College of Chemistry Chemical Reuse Facility Expansion

Project Leads: Michael Kumpf, Emery Wilson

Sponsor: The College of Chemistry

TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: UC Berkeley currently has no formal program in place to allow for lecture bottle-size compressed gases to be reused by other researchers on campus who have a need for the same product, even for bottles that are hardly used or unused. Once a researcher purchases a lecture bottle-size compressed gas cylinder and no longer has a need for it, the only recourse available to that researcher is to store it as part of the lab's chemical inventory indefinitely or arrange for its costly disposal. Despite small localized efforts to exchange chemicals between research groups, the College of Chemistry's large size limits effective sharing. This project will add an important resource to the existing chemical ReUSE program while supporting the College's waste minimization efforts.


  1. Fund student assistant labor to support the increased work necessary to allow this exchange program to operate.
  2. Gas cylinders now have a safe storage space in the College of Chemistry, and through the online exchange program, researchers can request free delivery of gas cylinders to their labs.
2015 Progress
  • On January 7, 2015, the College chem reuse program reissued its first cylinder under the new program: (3,3,3-trifluoro-1-propyne).
  • They have added the following language to the online database home page. This is another way of advertising the program.


  • The Chemical ReUse Facility relies on donations from labs like yours to keep its stock up.

    Support our Green Chemistry ethic & campus sustainability efforts

    by donating your excess chemicals!

    New for 2014/2015:  Now accepting Lecture Bottle donations!


    Acceptance Criteria:

    · Quality-In, Quality-Out (donate chemicals that are in good shape!)

    · In original product containers only (exception: elemental metal pieces)

    · No cracked bottles, broken bottle lids, defaced labels, etc.

    · No expired or contaminated chemicals (free of glass like pipettes tips as well)

    · No water-logged hygroscopics

    · Lecture Bottle labels intact; tare & net weights notated; no corrosion present on valves


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.