SPROUTS: Student Projects Redefining Our University's Trash Sustainably

Project Leads: Shannon Davis, Kristen Klein, Hanna Miller, Lin King

Sponsor: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services

TGIF Grant: $25,456

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: SPROUTS, or "Student Projects Redefining Our University's Trash, Sustainably," will create a waste education and outreach team focused on hosting events, promoting education campaigns, working with Overstock and Surplus, and teaching a standardized campus waste audit.

Goals: By creating an education and outreach team (SPROUTS), students are shown to be willing to take the steps necessary to reach the campus goal of zero waste by 2020. SPROUTS will overcome waste stream challenges by educating students, improving existing recycling programs, changing student behavior, reducing contamination, maximizing waste diversion, and integrating zero waste principles into the campus culture.

Project Implementation Plan

Task                       Description Project Lead Time Frame
Hire team with Lin’s approval
Hold interviews (positions available: 4 staff 1 coordinator) Shannon
September 1st
Become a SPROUTS coordinator with Lin’s approval Transfer paperwork
August 31st
SMART goals
Perfect outline using basecamp.com Shannon
Sept 1st
Create a SPROUTS training binder Shannon
Sept 7-ongoing
Audit protocol Educate others & BS@C Hanna Sept 7th edu-ongoing
Minimize landfill waste and divert resources Create a relationship with overstock and surplus Staff #1
Sept 14
Foster a culture of RRR @ Cal
Connect with event planners, create a list of events and dates Staff #2
Sept 21
Recyclemania Record data Staff #3 September 21
Support efforts with education & direct outreach
Create educational materials, establish social media accounts Staff #4
Sept 7th ongoing

 2013-2014 Accomplishments

  • Hired SPROUTS Coordinator Sarah Zou late January 2014
  • In the process of designing specific signage for Ramona's based on the Wurster Hall waste audit.  
  • Focusing on Recyclemania, an 8-week, nation-wide diversion competition among 400+ universities. CRRS inputs the weight of all compost, bottles & cans, mixed paper, and trash the campus discards into database.  Cal is currently in 151st place out of 227 participants in the Grand Championship.  
  • Worked with Cal Athletics and Cal Dining to prepare for the Zero Waste Basketball Game on March 8 vs. Colorado. 
  • Coordinated with several campus groups to ensure sustainable practices, and determined their waste on Cal Day. Additionally set up bins and frames with specialized signage and had staff "trash talking" and monitoring the bins to guide Cal Day participants to divert their trash properly and impose a zero-waste culture onto incoming freshman.  
  • Working closely with CalSO to ensure sustainable practices at the orientation and will give a 10 minute overview to CalSO counselors.




2015 Poster

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.