung



2008-2009

Voting Members Name
Administration Lisa McNeilly
Associated Students of the University of California Katherine Brittain
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Shawn Orgel-Olson
Student At-Large Representative Morgan Wallace
Faculty Cris Benton
Facilities Services Judy Chess
Graduate Assembly Karen Weinbaum
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Kristina Punwani
TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung



2007-2008

Voting Members Name
Administration Fahmida Ahmed
Associated Students of the University of California Christina Oatfield
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Kelley Payne-McKanna
Student At-Large Representative Morgan Wallace
Faculty Ed Arens
Facilities Services Judy Chess
Graduate Assembly John Stanley
Non-Voting Members  
Committee on Student Fees Kristina Punwani

 

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.