Herbicide Free Cal

Project Leads: Bridget Gustafson & Mackenzie Feldman

Sponsor: Food & Water Watch; Herbicide Free Cal

TGIF Grant: $500.00

Project Theme: Education & Behavioral Change

Project Location

2017 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The overall goal of this campaign is to greatly reduce/stop the use of carcinogenic herbicides on the UC Berkeley campus. This will be done through a awareness campaign to hopefully inspire public discussion around the hidden dangers of herbicides. In addition, members of the campaign team will be working with grounds keeping staff and student groups to come up with the best possible alternative solutions to spraying herbicides.

Goals: 
- Create a map of all of the areas on campus that are sprayed with herbicides completed by June 2018. 
- Implement signage at locations with most chemicals sprayed to generate public awareness for the chemicals we are being exposed to. 
- Reduce the use of herbicides at each Division I sports field by implementing teamwork days for each sport where they will weed and manage their own fields without the use of herbicides.

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.