2014 Grant Awards

The Green Initiative Fund is pleased to annouce the recipients of the 2014 TGIF Grant Awards.

TGIF has selected 12 projects, awarding a total of $222,036 in grant funding and one loan of $3,579, for a grant total of $225,065.

2014 TGIF Grant Themes

2014 By the Numbers: 

  • Early Abstract Submissions: 12
  • Final Abstract Submissions: 11
  • Abstract Resubmissions: 5
  • Total Amount Requested: $733,768
  • Invited to Stage II: 12
  • Total Projects Awarded: 12
  • 7 staff-initiated; 5 student-initiated
  • Total Grants Awarded: $222,036
  • Total Loans Awarded: $3,579
  • Grand Total Awarded: $225,065
  • New Student Internships Funded: 27


Project Name Project Description TGIF Award
Forest Power This project will replace the use of propane and grid electricity in favor of wood for heating water and space in the conference center at Blodgett Forest Research Station. Wood will be procured sustainably during the process of conducting research and demonstration activity done on adjacent University forestland. A hydronic heater placed outside of the building will combust wood and then heat water that will be sent into the adjacent building. This heated water will directly supply hot water and will interface with an existing forced air heating system to provide heat.


Lab Microscope
This project aims to alleviate a large part of the inefficiencies in research-grade microscopes powered by metal halide lamps by replacing them with thermally stable and efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps. $25,200

Low Water Irrigation, Phase II 

The Low Water Irrigation Project will install five new weather stations on campus and will hire a student intern for monitoring and analysis. The weather stations will collect local weather (microclimate) information, recording temperature, humidity, wind, and solar data and adjust irrigation percentages against the base line. $11,378
Max-R Bins This project will implement new Max-R centralized collection bins for landfill, mixed paper, bottles and cans, and compost, in large student use buildings. The addition of the new units in highly trafficked student buildings will help familiarize students with proper incentives to divert their wastes. $28,600
SERC Mobile App SERC and Chinook Book have teamed up to create a sustainable living and educational mobile app that is available for FREE to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. The app provides resources and discounts: events, jobs, links to sustainability organizations, and over 200 mobile coupons from sustainable local merchants.  $10,000
South Hall Energy Efficiency This project will reduce the energy consumption of South Hall. By monitoring outlets throughout the building, energy usage patterns will be analyzed to create solutions for energy efficiency. The project leaders will install special smart plug load meters - technologies that have the ability to collect and store electricity usage data.  $12,400

Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project, Phase II

The Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project is a student-initiated project to design and install ecologically-functional grade control structures for a degraded section of Strawberry Creek. In addition to increasing channel stability, this project is an ecological restoration effort to support local fish and riparian species by improving habitat conditions and planting native riparian vegetation. $25,600

Student Organic Gardening Association Intern Program

The SOGA Intern Program provides the student organic garden with a continuity of management during the summer season, which will support continued education outreach and garden maintenance. The program further addresses SOGA's mission of promoting sustainable food systems through hands-on education and community education.  $20,396

Student Environmental Internship Program

SETP will annually create an intentional learning community for 10 students and 10 staff mentors. The program aims to provide leadership training, professional development, and critical thinking skills to UC Berkeley’s student environmentalists. It also aims to cultivate further student-staff partnerships in the campus sustainability community. Students will complete paid work hours on campus sustainability projects and unpaid educational hours on course curriculum. $44,117
Sustainable Food Stand The Berkeley Student Food Collective Food Hub will be a food cart placed around campus and select areas in Berkeley where students will be able to buy sustainable, organic, and delicious fruits, vegetables, and other snacks. It will be offered as a healthier alternative to other on-campus stores that may not offer a wide variety of healthy good options. 

$4,202 (grant)

$3,579 (loan)

Telegraph Green, Phase I This project will train students in green business certification, leverage the training to help south campus area student-serving businesses obtain green business certification, and promote green business consumer decisions via outreach in the campus community. $8,900

Video as Marketing for Event Waste

The Video as Marketing for Waste Diversion program (VaMWD, pronounced as “vamed”) will create three video shorts (30 – 90 seconds) to increase campus awareness of waste diversion, and in the process, will provide student interns with a cross-disciplinary and hands-on education of filmmaking for environmental and social causes.  $11,398
  TOTAL $225,065

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.