Lower Sproul Plaza Redevelopment Eco-Charette

Project Leads: Dan Work & Beth Piatnitza

Sponsor: Capital Projects

TGIF Grant: $4,000

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

Project Location

2008 Application Submission

Status: Complete

Project Description: This project incorporated an Eco-Charette into the UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza Master Plan & Feasibility Study. This one-day facilitated workshop brought together student, administration, faculty, staff, and design team representatives to identify sustainable strategies and establish performance goals for green buildings in the Lower Sproul redevelopment.

Goals: Establish a set of sustainability goals and green building plans for the Lower Sproul redevelopment by discussing issues of water and energy efficiency, waste diversion, and reused or renewable resources. Establish working relationships between campus representatives and the redevelopment design team. Present Eco-Charrette results to the Lower Sproul Master Plan & Feasibility Study.

Project Poster


2008-2009 Accomplishments and Final Results
The goal of this project was to generate sustainable design strategies and performance goals for the Lower Sproul plaza redevelopment, now called the Lower Sproul Student Community Center project. 

The Sustainable Design Workshop was held on November 7, 2008. It was well attended by approximately 40 students and staff. Through group exercises, the participants explored the meaning of a sustainable student center. The outcome was a list of Lower Sproul Sustainability Initiatives that focus on resource-sustainability as well as social and economic themes. The list of sustainability initiatives stemming from this workshop ranged from installing green walls, visible green roofs, solar panels, and wind turbines to increasing outdoor night safety for students and more space for student groups. Water emerged as a strong theme: the master plan includes cisterns and a rain garden for capturing storm water run-off as well as restoring a visual connection to Strawberry Creek.

The workshop planning was a collaborative team effort. A committee comprised of students, undergrad and graduate, and staff met regularly for about 6 weeks prior to the event to interview/hire a facilitator, plan the workshop agenda, work out logistics and conduct outreach. Input from the committee was communicated to the architects for the Lower Sproul project master plan, who provided images and presentations to support the workshop exercises. The planning in itself was an incredibly satisfying experience and contributed to the success of the workshop

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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.