High Efficiency Hand Dryers in Barrows Hall

Project Lead: Kristen Flores, Stephanie Kinser, Dennis Uyat

Sponsor: ASUC Sustainability Team 

TGIF Grant: $11,036

Project Theme: Waste Reduction 

Project Location: Barrows Hall

2015 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The project will install four high efficiency hand dryers in Barrows Hall. The high efficiency hand dryers are a sustainable alternative to paper towel dispensers, which create unnecessary waste.

Goals: Promote sustainability on campus. Conduct a waste audit for paper towel dispensers. Measure the amount of money that high efficiency hand dryers save compared to the amount of money spent on purchasing paper towels and disposing of paper towel waste. In the long term, install more high efficiency hand dryers on campus to replace paper towel dispensers. Aid the University of California, Berkeley in achieving the Zero Waste by 2020 goal.
Timeline Progress: 
  • Meeting scheduled with Maria and Sharon for February 3rd.
  • Installation planned for Spring Break 2016


Expected or Actual Completion Date

Conduct initial waste audit of Barrows Hall bathrooms

May 2015

Conduct second waste audit of bathrooms

August 2015

Receive TGIF funds for hand dryers, labor, and educational materials

August 2015

Order Dyson Air Dryers

August-September 2015

Conduct final waste audit of bathrooms before installation of hand dryers

August-September 2015

Order stickers, pamphlets, and posters

August-October 2015

Receive and store Dyson Air Dryers

August-September 2015

Install Dryers

August-September 2015

Uninstall Paper Towel Dispensers

August-September 2015

Post stickers and posters in bathrooms and in Barrows Hall

August-October 2015

Monitor hand dryer use and energy use in bathrooms

September-December 2015

Final TGIF report and completion date

December 2015


Original, Approved Completion Date

New, Proposed Completion Date

Install hand dryers



Education Outreach (stickers/pamphlets)



Waste and Energy Audits after Installation



Final TGIF Report


May 2016

  • Coordinated with Campus Facilities (Sal Genito); he has agreed to purchase the hand dryers and coordinate their installation
  • Project leaders have made several attempts to find a new person of contact for our project, after Chuck, our original contact, retired.  They finally were able to contact Maria Alvarez and schedule a meeting with her and Sharon, the TGIF Program Coordinator, for the beginning of February to discuss how to move forward with the project.
  • Project Leaders met with Sharon and Maria Alvarez, a regional building coordinator, to discuss the next steps for moving forward with the grant. Although the project has hit several challenges along the way, project leaders decided to move forward with the project by Spring Break 2016. Project may be moving the location of the hand dryers to another building, but if project cannot identify a more suitable building in the next few weeks, they will go ahead with Barrows Hall.
  • The electrical department is currently understaffed, so our project is delayed until additional staff are hired. 
  • Finding a campus administrator who has the ability to oversee our project and is willing to take the time to complete the project has been very difficult for project leaders. This has put the project on a stand-still for some months since it requires administrative approval and campus labor.
Budget Update/Expenditures to Date:
  • Project leaders may choose a less expensive hand dryer to offset the cost of labor and installation but this has not fully been decided yet.
   Education and Outreach materials: 
  • Project leaders are designing these materials so that they can have them ready in time for the installation of the hand dryers.

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.