ASUC Green Certification Program

Project Leads: Elliot Goldstein & Vanessa FernandezGreen Certification Logo

Sponsor: Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)

ASUC Green Certification Website

TGIF Grant: $33,100 for two years

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2011 Application Submission

ASUC Green Certification Checklist & ASUC Green Certification Purchasing Guide

Application Metrics

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This program will encourage and educate student groups about ways to reduce their environmental foot-print through their groups’ activities and behavior. Groups will apply for Green Certification by demonstrating sustainable behaviors listed on the ASUC Green Certification checklist. Once a group has received Green Certification, they will be eligible for additional funding to be used for sustainable purchases listed in the ASUC Green Purchasing and Resource Guide, environmental-themed events, and greening events.

Goals: Within two years, green certify about 50 ASUC student groups who are normally not focused on environmental issues nor practice sustainable behaviors, and outreach to over 2,000 students. Reduce and measure the environmental footprints of ASUC student groups (reduce waste, energy consumption, unsustainable purchases). Work with local sponsors to create direct sponsorship fees or coupons for sponsors’ “green goods” to be used by Green Certified groups for purchases. Submit a Senate Bill that will integrate key sustainable practices of ASUC Green Certification as mandatory for all ASUC-sponsored student groups.

TGIF Blog Posts about ASUC GCP

Project Poster


2011-2012 Accomplishments

  • Interviewed and selected a Finance Director, a GreenCAT (Certification Auditing Team) Director, and GreenCAT Members
  • Held Green Certification Workshops for  student groups applying to the ASUC Green Certification Program
  • Solicited applications and selected five student groups for the Spring 2011 ASUC Green Certification Pilot Program
  • 2011-2012 Pilot Program Metrics
  • Solicited applications and selected six student groups for the Fall 211 ASUC Green Certification Program
  • Required each accepted group to have a Sustainability Director
  • Institutionalized the Green Certification Program within the ASUC by amending the ASUC By-laws to create a new Title that specifies funding mechanism for the program
  • Secured additional funding from the ASUC ($1,000 annually) and the Cal Student Bookstore ($500/year for 3 years)
  • Co-Sponsored the Year-End ASUC Banquet and recognized the ASUC Green Certified Groups

2011-2012 Year-End Report

2011-2012 Year-End Financials

Next Steps: The ASUC Green Certification Program project leaders will be creating a more inclusive website that will allow the groups to enter login information in order to access a more central database of information on their group, as well as a storage area for receipts, photos and other documentation pertinent to the group. A new website may also help GreenCAT stay in better contact with their groups. Project leaders will also be reviewing the role of GreenCAT Members.

ASUC Green Certification Program Metrics 2011-2012: Points reached on the ASUC Green Certification Checklist

ASUC Green Certification Program Metrics 2011-2012 

2012 - 2013 Accomplishments

  • Completed and launched the website in September 2012.
  • Selected 9 interns to facilitate the program.
  • Worked on revising the Green Checklist.
  • Held office hoursfor one-on-one meetings with the student groups and training sessions for the interns in the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC).
  • By the end of Spring 2013, 2 student groups were recertified by the Program.

Update, September 2013
TGIF and the ASUC EVP's Office of Sustainability are working to restructure the ASUC Green Certification under the EVP's Office of Sustainability. Discussions have included connecting the program with the Zero Waste Events Certification program to be offered through Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, improving publicity of the ASUC Green Certification Program, creating new, improved student org access to the funding, and securing future permanent funding through the ASUC.

Update March 2014 
This program is currently on hold and under reevaluation, given the formation of the new Student Environmental Resource Center. SERC is in conversations with the ASUC to bring this program under SERC. 

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.