Custodial Communications 2011-2012

Project Leads: Alison Amberg & Joanna Martinez

Sponsor: Physical Plant-Campus Services, Custodial Services

TGIF Grant: $11,500

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2011 Application Submission


Project Description: Bridge the communication gap between custodial staff and building inhabitants in order to promote sustainability efforts, increase mutual respect & communication, and improve the morale of both custodians and buildings inhabitants. This project will take place in six buildings: University, Wurster, Kroeber, Cory, Stanley, and Sproul Halls. This project is a continuation of 2010 TGIF Grant Custodial Staff Outreach.

Goals: Meet with building managers and custodial staff of project buildings. Increase and report the use of “green cleaning” products within the buildings. Educate building inhabitants about their custodial staff members through newsletters and postings of staff profiles. Collect qualitative data regarding the newsletters and outreach through building occupancy surveys. Acknowledge and celebrate the sustainable efforts of custodians. Gain green-cleaning credits under Materials & Resources and Indoor Air Quality for LEED EB OM.

TGIF Blog Posts about Custodial Communications

2012 Project Poster

2012-2013 Accomplishments

  • Helpful reminders have been shared with building occupants:
    1. Please do not bring any food items into the classrooms.
    2. Please remember to wipe down the chalkboards after use.
    3. If a spill occurs, please contact a custodian to assist with cleaning the area.
    4. Please do not write on the bathroom walls.
    5. Please return any moved chairs/desks to their original spots.
  • Researching eco-friendly cleaning products for some of the buildings (as approved by Physical Plant) for purchase.

This project was discontinued in fall 2013 at the request of the TGIF Coordinator. No funds were expended and the $11,500 will be reallocated in the 2014 spring grants cycle.

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.