Graduate Assembly Environmental Sustainbility Conference

Project Leads: Jonathan Morris, Brandon Wood 

Sponsor: ​Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

TGIF Grant: $10,350
Project Theme: Education & Behavioral Change
Project Location: TBD
Status: In Progress
Project Description: This project is to conduct a one-day environmental and climate science, policy, and advocacy conference for graduate students to engage with these issues in a manner outside their academic focus, building cross-disciplinary skills and collaborative efforts.

Project Goals:
  1. The first overall goal of this project is to conduct a one-day conference that will consist of a variety of speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, and an exposition. Workshop topics are envisioned to include topics such as strategies for lobbying, securing grant funding, organizational development, communicating and messaging, commercializing technologies, and current environmental protection law and policy. Finally, the conference will conclude with an exhibition to help convey scientific information about the environment and sustainability initiatives, policies, and technologies to a broader audience that might not otherwiseconsider themselves interested in sustainability.
  2. Although this proposal is for a single year, the second overall goal of this project is to develop the institutional knowledge required to deliver long-term, year-round environmental sustainability programming to graduate students. Environmental sustainability is an interdisciplinary task, comprising of science, technology, policy, business, law, and the humanities. However, opportunities engaging environmental sustainability in a cross disciplinary manner are lacking. Ensuring collaborative efforts in environmental sustainability will allow graduate students to understand the multifaceted problem of making the campus and the larger community move toward environmentally sustainable patterns. 

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.