Water Conservation in the Cal Greeks Community- Blue Cup

Project Leads: Patrick Smith, Marissa Vessels, Kristen Klein, Emily McKeon, Omsri Bharat, Angela Shen

Blue Cup AdvertisingSponsor: Greening the Greeks & PowerSave Campus

TGIF Grant: $29,250

Project Theme: Water Conservation & Tap Water

Project Location

2012 Application Submission

Application Metrics

Status: Complete

Project Description: This grant will fund a water conservation competition amongst the fraternities and sororities, the installation of water conservation retrofits & appliances, and an education & outreach program.

Goals: Launch an unprecedented effort to reduce water consumption in the Greek community during the Spring 2013 semester by creating an education and outreach campaign, installing water reduction retrofits, and launching water conservation competitions in the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). Aim to involve 25 houses and see an average of 15% overall water usage reduction. Test the competition with a one-month pilot program during February 2013 and hold the actual competition during April 2013. Collaborate with PowerSave Green Campus and EBMUD on conducting water audits and installing water conservation retrofits. Train house Sustainability Chairs to give educational programs to their chapters. TGIF interns will install high-efficiency appliances and accessories (sink aerators, low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilet adapter kits) in participating chapters that were not eligible or serviceable by EBMUD water audits.

2012-2013 Accomplishments 

  • Student Intern Kristen Klein was hired to coordinate the competition, which will be known as the "Blue Cup Competition" to represent water and coincide with the Green Cup Energy Competition.
  • Baseline water data was collected from October and November 2010 and October and November 2011 from the various sororities and fraternities.
  • Over thirty houses have signed up to partake in the Blue Cup Competition.

2013-2014 Update
Project timeline needed to be adjusted as Blue Cup was not implemented in 2013 as expected.
  1. October 31, 2013: All competing sororities and fraternities submit their latest billing cycle, and a ranked list of the items from which they would most benefit.
  2. November 1-30, 2013: Houses are equipped with water saving devices and signage (save water, keep shower times down, wash clothing on cold, etc).
  3. January 21, 2014; School begins
  4. February 1, 2014: Blue cup begins, and lasts until March 1, 2014.
  5. April 1, 2014: Participating groups will be required to submit their bills, and by April 15, a winner will be announced for each division. The Director of Competitions will meet with the winners' sustainability chair to discuss the allocation of funds for a water-saving project, to be completed before the end of the school year. 

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Are you part of a housed, Greek Letter Organization at Cal?

Want free money towards water reduction equipment for your Cal Greek chapter?

Want to reduce climate change and help California's drought situation?

Want to save money on your chapter's water bill and possibly win thousands of dollars while doing so?

REGISTER FOR BLUE CUP 2014, funded by The Green Initiative Fund!

Chapter sustainability chairs should:

(1) Fill out this google doc ASAP

(2) Send a copy of your chapter's March 2013 water bill to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 25th.

(3) Fill out this google form to spend your $300 by February 25th: www.tinyurl.com/BlueCupPurchases 


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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.