Custodial Staff Outreach 2010-2011

Project Leads: Alison Amberg & Irene Seliverstov

Sponsor: Physical Plant & Campus Services

TGIF Grant: $15,000

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2010 Application Submission

Status: Complete

Project Description: This project established a pilot program in six buildings to increase communication between custodial staff and building inhabitants, leading to more sustainable building practices. The project worked with the custodial staff, building managers, and building inhabitants in California Hall, University Hall, VLSB, Davis Hall, Wurster Hall, and Kroeber Hall. Custodians are often at the forefront of sustainability efforts, assisting with waste diversion goals, practicing green cleaning methods, shutting off lights and running water, and reporting leaks and energy problems within buildings.

Goals: Bridge the Gap between the custodial staff and building inhabitants in order to promote sustainability efforts and communication, as well as address social justice issues. Educate building inhabitants about their building's custodial staff by posting profiles and pictures of the custodial staff in each building and in newsletters. Expand the use of green cleaning products and the success of building recycling efforts. Host Custodial Staff meet-and-greets so building inhabitants can meet custodial staff members and both sides can share their efforts and requests for making buildings more sustainable. Recognize and appreciate the efforts of the custodial staff with green cleaning awards. Achieve green cleaning credits for LEED EB OM under "Materials and Resources" and "Indoor Air Quality".

2011 Project Poster

2010-2011 Accomplishments
During the 2010-2011 academic year, project interns met with custodians and buildings managers in California Hall, University Hall, Valley Life Sciences Building, Davis Hall, Wurster Hall, and Kroeber Hall to discuss waste reduction and green cleaning ideas for campus buildings. Custodians provided interns with their autobiographies and suggestions for building occupants, both of which were printed on "Meet Your Custodian" fliers posted in the six buildings. Custodial appreciation events were held in March and April, and the Stanley Hall Custodians received the "Green Building Award" for their sustainable waste reduction and cleaning methods.

Final Report

Next Steps: Custodial Staff Outreach won a 2011 TGIF Grant and will be focusing its efforts on University, Wurster, Kroeber, Cory, Stanley, and Sproul Halls.

Stanley Hall Custodial Staff- Green Building Award

Stanley Hall Custodial Staff

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.