Building Sustainability at Cal (BS@C)

Project Leads: Tony Hall, Claire Parkinson, Nonnie Coelho & Jacqueline Tooley

Sponsor: Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC)

TGIF Grant: $14,015.00

Project Theme: Transportation & Urban Development 

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Building Sustainability at Cal (BS@C) Program trains and utilizes students to help reduce the environmental impact of campus buildings by identifying structural and operational changes that can be made to buildings, as well as designing and implementing educational projects. This is accomplished by hiring student interns and working on case‐by‐case outreach and auditing projects. BS@C interns cooperate with building and project managers, assisting on LEED© (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit documentations and other audits. In addition, we provide a framework for recognition of smaller-scale green construction projects known as the Green Paw Certification, developed by a group of BS@C interns in collaboration with professionals in the field. 


  • Expand the Green Paw Certification into a UC-wide recognition process for small-scale green construction projects
  • Increase campus understanding of green building practices through the development of a Green Building Decal and serving as a point of contact for Green Building resources and opportunities for students
  • Encourage and recognize sustainable choices in the design and construction of campus building projects of all sizes

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.