EcoMovie Nights

Project Leads: Judy Li, April Jauhal, Natalie Sanchez, Jun Li Yian

Sponsor: ASUC Sustainability Team (STeam)

TGIF Grant: $2,420

Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change

2012 Application Submission

Status: Complete; beginning summer 2014, this project was transitioned under SERC leadership as the SERC Film Series

Project Description: This grant will fund a monthly environmental documentary series that engages, educates, and inspires the Cal community to get involved with environmental campaigns. Films will be selected based on a monthly theme and followed by theme-centered discussion, facilitated by experts or related student groups.

Goals: Screen monthly environmental films for the Cal community. End each screening with a themed-discussion, facilitated by student environmental groups. Share films with Student Sustainability Resource Center (pending opening) and the Environmental Films Library in Moffit's Film Library. Select films that create education and awareness towards UC Berkeley's campus sustainability goals, such as "Zero Waste by 2020" and "Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014. Provide a fun, routine event where students outside of the environmental student group community will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other students in the community.

TGIF Blog Posts about EcoMovie Nights
The City Dark
EcoMovie Nights website

2012-2013 Schedule:

The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps
Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7pm, Tan Oak Room, MLK

Watch the trailer at

Attendees: 6

Terra Blight
Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 6pm, Wheeler 0200 
Terra BlightSure, you might know a lot about computers, but did you know that 81% of a desktop computer's energy use is in the making of it? Or, did you know that recycling metals from e-waste uses a fraction of the energy needed to mine new materials? Did you know that creating a sufficient system to recycle e-waste would not only solve these problems, but also help protect children, like the one shown in the picture above, from harmful materials used from technology built without regard for the process of its disposal? Want to learn more? Watch the trailer at

STeam screened the documentary "Terra Blight" in collaboration with the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) as part of the CACS Learn It. Live It. Series. 

Attendees: 8

Bidder 70
Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7pm, Heller Multicultural Lounge, MLK
Bidder 70"In the spring of 2008, University of Utah economics student, Tim DeChristopher, exposed an illegal auction of public lands (endorsed by the "lame duck" Bush administration) through a selfless act of civil disobedience. This auction did not follow environmental regulation and broke several federal codes. In other words, it was an illegal sale of public lands. DeChristopher halted the unlawful proceedings when he posed as a bidder." –Hanna Morris, Caliber Magazine

The screening included free food donated by the Berkeley Student Food Collective and a soundtrack featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! The screening was followed by a Q&A session with Matt leonard, a volunteer from Peaceful Uprising, a non-profit founded by Tim DeChristopher.

Attendees: 26

CrudeCRUDE: The Real Price of Oil
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6pm, 101 Morgan Hall
The inside story of the infamous "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power in the shape of U.S. Oil giant Chevron and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures in the Amazon rain forest. 

STeam, Fossil Free Cal, and SERC led a post-screening discussion about UC Berkeley's role in the fossil fuel industry, particularly as it relates to the current university divestment campaign and the referendum on the 2013 spring ASUC elections.

Attendees: 45

Do the MathDo the Math
Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 6:30pm, 126 Barrows Hall, Fossil Free Cal, STeam, and SERC helped UC Berkeley kick off Earth Week 2013 with the national premier of Do the Math, a 45-minute documentary on the terrifying numbers behind climate change and the growing international movement to stop it. The film will be immediately followed by a live-streamed panel discussion with West Coast climate leaders.

Attendees: 30

Thin IceThin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6pm, 110 Barrows Hall
In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, from both the media and the scientific community. Seeking to find the truth, geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what was happening behind the data. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. Thin Ice is a unique project: a film about climate science made by a scientist.

STeam led a post-screening discussion on the role of science in the media.

Attendees: 35 

Final Report

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.