Focus 2020 Student Team

Project Leads: Kira Stoll

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability (OS)

TGIF Grant: $39,000.00

Project Theme:

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Berkeley has a unique and exciting opportunity to advance sustainability in the next three years – through strategic assessment and planning; implementing measures to reach zero waste and advance carbon neutrality; and, to more widely institutionalize sustainable practices and understanding. This project adds two key graduate and undergraduate student leadership positions to the Office of Sustainability team, to help us reach the next level of campus sustainability by 2020, and beyond. This project will support funding for two years: the project will start in June 2018 and completed in 2020. Upcoming, the Office will be producing numerous sustainability plans (waste, water, transportation, and more) that will guide our direction for the next decade; piloting new zero waste efforts to reach zero waste by 2020; enhancing energy, green building, and climate initiatives to support carbon neutrality by 2025; and, powering-up community engagement and behavior change. The following describes the general responsibilities of these positions. 


  • Coordinate programs, communications, metrics, and reporting to help the campus achieve zero waste by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2025.
  • Support the Office production of sustainability plans (waste, water, transportation, and more) that will guide our direction for the next decade.
  • Ensure student input and priorities are part of the strategy of the Office’s planning and initiatives.


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.