Reusable Ware for ESPM

Project Leads: Emma Steigerwald

Sponsor: Environmental Science, Policy & Managemnet (ESPM)

TGIF Grant: $1,944.68

Project Theme: Waste Diversion & Reduction

Project Location

2017 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: ​In the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), it can be taken as a given that members care about living wisely, with landscapes wildlife, and natural resources in mind. When the department gathers for seminars, for special events, for happy hours, coffees, or finishing talks, all would appreciate that the department's collective behavior represents these deeply held values. Now, the installation of a dish washer in the remodeled wing of one of ESPM's buildings enables the ditching of disposables at all departmental events! This TGIF mini grant project will purchase a set of reusable dishes, glasses, and cutlery, so that the events of the department and all affiliated student organizations can stop producing bags of discarded, single-use paper, plastic, and polystyrene. This transition should tangibly affect the culture experienced and shared with all event attendees.

To make the meetings and events of ESPM and affiliated student organizations more sustainable.​
- To become conscious of everyday choices and behaviors affecting our energy consumption and waste creation.
- To spark curiosity and conversation as to the 'next steps' ESPM and affiliated student organizations can take towards sustainability.


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.