Local Composting & Native Plants Efforts at Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike)

Project Leads: Jordan John

Sponsor: Pi Kappa Alpha

TGIF Mini-Grant: $546.56

Project Theme: Habitat Restoration

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Sustainability Chair of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house is charged with managing waste collection and maintaining and improving the landscape. Compost tumblers will be purchased and be filled with yard trimmings and leftover fruits, veggies, and salad from dinners. These materials will be used to brew an excellent compost that will reduce waste and sustain a high-quality, local, economically and environmentally sustainable source of much-needed compost soil for the landscape.


  1. To divert from landfill 50 gallons (2-3 weeks worth) of organic material
  2. To regenerate top soil and invigorate vegetation


  • Acquired tumbler and built the compost bin, locked it securely out of sight but in a spot accessible through Pike's yard
  • Accrued masses of yard plant/trimming/pruning material and food waste, est. at 400 lbs, for an initial batch of compost soil
  • Acquired, tilled soil beds for, and planted 60-70 native plants around Pike's landscape
  • Seeds harvested for future growing seasons

Budget Expenditure

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.