Sustainable Concrete Canoe

Project Leads: Christopher Blelloch and Anthony Salguero

Sponsor: Cal American Society of Civil Engineers: Joint Fundraising Committee

TGIF Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Cal Concrete Canoe team seeks to design, create and compete with a concrete canoe that promotes sustainability through the use of more green materials than have been typically used by previous competitors. Through the education of new members and presentation at competition, the team seeks to encourage future teams to develop more sustainable designs for years to come. For information how you can join the project, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  1. Design and construct a sustainable concrete canoe, and compete at the regional and national level of the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition. 
  2. Reduce on-campus waste production by using a wooden mold, with FSC-Certified wood, rather than a Styrofoam mold, as has been used in many of the previous years. 
  3. Reduce the team's overall carbon footprint and water use by switching from an ordinary portland cement mix design to a geo-polymer mix design. The geo-polymer mix design incorporates recycled fly ash and sodium hydroxide, rather than portland cement and water, as its main components.
  4. Educate team members on the importance of sustainable design through the team's DeCal session.
Project Updates

1.  This group is nearing the end of constructing the canoe. They cast the canoe in early December and have completed the construction on the wooden, reusable mold.
2.  Currently are offering a DeCal class about the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition with an emphasis on sustainability practices and materials
3.  Will be displaying and presenting their canoe on Cal Day with members present to explain the path to construction
4.  In April they will present an oral project presentation at the ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference Championships with detailed information on their sustainability goals and overall construction process. 

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.