Solar Powering Sigma Chi

Project Lead: Daniel Caveney; Connor Gullstad

Sponsor: Sichma Chi Housing Corporation 

TGIF Grant: $15,000 ($10, 00 grant/$5,000 loan)

Project Theme: Energy Efficiency and Conservation 

Project Location: Sigma Chi fraternity house

2015 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Solar Powering Sigma Chi grant aims to make Cal Sigma Chi the first fraternity house in California to derive electric power from solar energy and provide more sustainable housing for some 40 Berkeley students. It will set a precedent of sustainability not only within the Greek community but also the greater Berkeley community at large.

Goals: Provide more sustainable housing for some 40 Berkeley undergraduates on an annual basis. Contribute to the University's effort to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Serve as an excellent source of publicity for both the University and the Greek community. Set the framework such that other Greek houses may take up similar projects in the future.

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.