Project Leads: Sho Kawano

Sponsor: Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

TGIF Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Transportation

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The UC Berkeley Energy Office, WattTime, and CITRIS will collaborate to pilot a new method of reducing the carbon emissions due to electricity use by neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs).


  1. Install hardware to monitor and control the electricity usage of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) owned by the UC Berkeley Energy Office. 
  2. Reduce the carbon footprint of the electricity used by NEV charging by shifting charging to cleaner times using WattTimesoftware.
  3. Track and report carbon emission reductions over time.
  4. Demonstrate the feasibility of a student-founded, research-driven nonprofit.
Project Updates:

1.  Currently working together with the campus Department IT   

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.