Awards & Recognition


The following TGIF projects were accepted to present at AASHE 2015:
  • Nature Village: Engaging Multicultural Families in a Collegiate Setting
  • UC Berkeley Plastic Disclosure Project
  • Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior (Nature Village and SERC)
  • Student Sustainability Centers and Office’s 3 R’s: Resources, Role, and Revenue (SERC)
  • The PAC 12 Road to Zero Waste Competition (SPROUTS and Zero Waste Research center)
  • Transforming Waste Management through Upstream Strategies (Zero Waste Research Center)
  • Fast Food Waste Streams and Zero Waste Goals: Opportunities at the Interface of Town and Gown (Telegraph Green)
  • Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus (SPROUTS)
  • Integrating Composting and Recycling in University of California Berkeley Residence Halls
  • Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses: A Campus Sustainable Housing Solution (THIMBY)
  • Marketing-Minded Videos to Improve Waste Diversion and Sustainability (VaMWD)

The following TGIF projects were accepted to present at CHESC 2015:
  • Student-Led Energy Efficiency Efforts in Housing, Labs, and the Restructuring of Financial Incentives (LED Microscope Retrofits)
  • Rethinking Waste: Innovative and Integrated Approaches to Waste Diversion (VaMWD)
  • Sustainability Programming for Campus Housing: Teaching Conservation and Behavior Change (Nature Village)
  • Eliminating Plastics from Food Service and Understanding Where Our Plastics Go (Telegraph Green Business and Zero Waste Research Center)
  • Indoor Composting in Campus Residence Halls (Expanding Zero Waste in Residence Halls)
  • Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus (SPROUTS)
  • SERC (Exhibitor Booth)
  • Tiny House in My Backyard (Poster)
  • Breaking Barriers to Student Leadership and Sustainability Initiatives (SERC)

Berkeley POWERSAVE Campus won a 2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Program category at CHESC for their TGIF funded project LED Microscope Retrofits. This is the third TGIF funded PowerSave Campus project that has won in this category since 2012. 

TGIF funded projects SPROUTS, the Zero Waste Research Center, and SERC helped UC Berkeley win the 2015 Inaugural Green Sports Alliance Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge, achieving a 95.7% diversion rate during the March 1st Cal Men’s Basketball Game. UC Berkeley also won the RecycleMania Game Day Challenge for the third year in a row for the same game. Congratulations!

TGIF was represented during 2015 Stay Day Conference Panel Session "Modeling the Way: Using SERC and the Sustainability Student Community as a Case Study for Enhancing Student Belonging and Community".

TGIF funded project SERC won a 2015 CACS Sustainability Award for enhancing a culture of sustainability at UC Berkeley and supporting student environmental leadership.

TGIF project leader Megan Maurino won a 2015 CACS Sustainability Award for student leadership of Berkeley Water Group and the TGIF funded project Low Water Irrigation, Stages I and II. Megan also assisted SERC with the TGIF funded project Campus Tree Inventory.

TGIF funded project Tiny House In My Backyard won a 2015 CACS Innovation Grant.

TGIF funded organization Engineers for a Sustainable World won a 2015 CACS Innovation Grant.

Five TGIF funded projects were presented at UC Office of the President during a UCOP May Breakfast Student Sustainability Poster Session.

TGIF project Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project was dedicated on April 8, 2015 in memory of Steve Maranzana, former EH&S Manager and Cal alum. Steve was an incredible and inspiring champion of both Strawberrk Creek and student sustainability leadership at UC Berkeley. He is truly missed by all of us at TGIF and SERC, and we could not be more proud, nor have found it more fitting, that this project was dedicated in his memory. Steve's legacy with the creek will live on in perpetuity.


Twenty TGIF funded project were presented at UC Office of the President during an April Earth Day Sustainability Expo and UCOP April Breakfast Student Sustainability Poster Session.

TGIF funded project Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project received much needed funding from UC Berkeley's Capital Renewal Program. TGIF is grateful to Sally McGarrahan and Capital Projects for this support.

Multiple TGIF and SERC projects were invited to present and take part in the poster session at AASHE 2014:

  • Zero Waste Events: A Sustainable Approach to Event Planning
  • Order Matters: Waste Audits and Bin Configurations
  • To Know Your Building, Know Your Waste: The Importance of Waste Audits
  • Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley's Student Environmental Resource Center: Presentation here
  • Green Fund Programs: Implementation and Improvement Networking Event, co-facilitated by Western Washington University Green Energy Fee (GEF)


Multiple TGIF projects were invited to present at CHESC 2014 and CHESC Student Summit 2014, including:

  • UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Research Center
  • Growing a Student Environmental Resource Center: Presentation here
  • Plastic Disclosure Project
  • Refills Not Landfills: Bring Your Own Mug to Campus

UC Berkeley retained its title for the the 2014 RecycleMania Game Day Challenge thanks to the efforts of TGIF funded projects SPROUTS, Zero Waste Research Center, and SERC.

TGIF Project Leader Eli Perszyk was awarded a 2014 CACS Sustainability Award.

TGIF funded organization Student Organic Gardening Association won a 2014 CACS Green Fund Grant.

TGIF funded project Berkeley Student Food Collective was nominated in the Best Grocery category of the 2014 Best of Berkeley Awards.



TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-authored How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation with the Campus Green Fund Collaborative. The guide was published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

TGIF Project Leaders Shannon Davis, Hanna Miller, Kristen Klein, and Areya Behrouzian were accepted to present at the 2013 AASHE Conference. Davis and Miller presented "Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits" based on the 2012 TGIF Funded Project. Klein presented a poster about TGIF funded Zero Waste Research Center and Behrouzian presented a poster on ReUSE.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to present at the 2013 AASHE Conference. She presented "Green Fund Implementation Guide- Campus Green Fund Collaborative" with fellow members of the Campus Green Fund Collaborative.

PowerSave Campus won a 2013 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Category for its TGIF funded project Fight the Flow. 

Five TGIF funded projects were selected to present at the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

  • Zero Waste Research Center: Developing Upstream Solutions
  • Break the Mode: Sustainable Campus Transportation
  • Nature Village, Sustainable Student Family Housing
  • UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Pilot Project (Wurster Hall Waste Management Project)
  • Institutionalizing Composting on a University Campus: UC Berkeley's Compost Alliance

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was awarded a 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA).

UC Berkeley won the 2013 Game Day Challenge for "Diversion Rate" at the Cal vs. Stanford Basketball Game on March 6th, thanks to the efforts of the Zero Waste Events Team, Compost Alliance, and the Waste Audit Team.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present Grant Writing Best Practices at both the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Spring 2013 Convergence and the 9th Annual Energy Efficiency Summit.

TGIF funded project Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek won a 2013 CACS Green Fund Grant.

Two TGIF project leaders and one TGIF project were awarded 2013 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Nature Village
  • Kira Stoll
  • Monica Harnoto

"Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager. Kira has been a sustainability champion her entire career at Berkeley, first as the campus Transportation Planner and now in the Office of Sustainability. Kira has been an active member of CACS since the beginning and Co-Chaired the committee in 2011. She is both a big-picture thinker and detail-oriented, contributing to campus-wide initiatives while also producing results and accomplishments day-to-day. Some successes this award is recognizing her for include co-authoring Berkeley's first bicycle plan and zero waste plan, managing Berkeley's annual greenhouse gas inventory, producing the monthly Bright Green News, and mentoring countless students."

"Monica Harnoto, UC Berkeley B.S. Environmental Sciences, spring 2013. Monica is never merely content with the status quo and constantly inspires and motivates colleagues to think of new and innovative ways to improve sustainability in Cal Dining. One of Monica's most notable projects has been Chews to Reuse -- a reusable to-go container program in dining halls. Before Monica created this program, the residential dining halls provided patrons with compostable to-go containers made from sugarcane plant fibers. Starting out as a pilot, the program has now been expanded to all dining commons, in large part due to Monica's strategic implementation ensuring the program was simple for students to use."

"Nature Village: Nature Village is a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of University Village residents, students, staff, and campus sustainability groups that work together to promote sustainable living practices at the University Village. In its inaugural year Nature Village launched three programs including the Green Family Program –with 50 families participating in pilots for energy and water saving tools like low flow shower heads and racks for air drying clothes. In the long term, Nature Village seeks to create a replicable model for institutionalizing sustainability in student family residential units, particularly for the UC system and more broadly for universities in the U.S."

Celebrate 10 Years of UC Berkeley Sustainability by reading Cathy Cockrell's article from the UC Berkeley News Center and viewing a slideshow of campus sustainability efforts. The article also includes a timeline of UC Berkeley Sustainability Accomplishments, including the founding of TGIF.

PowerSave Campus published an energy conservation competition best practices guide, entitled "How-To: Organize and Run a Greek House Energy Savings Competition Guide".

TGIF was invited to become a member of the City of Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.

The TGIF Coordinator position was added as an ex-officio position on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.



TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was selected as the 2012 Staff Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh is accepted to present at the 2012 ACUI Conference. The presentation was entitled "How Campus Green Funds Promote Student Leadership".

Two TGIF Project Leaders were awarded 2012 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Morwenna Rowe
  • Sruti Bharat

"Morwenna Rowe: Morwenna has been the Berkeley team lead for the Green Campus interns since her sophomore year. As part of her work with Green Campus, she co-facilitated multiple semesters of their 2-unit Energy Conservation and Efficiency DeCal. She also led many initiatives such as the McCone Hall lighting retrofit, the "Shut the Sash" fume hood competition, and a vending machine miser project."

"Sruti Bharat: Sruti was a member of the Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator Program as a freshman and went on to work on the Building Sustainability at Cal project as an intern in Stanley Hall and then took over the next year and a half as intern coordinator. She also worked to help make CITRIS a Green Department.

UC Berkeley becomes the first university in the world to join the Plastic Disclosure Project thanks to 2012 TGIF Grant Award Zero Waste Research Center. 

PowerSave Campus and Greening the Greeks won a 2012 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Award in the Student Energy Efficiency Category for its TGIF funded project Green Cup Competition.

TGIF became an official partner of the Beverage Alliance, charged with facilitating the annual Beverage Alliance Sustainability Grant Project.

TGIF was invited to become a member of the UC Berkeley Zero Waste Working Group.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was invited to represent the ASUC Auxiliary on the UC Berkeley Environmental Management System Committee.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was selected as October Stakeholder of the Month by PowerSave Campus.

Cal Dining and TGIF Funded Cal Dining Sustainability were recognized by the EPA on America Recycles Day for their food waste programs and Chews to Reuse reusable to-go containers. Read about the event in the UC News Center.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present during two sessions at the 2012 AASHE Conference- Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started and Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty-Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up.

TGIF co-founded the Campus Green Fund Collaborative with University of Vermont, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, McGill University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Texas at Austin.

CalTV covered TGIF funded project Food Day 2012. Watch the video footage here



One TGIF project leader and one TGIF funded project were awarded 2011 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Kimberly Lam
  • Berkeley Student Food Collective

"Kimberly Lam currently holds two campus positions directly involved in reducing energy use and waste. With Green Campus, Kim currently leads a "laundry project" - that educates students to use cold water washing cycles to save energy, and co-teaches The Energy DeCal class where students learn about the impacts of our energy consumption and alternative energy technologies. Kim is also a student manager of ReUSE, where she expands the free material exchange program by adding additional stations on campus."

"With over 50 active members, the Collective provides fresh, healthy, sustainable, and ethically produced food at an affordable price to Berkeley students and the community. Opening last fall in a storefront on Bancroft, the collective offers fresh fruits and vegetables (most grown within 150 miles), stocks organic and bulk foods, and offers "real food" options close to campus. An additional goal is to educate people about the positive impacts they can make by choosing sustainable food. The Collective does this through a DeCal class and sustainability events."

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to host a Green Fund Networking Session and present a TGIF Program Poster at the 2011 AASHE Conference.

UC Office of the President featured a story on the UC's TGIF programs, including TGIF at UC Berkeley.

TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was accepted to co-present at the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Spring 2011 Convergence. The presentation was entitled "How to Start a Green Fund on Your Campus".

2010 TGIF Grant Winner Compost Tea at UC Botanical Garden won Care2 and Changent's Gardening for Change photo contest. Check out the winning entry!

Grist Magazine featured a story on TGIF funded project the Berkeley Student Food Collective. 



2008 TGIF Grant Winner Building Sustainability at Cal was profiled in the U.S. Green Building Council's Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement publication on page 4 (7 of 26).

One TGIF project leader and one TGIF funded project won 2010 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Awards.

  • Rebecca Andersen
  • I Heart Tap Water

"Rebecca Anderson, an Environmental Specialist in EH&S (Environment, Health & Safety), takes it upon herself to go beyond compliance and strives to help Cal achieve sustainability in its operations and to be an example for other institutions to follow. She is a founding member of University Hall's Sustainability Committee, is active in the campus effort to bring LEED certification to existing buildings, works with Building Sustainability at Cal students, and founded the Green Building Working Group. Rebecca brings enthusiasm and expertise to whatever she does and energizes others to take action."

"The "I Heart Tap Water" Campaign is a partnership between Cal Dining, Recreational Sports, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), and University Health Services to promote the drinking of tap water as the preferred beverage of choice - for the environment and for health reasons. The Campaign educates the campus through a website, Facebook, posters, and an on-line pledge to make a difference. Key to the success of I Heart Tap Water was the testing of over 450 water fountains to allay concerns about water quality. The group's efforts have so far reduced campus usage of plastic water bottles by at least 25%."

TGIF Coordinator Nicole Leung was accepted to present two presentations at the 2010 AASHE Conference- Strategies for Supporting Student Sustainability Grant Projects and Student Green Fee Management and Project Implementation.

The Berkeley Student Food Collective was featured in the AASHE Bulletin under "Co-Curricular Education".



One TGIF funded project won a 2009 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Award: "The Building Sustainability at Cal Program – a student initiated and run program - trains students to help reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings by educating building inhabitants and identifying structural and operational changes that can be made to buildings and campus operations. The program started in May 2007 with one student in one building and has expanded to 40 students working in 23 buildings and 4 campus-wide projects. A pilot program has also taken the campus activities out into the community by working in the Berkeley Civic Center building. In addition to greening the campus, this program is training a generation of people who have the knowledge and expertise to be able to evaluate the environmental impact of existing buildings, whether they use it in their personal or professional life."



The Green Initiative Fund Committee won a 2008 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Sustainability Award:  "TGIF Grant Making Committee (group): The eight-person Grant Making Committee of the Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. It was created to administer the grants made possible by the $175,000 of annual funds generated by the $5 student fee referendum. This committee strengthens the sustainability dialogue across different constituencies on campus and each member of the team contributes a unique perspective and expertise as the team works to select the most promising grant proposals. In this critical first year, the committee did an amazing job of publicizing the grant opportunity, making classroom announcements, building e-mail lists, hosting info sessions, and spreading the word via their peers. Their work paid off as 28 grant proposals totaling over $1.2 million were received. In parallel with managing the grant-making process this year, TGIF's team also had to develop all other processes and necessary parts of its organizational infrastructure. This energetic group has have paved the way for TGIF to make great contributions to campus greening for years to come."

Chancellor Birgeneau mentioned The Green Initiative Fund in his testimony to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate. Chancellor Birgeneau's testimony examined strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at U.S. colleges and universities.



UC Berkeley student Rachel Barge won a 2007 Brower Youth Award for her involvement with co-founding The Green Initiative Fund at UC Berkeley.

The Green Initiative Fund referendum passed
 in the 2007 ASUC elections.

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.