2016 Grant Awards

The Green Initiative Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 TGIF Grant Awards.

TGIF has selected 11 projects, awarding a total of $210,990.57 in grant funding.
2016 By the Numbers:
  • Early Abstract Submissions: 9
  • Final Abstract Submissions: 25
  • Abstract Resubmissions: 3
  • Total Amount Requested: $621,775
  • Invited to Stage II: 20
  • Total Projects Awarded: 11
  • 3 staff-initiated;  7 student-initiated; 1 student and staff initiated
  • Total Grants Awarded: $210,990.57
  • New Student Internships Funded: 19    

Project Project Description TGIF Awards
Agroecological Fellows Program at UC Gill Tract Community Farm The UC Gill Tract Community Farm will develop an Agroecological Fellows Program (AFP) for UC Berkeley students through creation of five paid, part-time positions throughout Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The AFP will provide valuable experiential learning opportunities for the growing number of students interested in food systems, allowing them to become successful change-makers. Implementation of the AFP will significantly increase the Farm’s capacity to expand its food justice goals and accomplish its mission.  $29,448.35
Cal Dining Garden Expansion Many UC Berkeley students exhibit a serious need for access to fresh food. Cal Dining aspires to create a healthier, more equitable food system on-campus by providing access to fresh produce in the dining hall and the student food pantry, facilitating student leadership and experiential education, and connecting residents, students and the community as a whole to their greater environment. $4,604
Climate Vulnerability Assessment The Climate Readiness Institute and the Office of Sustainability and Energy propose to partner to craft a detailed assessment of the campus’ vulnerability to future climate change impacts.  The project will proceed in two phases.  In the first phase – Initiating Assessment and Developing Vulnerability Report – the team will set up an advisory committee and engage a graduate student to craft a Vulnerability Report.  The project team also proposes having other students assist with some of the more detailed data gathering for the Report, by seeking out class projects in the spring. During the first phase, the project team and the advisory committee will be working to clarify the scope of the second phase – Adaptation Plan Development – as the vulnerabilities identified in the Report become more clear.   $26,150
Pedal Power Bike Share Pedal Power Bike Share aims to bolster sustainable living and provide affordable bike opportunities to University Village (UV) residents. UV is located in Albany, three miles from the UC Berkeley campus. Students rely on cars, buses, personal bicycles and walking to get to their classes, to work, and to perform household chores. By providing residents with affordable access to bikes and organizing events around this new sustainable transportation option, Pedal Power Bike Share will create community around health and environmental education. $12,895.95
Student Organic Garden Association Summer Intern Program: Phase II Phase two of this internship program seeks to extend the impact of full-time garden management beyond summers and into the academic year so as to increase SOGA Garden’s fresh produce donations for the UC Berkeley Student Food Pantry, in addition to its educational offerings. $18,001
Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention (SPARR) Food Donations Program This project aims to combat food insecurity while promoting a zero waste policy, by implementing, via SPARR, a Food Donations program that delivers donated food items to student parents 4 times weekly at the UC Village. Since 2012, this program has revealed the astonishing amount of families struggling with food insecurity, as well as the emotional, psychological, and academic impacts this issue creates. $11,691.27
ASUC Solar Decathalon The Solar Decathlon 2017 is a two year competition in which 16 collegiate teams will design and build a Net Zero Energy solar home that will be showcased and judged in Denver, CO. Our team, RISE, is currently designing a multi-family living space for the city of Richmond, CA that aims to provide a sustainable and efficient solution for urban infill lots. Our design will use innovative technologies to be spatially, energy, and water efficient while still creating a welcoming and communal living environment. In addition, we are working to educate both our school community and the public about the benefits of sustainable design by holding speaker series, hosting a class, and presenting on our work. $32,500
Way to Go! Social Marketing Alternative Transportation Program Social marketing experts state that changing people’s travel behavior to alternative modes requires regular marketing to target audiences that make the desired behavior (ie. riding a bike or carpooling with a fellow graduate student) fun, popular, and easy. By branding the current Parking & Transportation program under one name, addressing gaps in knowledge through new technology, and conducting both online and in-person outreach, the project's aim is to shift the current Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) rate (ie.“drive alone” rate) from 42% to 41%. Parking & Transportation will be investing in various programs that address gaps in information, and will utilize TGIF grant funds to support this investment through online and offline marketing lead by two student marketing interns. $14,500
Developing a Greener Ceramic Art Facility: Energy, Material, Curriculum The UC Berkeley Art Practice Department will implement a two-part focus in creating a greener and more sustainable Ceramics facility: by seeking matching funds to upgrade its aging facilities by purchasing an energy-efficient kiln, re-oriented staffing time as a result of the kiln upgrade and funds to support green/recycling materials and curriculum within all ceramics classes. Together, this leveraging of equipment, material process, and curricular integration is a crucial part in conveying to the next generation of artists the impact of their material production and their ability to create sustainable works of art now and in the future. $20,000
ASUC Solar Committee The ASUC Solar Committee, referred to as the Solar Committee, was created by the ASUC Senate in Fall 2015 and is housed within the Office of the External Vice President. The Solar Committee was made responsible for coordinating the ASUC's efforts at facilitating off-campus solar panel installations and for lobbying the University to do more to increase its share of renewable power as directed by the Referendum. The Solar Committee will provide coordinated financial support to overcome the historical cost barriers to solar energy adoption on student group housing. $30,000
Water Efficiency at the Goldman School of Public Policy The Water Efficiency at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) project will enable GSPP to save water, reduce waste, lower its water bill, and be recognized as a “Water Smart Business.” With an accompanying education component to encourage students to be conscious of resource use and keep their reusable water bottles, this project will increase water efficiency and conservation through the replacement of an aged fountain with a water bottle filling station, installation of waterless urinals, hosting educational student events, and achieving recognition through certification by East Bay Municipal Utilities District as a “Water Smart Business.” $11,200
  TOTAL $210,990.57


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.