2013 Grant Awards

TGIF is awarding a total of $278,505.41 across 14 projects.

The 2013 TGIF Spring Grant Awards are in addition to the $17,525 awarded across 12 projects this fall as part of TGIF's first annual Fall Mini-Grant cycle.

With the announcement of the 2013 TGIF Spring Grant Awards, TGIF has now awarded over $1.5 million to 96 projects in six years of funding.

2013 TGIF Project ThemesThis grant cycle's most prominent project theme is Habitat Restoration, with five projects receiving funding.

Themes # of Projects Perecentage (%)
Waste 3 22
Transportation 1 7
Energy 3 21
Water 0 0
Food 1 7
Education & Behavior Change 1 7
Habitat 5 36
TOTAL 14 100


Project Name Project Description TGIF Award
Berkeley Student Food Collective Sustainable Business and Development Internship Program Interns will be hired to investigate and promote the long-term financial and environmental viability of the BSFC. The four positions will be Storefront Sustainability intern, Real Food Advocacy intern, Community Relations intern, and Financial Viability intern. $6,844.31
Cal CAP 2.0 Internships Cal CAP 2.0 will support three important student climate related internships. The work the students will perform will be integral to the campus setting its next greenhouse gas emissions target, to informing the next campus Climate Action Plan, and to achieving our CalCAP education objectives. $9,000
Campus Shared Services Cycles CSS Cycles will offer a shared electric assist bicycle available to CSS staff as an alternative to private, internal combustion powered vehicles, for the purpose of transporting staff as needed to and from the main UC Berkeley campus and the new Campus Shared Services (CSS) Center. $3,000
Campus Tree Inventory This project will inventory the main campus trees to create a tree database system for campus maintenance and to apply for tree campus USA status. $20,288.30
Cool Towers Cool Towers will hire two student associates to assist PP-CS in the development of a comprehensive cooling tower inventory. The students will identify system type, controls, water treatment type, and chemical usage, as well as an indication of overall water usage, strainer and basin health of the cooling towers. PP-CS will use the data to identify water and energy conservation opportunities and develop a campus-wide standard for future cooling tower installations and retrofits. $10,216
Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek Fitting Plant to Space will refine the trait-based approach tested by the 2012 TGIF Grant by measuring soil characteristics (moisture, organic matter content, nitrogen, texture and pH) and landscape factors (proximity to road, slope, and surrounding vegetation communities) at each site before planting. Fitting Plant to Space will also engage 500 volunteers and improve the efficiency and standards of the Strawberry Creek volunteer program. $12,388
Hearst North Field Soil Restoration Hearst North Field Soil Restoration project will eliminate the amount of synthetic leachate washed off from the field, and greatly reduce the watering needs of the field by 20%-30% with an estimated captured savings of over 250,000 gallons annually. The management methodology consists of covering the field with high quality compost, working the compost into the soil, and regularly applying a liquid compost brew to the turf. $32,000
Nature Village Sustainable Family Living, Phase II Nature Village Phase II will build upon 2012 TGIF Grant Project Nature Village by implementing a sharing campaign and a hazardous and electronic waste program, expanding the Green Family Program, and shooting a 3 min. Nature Village video. $18,840
Pedaling Towards Zero Waste Pedaling Towards Zero Waste would fund a hybrid human-electric powered Truck Trike to be used by ReUSE, CRRS, and other licensed and trained campus individuals for pick-ups and deliveries of reusable materials or during sustainability related projects. $7,994.80
Refills Not Landfills Refills not Landfills will collaborate with local beverage sellers to create a stamp card that can be used by customers who bring their own mugs. Each time a customer BYOM's s/he will receive a stamp and work towards a free drink, with a goal of incentivizing customers to "refill" or reuse, not "landfill". $4,853
Restorative Ecology Training Program The Restorative Ecology Training Program will develop an intensive training course for UC Berkeley undergraduate students geared toward young ecological professionals interested in sustainable soil use and habitat restoration. The training program will include lab, field, and outreach components. $19,785
Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project This Ecological Stabilization Project will help Strawberry Creek regain ecological stability by applying basic LID strategies and habitat restoration measures. Grant funding will finance the design phase of the project. $47,840
Solar Powering Cal Solar Powering Cal will ensure student engagement in the campus efforts to install solar on selected campus buildings and will make TGIF a key partner in solar as new reality at UC Berkeley. TGIF will also play a role in the larger regional effort to bring over 100 solar PV installations to public agency sites around the bay area. $60,000
SPROUTS SPROUTS, or Student Projects Redefining Our University's Trash, Sustainably, will be a waste education and outreach team focused on events, education campaigns, working with Overstock and Surplus, and teaching a standardized campus waste audit. $25,456
  TOTAL $278,505.41

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.