Nature Village Sustainable Family Living, Phase II

Project Lead: Mila Moran, Tavie Tiptonnature village logo

Sponsor: University Village

TGIF Grant: 18,840

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Nature Village is a multidisciplinary group of University Village resident volunteers and campus sustainability students, staff and organizations working towards the goal of building a sustainable community at the University Village at UC Berkeley. Nature Village grows, supports, and inspires sustainable living by:

  • Promoting sustainable living through education and outreach.
  • Increasing awareness of protecting the environment, saving the energy, improving waste management, and reducing carbon footprint.
  • ProvidingBerkeley Environmental Alumni Network (BEAN) Speed Networking Event, February 26, 6pm-8pm guidance and resources on sustainable living best practices.
  • Creating unique green living environment that is suitable to our multicultural community.
  • Collaborating with campus groups and departments to implement new operations, programs, and initiatives that realize sustainability metrics.

Project Description: Nature Village Phase II will build upon the 2012 TGIF Nature Village Grant Project by implementing a sharing campaign, a hazardous and electronic waste program, expanding the Green Family Program, and shooting a 3 minute Nature Village video.


  • Reduce the Environmental Impact of the University Village.
  • Improve the knowledge and lifestyle practices of residents in relation to resource management, including water, energy, natural gas, and solid waste.
  • Create a stronger sense of community and life experience at University Village through an active participation in environmental programs and activities.
  • Open a new opportunity of Experiential Environmental Education for children and families.

Project Implementation Plan

Calendar Format

Time Frame
Increase resident participation
Nature Village volunteers will recruit 100 more families to have a total of 150 during community events, on-line registration and personal invitations.
Summer 2014
Distribute Drying Racks (Laundry Project)
Collaboration with Power Save Green Campus to distribute laundry drying racks acquired with TGIF funding to 50 families
Surveys (Laundry Project)
Design and apply surveys for baseline and follow up
Buy more racks (Laundry Project)
Buy 100 more racks with University Village funding to have a total of 150 in use
Summer 2014
Water Project
Distribute a saving water tool to reduce water flow to 50 families in East Village in collaboration with Power Save Green Campus & UC Berkeley Science Shop.
Research (Water Project)
Kareem Hammoud, UC Berkeley student, will evaluate the gas and water saving as consequence of the flow reduction in collaboration with Power Save Green Campus and Nature Village
Buy more Water Saving Tools (Water Project
Buy 100 more water saving tools with University Village funding to have a total of 150 in use, and also distribute at West Villagee to have a bigger impact.


Summer 2014
Hire UC Berkeley study to develop Green Family network
Nature Village will provide guidance, information and outreach to develop this on-line (web and mobile) network to promote and facilitate sustainable lifestyle options
Green Family Network
Get 400 users involved in Network so Nature Village can have more outreach and involvement, receive feedback, to incentivize sharing of materials and knowledge and to strengthen the sense of community.
Summer 2014
Install e-waste collectors (Waste Management)
Collaborate with CRRS to install at least at 2 strategic points into the Village to reduce the amount of electronics going to the landfill
Collect e-waste
The materials collected will be taken to a company for its recycling and proper disposal
Compost Pilot
In collaboration with CRRS & Compost Alliance, collect household compost collection containers; distribute educational materials; install general compost collection carts and signs at the 4 trash enclosures piloted.
Compost Pilot Evaluation
Compost – Whole Village
Compost services will be offered to the 974 apartments of the Village in collaboration with the Resident Program.
Community Events (ReUse)
Facilitate the reuse of materials between Village residents, through yard sales and swaps
Create tool library (ReUse)
To share the basic tools needed for a household while living at the Village
Green Cleaning
Nature Village will create a material with Green Cleaning recipes to promote its use between Village residents, reducing the use of toxic cleaning products and its contaminating consequences in our home and the environment.
Nature Village Video
The story of Nature Village will be captured in a video, from the stage of “idea” from a Village resident, all the process to create a sustainability group, showing what Nature Village now means for its volunteers and families involved in its programs.

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.