Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation

Project Leads: Patrick Smith, Kira Stoll, Michael Drummond, Joanna Perez-Green

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

TGIF Mini-Grant: $850

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

2012 Mini-Grant Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Grant funding will be used to hire a student to produce content and still-photography documentation of the City of Berkeley Climate Coalition Multi-Family Working Group's (MFWG) pilot multi-family housing energy retrofit program. The content and photo documentation of available energy retrofit resources will be edited and compiled into an efficient, but thorough, step-by-step instructional brochure for multi-family home retrofits for residents of multi-family homes in Berkeley. (These homes often include UC Berkeley students).

Goals: The goal of the pilot MFWG program is to produce an energy & water efficiency/waste reduction toolkit accessible to Berkeley property owners and tenants who are interested in exploring any form of building sustainability upgrade or retrofit. Creating and circulating this resource will develop a tool usable by far more property owners and tenants than Berkeley students or the MFWG could ever reach out to directly. These resources will be available to anyone who is interested in developing solutions for an area of urban housing that is traditionally difficult to reach and generate participation in and caters to large populations of students.

2012-2013 Update
Project is on hold due to possible changes to the scope of the project. No funds have been expended.

2013-2014 Update

  • Project leaders received December 2013 approval for changes in the scope of the project.
    • The initial project scope was to create a video for the multi-family housing working group of the City of Berkeley Climate Action Coalition. Upon further evaluation of the needs of the program, the scope has changed to creating a promotional brochure- a trifold printable pamphlet. The trifold pamphlet will be given out at outreach events and local property management offices and resource centers, like the Ecology Center. It will be an editable document so changes can be made as new policies and resources come to fruition.
    • Office of Sustainability student associate Michael Drummond is creating both promotional pieces.
  • The trifold pamphlet has been drafted and a final product should be available for circulation in April.
    • The pamphlet will be used at outreach events and left in property management offices and resource centers like the ecology center. In addition, there will be a modifiable adobe suite file for future revisions like program changes and new services. 
    • Building Sustainability at Cal will be using the pamphlet in their program as well as a hand-out as part of their presentations.
  • Project is slated for completion in April 2014.
  • The project team will present examples of the pamphlet at the CACS Sustainability Summit, instead of creating a traditional project poster.
  • The brochure has been completed and is available here:


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.