Earth Week 2009-2013

Beginning 2014, UC Berkeley's annual Earth Week will be coordinated by the Student Environmental Resource Center. Details can be found here.

Project Leads: Katherine Brittain, Jonah Lipsitt, Mandy Jones, Jasmine Tuadi, Michelle Lowe, Michelle Choi, Monica Barin, Meredith Jacobson, Judy Li

Sponsor: ASUC Sustainability Team

TGIF Grant: $10,000; $2,000 each year for 5 years (2009-2013)

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2008 Application Submission

Status: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Complete; 2014 Update: Earth Week will now be coordinated annually by the Student Environmental Resource Center.

Project Description: Earth Week will be held each year at UC Berkeley during the week of Earth Day, April 22nd. STeam will plan a week to unite faculty, staff, students, Bay Area organizations, and other environmentally conscious groups and individuals in environmental education, inspiring activism, encouraging changes in habits, and promoting environmentalism.

Goals: Educate the UC Berkeley campus about environmentalism and promote personal life changes to reduce people's individual environmental footprints. Present our Earth Week activities at the annual CACS Sustainability Summit's poster session. Bring together Bay Area environmentally conscious businesses and UC Berkeley students. Advertise Earth Week's events and report attendance and event feedback to TGIF and the UC Berkeley community. Estimate the amount of attendees at Earth Week events. Estimate the impacts of event hand-outs like CFL's, organic clothing and food.

TGIF Blog Posts about Earth Week

Project Posters

2011 Poster

2008-2009 Accomplishments
Earthweek 2009, which took place April 20th – 24th, had three goals: to create events and displays that would attract and educate students on campus who were not active in the environmental movement, provide resources for students already interested in sustainability, and create an atmosphere where the Berkeley community could celebrate the achievements of the environmental movement thus far. Events with big draws included the Memorial Glade picnic where students could learn about and sample sustainable foods, Professor Dan Kammen's Lecture on Obama's Energy Policy, a workshop about worm-composting, and the BAM/PFA "sustainability party" for the opening of the Human/Nature display. One of the biggest successes for the week was the Memorial Victory Garden, established between Evans Hall and Memorial Glade, which has drawn a significant amount of attention due to its visibility.

2009 Final Report

2009-2010 Accomplishments
Organized by the ASUC's Sustainability Team (STeam), Earthweek 2010 (April 17th – 24th) was celebrated with a variety of events including concerts, art installations, and film screenings. STeam organized and coordinated with other student groups on campus to bring almost fifteen distinct events prior to and during the event. For instance, a publicity tour for the Disney movie Oceans came to UC Berkeley to screen the movie the day before the actual release and to help coordinate a concert with the Cold War Kids and an art installation with sea creates on Upper Sproul. Other more traditional Earthweek events such as the Strawberry Creek Clean-up and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Summit were held as well. Next year the Earthweek committee hopes to build on the successes of this year's event and continue to improve marketing efforts to create awareness in the campus community about sustainability.

2010 Final Report

2010 Earth Week Calendar

2010-2011 Accomplishments
STeam Earth Week completed another successful week of activities and educational outreach for 2011, including

  • Planning and hosting a UC Berkeley Earth Week Panel Discussion.
  • Holding an Eco-Fashion Show on Lower Sproul, during which members of Greening the Greeks served as models of eco-fashion.
  • Tabling daily in Upper Sproul with new environmental education themes and games each day.
  • Hosting various green businesses and student environmental groups during a Live Green Festival in Lower Sproul.
  • Creating an Earth Week website, logo, banner, and t-shirt design.
  • Planning and hosting Lectumentary featuring Black Lantern Synergy.
  • Presenting an Earth Week 2011 poster during the 2011 CACS Summit.
  • Holding a STeam Photo Contest, with the top three winners receiving gift cards to the Berkeley Student Food Collective.
  • The Earth Week team received additional funding from the Student Opportunity Fund in the amount of $1,700.

2011 Final Report

2011 Earth Week Website

2011-2012 Accomplishments

  • Created a week-long schedule of events, including an Earth Week Kick-Off concert featuring Big Tree, the "Do One Thing" Pledge, a Strawberry Creek Restoration event, a screening of Bananas, an Environmental Major panel, and more! 
  • Created a YouTube Video
  • Created a Facebook page that reached over 9,000 people at its peak
  • Created an Earth Week website
  • Partnered with 13 different on-campus and off-campus groups during the week's events
  • Received sponsorship in the form of funding and sustainable prizes from 19 different sponsors
  • Gave away over 50 Klean Kanteens as part of a Take Back the Tap educational campaign

2012 Earth Week photos

2012 Final Report

The 2012 Coordinators created a helpful planning guide for future Cal Earth Week Coordinators.

2013 Earth Week Events, April 21st-28th
Earth Week Website

  • EcoMovie: Do the Math Documentary screening and live streamed panel with climate leaders
    • Fossil Free Cal and ASUC Sustainability Team (STeam)
    • Sunday 7pm -9pm 126 Barrows
  • Meatless Mondays all day long Berkeley Student Food Collective
    • All day Monday
  • Earth Week 2013Earth Day Rally to Support California Modernization and Economic Development Act
    • Monday 11:30am - lpm Upper Sproul
  • Performance by Trapdoor Social
    • ASUC STeam
    • Monday 1:30pm- 3pm Upper Sproul
  • 10th Annual Sustainability Summit
    • Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability
    • Monday 2pm - 5pm Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Trash Audit Berkeley Student Food Collective
    • Tuesday 12pm - lpm Upper Sproul
  • EcoMovie: Thin Ice movie screening ASUC STeam
    • Tuesday 6pm -8pm 110 Barrows
  • A Guide to Sustainability at Cal- Here and Now, and in the Future! Residential Sustainability Program
    • Tuesday 6pm -8pm Unit 3 APR
  • Natural Disaster Preparedness Course
    • American Red Cross at Cal
    • Tuesday 6pm - 7pm 263 Dwinelle
    • Thursday 8pm - 9pm 263 Dwinelle
    • Friday 6pm -7pm 126 Barrows
  • Make your own sandwich Berkeley Student Food Collective
    • Wednesday I lam - 2pm
    • Berkeley Student Food Collective
  • Harnessing the power of digital tools for your campaign SERC
    • Wednesday 6pm-8pm 251 Dwinelle
  • Kombucha Pong Berkeley Student Food Collective
    • Thursday 12pm-3pm Upper Sproul
  • Environmental Club Showcase ASUC STeam Come to the Earth Week
    • Friday lam - 2pm Dwinelle Plaza table on Sproul
  • Green Speed Networking Event SERC
    • Friday 3pm-5:30pm Sutardja Dai Hall Kuamme Atrium
  • CSSC Convergence California Student Sustainability Coalition
  • UC Green Day Cal Rotaract

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.