Building Sustainability at Cal

Project Leads: Laura Moreno, Kameron Kitajima, Irene Seliverstov

Sponsor: Vice Chancellor of Facilities Services

TGIF Grant: $25,000

Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Project Location

2008 Application Submission

Status: Complete

Project Description: The Building Sustainability @ Cal Program trains and utilizes students to help reduce the environmental footprint of buildings by educating building inhabitants as well as identifying structural and operational changes that can be made within the buildings. Goals were reached through the establishment of two service learning classes and the hiring of student interns.

Goals: Design educational projects, perform waste and energy audits, and design sustainability plans of action for nine campus buildings: LeConte, Birge, University, VLSB, Haas, Stanley, Wurster, Hearst Mining, and Evans. Set baseline measurements with pre-project audits and compare with post-project data provided by PP-CS. Reduce the energy, waste, water, transportation, climate change, and consumption impacts of these nine buildings and their inhabitants. Aim for 3-30% reduction in each building's water and energy usage. Assist UC Berkeley in attaining goals set by the Cal Climate Action Partnership. Assist staff with assessing buildings for LEED EB certification. Bring together students, faculty, and staff in a unique service-learning environment. Develop class curricula and recruit students for class. Hire student interns for each building.

TGIF Blog Posts about BS@C

2009 Project Poster

2008-2009 Accomplishments and Final Results
Building Sustainability at Cal works to reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings while educating students about green building standards, following the LEED-EBOM guidelines. Students are trained to do audits, educate others, and network with staff and faculty on campus. This is accomplished through two DeCal classes taught each semester (ES 98/198 and ER 199) and work done by year-round building interns and students in the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (URAP). In 2008-2009, BSAC worked in a total of twenty buildings, generating 17 audits and implementing 13 education/outreach projects and 5 infrastructure projects. Through the infrastructure projects alone, students were able to save 3 million gallons of water and divert 350 lbs of waste, resulting in a reduction of over 9000 kg of CO2.

Final Report

The TGIF Grant enabled the BS@C to expand to its current structure:

  1. Two classes: ES 98/198 General Sustainability (ES 84 in the spring semester) and ER 199 Energy Efficiency
  2. Seven Building Interns, Year-Round
  3. Six program coordinators
  4. Four undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (URAP) students
  5. Partnership with the City of Berkeley, Civic Center

BS@C worked in a total of 20 buildings during 2008-2009. The 20 buildings included in the Building Sustainability at Cal Program were:

  1. Architects & Engineer's Hall (classes)
  2. Barrows Hall (sink aerator replacement)
  3. City of Berkeley Civic Center (intensive building-wide education)
  4. Dwinelle Hall (sink aerator replacement)
  5. Evans Hall (sink aerator replacement)
  6. Project 2009Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) (T12 inventory)
  7. Gianinni Hall (T12 inventory)
  8. Haas School of Business (classes and interns)
  9. Hearst Memorial Mining Building (sink aerator)
  10. Le Conte/ Birge (classes and interns)
  11. Morgan Hall (T12 inventory)
  12. Mulford Hall (T12 inventory)
  13. The Promenade (classes)
  14. Stanley Hall (classes and interns)
  15. The Tang Center (interns)
  16. University Hall (classes and interns)
  17. Valley Life Sciences Building (classes and interns)
  18. Wellman Hall (T12 inventory)
  19. Wheeler Hall (sink aerator replacement)
  20. Wurster Hall (sink aerator replacement)

One of the largest successes of BS@C was working with the Plumbing Shop, replacing 312 sink aerators with the most efficient 0.5gpm aerators in 13 buildings on campus. These water savings have the potential to save 8794 kg of CO2 emissions on campus. PP-CS is continuing to work with EBMUD to receive free sink aerators to replace less efficient ones in additional campus buildings. Another success was working with the City of Berkeley's MLK Jr. Civic Center to start a food scraps and paper towel composting program building-wide. It was not only satisfying to participate in the beginning of a new composting program but also showed how a unique collaboration between campus and the city can create a truly successful program.

Stay up to date with Building Sustainability at Cal's and GO! Team's accomplishments by reading their semesterly reports to Facilities Services.

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.