July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013
The Green Initiative Fund University of California, Berkeley LEAD Center, ASUC Auxiliary Hearst Gym 102 MC 4500 Berkeley, CA 94720 http://tgif.berkeley.edu
Annual Report 2013 The
TGIF Annual Report written and designed by TGIF Coordinator Katherine H. Walsh
Cover Photo Credits, clockwise from top left: Food Day 2012, Katherine Walsh; BYOMs at Berkeley Student Food Collective, Morgan Fabian; Waste Audit Team, Hanna Miller; Filling the Weed-Shaped Hole Activities at Native Plant Nursery, Lauren Hallett; Compost Results at Blake Garden, Janet DeHaven; Anthony Hall Lawns to Meadows Conversion, Kareem Hammoud; Student Environmental Resource Center, Kareem Hammoud
Annual Report 2013 Acknowledgements The success and breadth of TGIF would not be possible without the assistance and support of many campus partners and individuals. TGIF thanks all UC Berkeley students for their generous fees of $5.50/semester, without which TGIF would not be able to provide campus sustainability grants and fulfill its mission of reducing UC Berkeleyâ€™s negative impact on the environment. TGIF thanks all past and present TGIF Project Leaders for their dedication to UC Berkeley campus sustainability and for being the driving force behind the success of the TGIF program. TGIF is also grateful for the following campus partners and individuals: TGIF Committee: Jacqueline Hsu, Shilpa Sure, Brynn Cook, Daniel Riffe, Kira Stoll, John Chiang, Kevin Ng, Conner Nannini, Lisa McNeilly, and Judy Chess TGIF Program Associates: Claire Kaufman, Kareem Hammoud, and Erlin Sweeney ASUC Auxiliary Staff and Student Staff, the Dean of Students, and the Division of Student Affairs Office of Sustainability Next Generation Associates: Rachel Balmy and Nik Crain Chancellorâ€™s Advisory Committee on Sustainability Energy Management Initiative: Erin Fenley Facilities Services, especially Vice Chancellor Ed Denton, and PP-CS and Capital Projects staff Campus Recycling & Refuse Services: Lin King UC Berkeley News Center: Cathy Cockrell and Carol Ness The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and the Graduate Assembly (GA) Student Organizations: ASUC Sustainability Team (STeam), Compost Alliance, Environmental Clubs & Organizations (ECO), Greening Operations (GO!) Team, PowerSave Campus, ReUSE, Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) The UC Berkeley Beverage Alliance Campus Green Fund Colleagues: Mieko Ozeki, McKenzie Beverage, Lilith Wyatt, Kevin Ordean, Karen Blaney, John Griffin, Patty Zimmerman, Eli Goodsell
Annual Report 2013 Table of Contents
Letter from the TGIF Coordinator
What is The Green Initiative Fund?
TGIF Funding and Program Milestones
Introducing the TGIF Fall Mini-Grant Program
TGIF Spring Grant Awards
Education & Outreach
TGIF in the News
FY13 Budget Summary & Finance Goals for FY14
Statement of Activity
Grants Activity FY08-FY13
Looking Forward: 2013-2014
2013 Accomplishments from In-Progress Projects 2012 Mini-Grants 2012 Grants 2011 Grants 2010 Grants 2009 Grants 2008 Grants
Annual Report 2013 Letter from the TGIF Coordinator Anonymous Feedback from Applicants of the 2013 TGIF Grant Process I love TGIF and I think it is an amazing opportunity to make sustainable visions a reality.
I appreciated that we could apply for an original idea, and word the application according to our vision. It was helpful getting feedback and making the adjustments necessary to get approval for the projects.
What I liked most about the application process was the helpful feedback I received after I submitted my early abstract. Also, the example applications on the TGIF website were very helpful.
As leader of a project that is off campus, I found very helpful to meet people from other projects in the in-person meetings. I would love to have the opportunity to know better other initiatives during the process of application, this way I could find more partnerships, strengthening my project and with that my proposal. For me, with no TGIF support, I would never get this far :) I love TGIF!!!
TGIF is a great organization and it is accomplishing what no other department on campus is able or willing to do in regards to sustainability. Thanks!!!
The Green Initiative Fund has been promoting campus sustainability efforts at the University of California, Berkeley by providing angel funding and advising for sustainability projects, leveraging the sustainability goals and work of staff, and supporting student environment internships and leadership development since 2007. TGIF is committed to funding projects that demonstrate the “sustainability of sustainability”, such as providing seed money to the Berkeley Student Food Collective to open a student-run food cooperative or awarding a grant to Cal Dining to found a Cal Dining Sustainability Team. The impacts of this commitment are also visible in the institutionalization of TGF funded projects, from the installation of water meters in campus buildings, to the on-going PP-CS maintenance of hydration stations, to the Strawberry Creek plantings of native plants grown in the Native Plant Nursery. 2012-2013 proved to be yet another successful year for TGIF. The TGIF Committee selected twelve (12) fall mini-grants and fourteen (14) spring grants, awarding a total of $296,000 in new grant funding and creating thirty-six (36) new student internships. As new projects were funded, twenty-two (22) TGIF funded projects completed, producing metrics such as a new native plant and drought tolerant landscape at Anthony Hall (Lawns to Meadows), the creation of UC Berkeley’s first Student Environmental Resource Center, and the installation of 56 outdoor recycling bins (Recycling at Cal). TGIF funded projects also won campus and state-wide awards, including a 2013 Best Practices 2013 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Award for Fight the Flow. 2013-2014 will mark TGIF’s seventh year in existence, with plans to surpass 100 total projects funded and 200 total student internships funded. TGIF will continue to improve campus community access to grant funds and to foster student-staff-faculty partnerships and environmental stewardship, for a more sustainable UC Berkeley. Blue & Gold Make Green! Go Bears! -Katherine H. Walsh
Annual Report 2013 What is The Green Initiative Fund?
he 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 allocates 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 financial aid), and student internships. Students, faculty, and staff may submit project proposals, which are selected for funding by the annually appointed TGIF Committee, consisting of students, faculty, and staff, on which the students have the majority vote. Thanks to a successful campaign led by UC Berkeley students, The Green Initiative Fund fee referendum was approved by the student body during the April 2007 elections of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). TGIF received final approval by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and the UC Regents during the summer of 2007. TGIF is funded by $6.00/student/semester fees. The Green Initiative Fund prides itself on offering the following services and opportunities: Grant funding for campus sustainability projects. Representative positions on the TGIF Committee. Paid student environmental internships. Environmental student organization advising. Project management advising. Access to TGIF sustainability metrics and historical data. Campus sustainability education and partnerships. Resources for implementing a green fund. The 2012-2013 TGIF Annual Report is a comprehensive look at The Green Initiative Fund’s accomplishments, challenges, and program changes from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The report chronicles TGIF’s positive impact on environmental sustainability at UC Berkeley and university campuses across the United States. TGIF takes pride in communicating its annual activities to the public, committing to transparency accountability in acknowledgement of the generosity of UC Berkeley students. To learn more about The Green Initiative Fund beyond this report, visit the TGIF website at http://tgif.berkeley.edu and the TGIF blog at www.tgifberkeley.com.
Annual Report 2013 TGIF Funding and Program Milestones Since its inaugural grant cycle in spring 2008, TGIF has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to ninety-six (96) projects, in the form of eighty-four (84) spring grant awards and twelve (12) fall mini-grant awards. These grants have included the funding of one hundred ninety-five (195) student sustainability internships. Fifty-three (53) TGIF funded projects have successfully concluded. 2012 Mini-Grant Awards- four projects 2012 Grant Awards- ten projects 2011 Grant Awards- eleven projects 2010 Grant Awards- thirteen projects 2009 Grant Awards- seven projects 2008 Grant Awards- eight total projects; five Earth Weeks Forty (40) TGIF funded projects are still in progress as of July 1, 2013. 2013 Grant Awards- fourteen projects 2012 Mini-Grant Awards- eight projects 2012 Grant Awards – twelve projects 2011 Grant Awards – four projects 2010 Grant Awards – one project 2009 Grant Awards – one project 2008 Grant Awards – all completed Three (3) projects have been discontinued.
Theme Waste Transportation Energy Water Food Education & Behavior Change Habitat TOTAL
# of Projects 23 7 12 13 5
% 23.96% 7.29% 12.50% 13.54% 5.21%
20 16 96
20.83% 16.67% 100.00%
Twenty-two (22) of the fifty-three (53) completed projects concluded in 2012-2013: four (4) mini-grant projects and sixteen (18) spring grant projects. Air Handling Unit Transmitters Berkeley Student Food Collective Food Prep Expansion Break the Mode
Greening the Berkeley Science Review Greening the Berkeley Science Review: Phase II (MG) Installation of Bottle Refill Stations
Annual Report 2013 Break the Mode Part II (MG) Cal Dining Sustainability Team Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training Composting at Blake Garden (MG) Earth Week 2013 * EcoMovie Nights Food Day 2012 Green Cup Competition: Round 2 *
Lawns to Meadows Nature Village: Sustainable Family Living Strawberry Creek Planting (Filling the WeedShaped Hole) Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe (MG) Student Environmental Resource Center Talking Louder About SustainabilityNext Generation Teaching, Learning, and Change
*Green Cup Competition: Round 2 and Earth Week 2013 are not considered their own separate projects but phases of the original projects, 2011 funded “Green Cup Competition” and 2008 funded “Earth Week”. These two original projects are now considered completed and are factored into the total “completed projects” numbers.
Awards UC Berkeley became the first university in the world to join the Plastic Disclosure Project, thanks to 2012 TGIF Grant Award Zero Waste Research Center. 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. 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. 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 TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh was awarded a 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award. 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.
Annual Report 2013 Introducing the TGIF Fall Mini-Grant Program TGIF introduced the TGIF Mini-Grant Program in 2012-2013. The Mini-Grant Program provides an opportunity for UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty to apply for TGIF Grants in the amounts of $500-$2,000 in October and November. TGIF hoped to award up to $20,000 in minigrants. The goals of the mini-grant program were 1) to fill a gap in the availability of fall funding for sustainability projects and 2) to finance projects of smaller scope and shorter timeline. The inaugural mini-grant program was a success. TGIF received twenty-one minigrant applications, eleven by the October deadline and ten by the November deadline, requesting a total of $34,000 in funding. TGIF selected twelve projects and awarded a total of $17,525. Five projects were second phases or additional plans for existing TGIF projects, while seven were new projects. As of June 1, 2013, four mini-grant projects concluded, with the remaining eight slated to complete by January 2014. Due to the success of the inaugural mini-grant program, it will now be an annually offered TGIF program.
Theme Waste Transportation Energy Water Food Education & Behavior Change Habitat TOTAL
# of Projects 3 2 0 2 0
% 25.00% 16.67% 0.00% 16.67% 0.00%
October 1st, 2012 Mini-Grant Winners Campus Bike Plan Update 2 16.67% Project Leads: Greg Haet 3 25.00% Sponsor: Campus Bicycle Committee 12 100.00% TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000 Project Theme: Transportation Project Description: Two student interns will be hired to provide an implementation update of the 2005 Campus Bicycle Plan (CBP). The student intern will review the 2005 CBP, update the implementation and achievement of its goals, describe the status of bicycle commuting and circulation on campus, and include results of a consensus-based goal-setting exercise.
Annual Report 2013 Break the Mode Part II Project Leads: William Riggs, Jessica Kuo, Jennifer McDougall Sponsor: Capital Projects, Physical & Environmental Planning, Parking & Transportation TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,800 Project Theme: Transportation Project Description: Break the Mode Phase II will encourage car users to give up their parking permits for alternate modes of transportation. This grant evolved from 2012 TGIF Grant Break the Mode, which focused on offering custom trip planning for individuals willing to switch transportation modes (a “soft sell”). Phase II will explore the “harder sell”- University Hall parking garage is being demolished and parkers’ only choice is to explore other options. Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation Project Leads: Patrick Smith, Kira Stoll Sponsor: Office of Sustainability, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition TGIF Mini-Grant: $850 Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change Project Description: Grant funding will be used to hire a student to produce supplementary video and still-photography documentation of the City of Berkeley Climate Coalition MultiFamily Working Group's (MFWG) pilot multi-family housing energy retrofit program. The video and photo documentation of the process will be edited and compiled into an efficient step-bystep instructional tool for multi-family home retrofits. (These homes often include UC Berkeley students). Reusable Sharps Container Pilot Project Project Leads: Kelley Etherington, Andy Ng Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,925 Project Theme: Waste Reduction Project Description: Sharps from medical research laboratories, including needles, blades, and broken glass, are often also considered biohazardous. Sharps containers account for a large portion of the biohazardous waste stream. The change to reusable sharps containers can dramatically reduce the amount of biohazardous waste being generated each year. This pilot project will help EH&S better understand campus laboratories' needs, and reduce costs associated with purchasing single-use containers while preventing plastic from entering the solid waste stream. Funding will be used to purchase containers and hire a student intern to assist labs with transitioning from disposable sharps containers to reusable sharps containers. Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe Project Leads: Tim Pine, Carolyn Orson Sponsor: Environment, Health & Safety TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,190 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: This grant will allow the Strawberry Creek Restoration Team to purchase a
Annual Report 2013 water quality probe for sediment and erosion research along Strawberry Creek. In addition, efforts to promote environmental stewardship along Strawberry Creek will be pursued. This grant is supplemented by the 2012 TGIF grant Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program and funding from EH&S. November 19, 2012 Mini-Grant Winners Greening the Berkeley Science Review Phase II Project Leads: Anna Schneider, Anna Goldstein, Chris Smallwood, Sebastien Lounis, Dennis Zhao, Mary Grace Lin Sponsor: Berkeley Science Review TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000 Project Description: Funding will be used to cover the additional costs of printing the spring 2013 issue of the magazine on recycled paper and for hiring a spring student intern to assist with web-development of publishing online content. The Berkeley Science Review also received a spring 2012 TGIF Grant for sustainable printing practices. Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeley's Public Affairs Digital Gallery Project Leads: Rachel Balmy, Nik Crain, Kira Stoll Sponsor: Office of Sustainability TGIF Mini-Grant: $1000 Project Description: The primary objective of this project is to create and make available photographs and video clips of campus sustainability initiatives, actions, and features that can be publicly accessed through UC Berkeley's Digital Gallery, launched by the Office of Public Affairs. Composting at Blake Garden Project Leads: Janet DeHaven Sponsor: Blake Garden TGIF Mini-Grant: $760 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: Blake Garden staff and volunteers will build three opened ended compost structures out of inter-locking block material. The structure/wall will enable the staff to use a front loader to turn the compost piles, greatly reducing the risk of repetitive stress injury to staff who currently hand-turn the piles, and allow Blake Gardens to compost on-site. Fight the Flow Part II: Residence Halls and University Village Project Leads: Emily Wong, Omsri Bharat, Mila Moran TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000 Sponsor: Nature Village, PowerSave Campus Project Theme: Water Conservation & Tap Water Project Description: This project will reduce water consumption by installing UZLow shower valves, which will allow families and students to adjust and reduce the flow settings of their
Annual Report 2013 showerheads. UZLow showerheads are designed with a lever to give the user the option to use a low flow shower stream. In addition, the project will educate users about water saving behavior change. Sustainable Laundry at University Village Project Leads: Lludmila Moran, Omsri Bharat, Tavie Tipton Sponsor: Nature Village, PowerSave Campus TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,851.50 Project Theme: Water Conservation & Tap Water Project Description: Funding will be used to purchase 50 drying racks to implement a sustainable laundry campaign with the Green Family Network pilot program. Grant funding will also pay for educational materials and a student intern. This project will pilot the use of drying racks and provide residents with information about sustainable laundry habits and efficient ways to air-dry clothes. The communication efforts during the pilot will emphasize the economic savings, the benefits for the clothes, and the reduction in carbon emissions when using a drying rack instead of a dryer machine. Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours Project Leads: Sasha Harris-Lovett, Nicole Kush, Dr. Kara Nelson Sponsor: Engineering Research Center for Re-Inventing our Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,268.50 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: Grant funding is requested to create a book and online tour about campus sustainable water infrastructure, innovative design features that treat and/or detain runoff, and campus ecological restoration projects that maintain creek water quality as well as provide habitat for native plants and animals. Trash to Treasure: A DIY Book Aimed at Reducing Home Waste Project Leads: Carli Baker, Claire Porter, Perwana Nazif Sponsors: Berkeley Student Food Collective & ReUSE TGIF Mini-Grant: $880 Project Theme: Waste Reduction Project Description: Grant funding is requested to collaborate with ReUSE in the creation of a â€œDo It Yourselfâ€? Book aimed at reducing waste. The book will provide creative ideas for reusing materials and be publicized to students. The book itself will be a fun, informative, and interactive experience in basic DIY projects, along with recipes featuring lesser known products, advice, personal anecdotes, and concrete environmental data about food and home waste.
Annual Report 2013
Break the Mode, University Hall Garage Poster Photo Credit: Jessica Kuo, 2013
Composting at Blake GardenCompleted Wall Photo Credit: Janet DeHaven, 2013
Berkeley Student Food Collective Photo Credit: Nik Crain and Rachel Balmy, 2013 UC Berkeley Digital Gallery
Annual Report 2013 TGIF Spring Grant Awards TGIF has speculated that the addition of the fall mini-grant program led to a decrease in spring TGIF Grant Applications. TGIF received twenty-eight original abstract submissionsfourteen early abstract submissions and sixteen final abstract submissions, with two being resubmissions of early abstracts. The applicants requested a total of $589,000 in funding. The application and funding request numbers were down from 2012's numbers of 45 original abstracts and $779,000 requested. TGIF is less interested in the numbers of requests and more concerned with the quality and originality of project proposals- the 2013 submissions proved to have both. Theme Waste Transportation Energy Water Food Education & Behavior Change Habitat TOTAL
# of Projects 3 1 3 0 1
% 21.43% 7.14% 21.43% 0.00% 7.14%
TGIF awarded a total of $278,505 across 1 7.14% fourteen projects, which included the funding 5 35.71% of twenty-three paid students internships. For 14 100.00% the first time in TGIF history, habitat restoration dominated as the project theme, with five habitat restoration projects selected. In another first, the TGIF Coordinator will be leading a grant project- "Campus Tree Inventory". Berkeley Student Food Collective Sustainable Business and Development Internship Program Project Leads: Carli Baker, Gwen von Klan, Elizabeth Vidar Sponsor: Berkeley Student Food Collective TGIF Grant: $6,488.31 Project Theme: Food Justice & Sustainability Status: In Progress Project Description: Interns will be hired to investigate and promote the long-term financial and environmental viability of the BSFC. The four positions will be Holistic Sustainability intern, Real Food Advocacy intern, Community Relations intern, and Financial Viability intern.
Annual Report 2013 Cal CAP 2.0 Internships Project Lead: Kira Stoll Sponsor: Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP), Office of Sustainability TGIF Grant: $9,000 Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency Project Description: Cal CAP 2.0 will support three student climate-related internships. The work performed by the interns will be integral to 1) the campus setting its next greenhouse gas emissions target, 2) the next campus Climate Action Plan, and 3) to achieving the CalCAP education objectives. Campus Shared Services Cycles Project Lead: Rebecca Andersen Sponsor: Campus Shared Services TGIF Grant: $3,000 Project Theme: Transportation Project Description: The proposed project will provide CSS members an alternate and more sustainable means of reserve-able transportation- an electric bicycle fleet with electric motors that can reach speeds of up to 15 â€“ 25 mph. Campus Tree Inventory Project Lead: Katherine Walsh, Jim Horner, Theron Klos, Phil Cody Sponsor: The Green Initiative Fund, Capital Projects, Grounds Services TGIF Grant: $20,288.30 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: This project will inventory the main campus trees in order to create a tree database system for campus maintenance and apply for tree campus USA status. Cool Towers Project Lead: Sara Shirazi Sponsor: Physical Plant-Campus Services TGIF Grant: $10,216 Project Theme: Energy Efficiency & Conservation Project Description: Cool Towers will hire two student associates to assist PP-CS in the development of a comprehensive cooling tower inventory. The students will identify system type, controls, water treatment type, and chemical usage, as well as an indication of overall water usage, and strainer and basin health of the cooling towers. PP-CS will use the data to identify water and energy conservation opportunities and develop a campus-wide standard for future cooling tower installations and retrofits. Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek Project Lead: Dylan Chapple Sponsor: Suding Lab, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management TGIF Grant: $12,388
Annual Report 2013 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: Fitting Plant to Place will refine the trait-based approach tested by the 2012 TGIF Grant Filling the Weed-Shaped Hole by measuring soil characteristics (moisture, organic matter content, nitrogen, texture and pH) and landscape factors (proximity to road, slope, and surrounding vegetation communities) at each site before planting. Fitting Plant to Place will also engage 500 volunteers. Hearst North Field Soil Restoration Project Lead: James Sanner Sponsor: Recreational Sports Department TGIF Grant: $32,000 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: The field at Hearst North is a centrally located open turf field which is in near constant use for academic, recreational, and extracurricular activities. Because of this high usage, the field's soil and plant surface is placed under a great deal of stress. The Grounds managers intend to conduct soil analysis, implement irrigation practices, and instill organic methods to restore the surface of the field. Nature Village: Phase II Project Lead: Mila Moran, Tavie Tipton Sponsor: University Village TGIF Grant: 18,840 Project Theme: Education & Behavior Change Project Description: Nature Village Phase II will build upon the 2012 TGIF Nature Village Grant Project by implementing a sharing campaign, a hazardous and electronic waste program, expanding the Green Family Program, and shooting a 3-minute Nature Village video. Pedaling Towards Zero Waste Project Leads: Claire Porter, Nick Cash Sponsor: ReUSE TGIF Grant: $7,994.80 Project Theme: Waste Reduction Project Description: Pedaling Towards Zero Waste will purchase a hybrid human-electric powered Truck Trike to be used by ReUSE, CRRS, and other licensed and trained campus individuals for transportation of reusable materials or during sustainability related projects. Refills Not Landfills Project Leads: Claire Porter, Nick Cash, Morgan Fabian Sponsors: ReUSE, Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) TGIF Grant: $4,853 Project Theme: Waste Reduction Project Description: Refills Not Landfills will collaborate with local beverage sellers to create a stamp-card that can be used by customers who bring their own mugs for beverages. Each time
Annual Report 2013 a customer BYOM's, s/he will receive a stamp towards a free drink, with a goal of incentivizing customers to "refill" or reuse, not "landfill". Restorative Ecology Training Program Project Leads: CĂŠline Pallud, Anders Olsen Sponsor: Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management TGIF Grant: $19,785 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: The Restorative Ecology Training Program will develop an intensive training course for UC Berkeley undergraduate students geared towards young ecological professionals interested in sustainable soil use and habitat restoration. The training program will include lab, field, and outreach components. Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project Project Leads: Aysha Massell, Associate Professor Kara Nelson Sponsor: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering TGIF Grant: $47,840 Project Theme: Habitat Restoration Project Description: The Ecological Stabilization Project will help Strawberry Creek regain ecological stability by applying basic Low Impact Development (LID) strategies and habitat restoration measures. Grant funding will finance the design phase of the project. Solar Powering Cal Project Lead: Kira Stoll Sponsor: Office of Sustainability TGIF Grant: $60,000 Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency Project Description: Solar Powering Cal will ensure student engagement in the campus efforts to install solar on selected campus buildings and will make TGIF a key partner in solar as a new reality at UC Berkeley. TGIF will also play a role in the larger regional effort to bring over 100 solar PV installations to public agency sites around the Bay Area. SPROUTS: Student Projects Redefining Our University's Trash Sustainably Project Leads: Shannon Davis, Kristen Klein, Hanna Miller, Lin King Sponsor: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services TGIF Grant: $25,456 Project Theme: Waste Reduction Project Description: SPROUTS, or "Student Projects Redefining Our University's Trash, Sustainably," will create a waste education and outreach team focused on hosting events, promoting education campaigns, working with Overstock and Surplus, and teaching a standardized campus waste audit.
Annual Report 2013 Metric Moments 2013 Accomplishments from In-Progress Projects
Annual Report 2013 2012 TGIF Mini-Grants Bike Plan Status Update Two student interns were hired to work with project leader Greg Haet on updating the Campus Bike Plan. The project has since been transitioned to Physical and Environmental Planning. Break the Mode, Phase II Break the Mode hired two new interns and continued the employment of student project leader Jessica Kuo, who had been hired during Phase I. The team held a second Break the Mode Outreach event at University Hall on 2/27/13, regarding the closure of University Hall Garage. The team registered 15 people for Break the Mode custom trip planning and 9 people for the BearPass. Kuo presented the project at the 2013 CED Circus and the 2013 UCTC Conference. Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeley's Public Affairs Digital Gallery Project leaders selected 30 high definition photos that showcase campus sustainability by highlighting various student actions and clubs, the physical environment, and field trips. They added metadata to the photos to include key information such as creator, creator job title, headline, description/captions, rights and usage terms, and keywords. These photos were uploaded to a Public Affairs Sustainability Folder with assistance from Melani King. Composting at Blake Garden The Blake Garden staff built the wall in an area that had water access for the composting process. The staff can now use the front loader to turn the pile and thereby avoid turning compost by hand, saving labor hours and reducing the risk of back and shoulder injuries. Using the front loader saves approximately 250+ labor hours annually. Blake Garden is also now able to keep more green waste on-site and produce high-quality compost needed for the garden, saving approximately $3000 a year in avoided green dumpster fees. Fight the Flow, Part II UZLOW showerheads arrived at UC Berkeley and an attempt at installation was made at both Unit 2 and University Village. It was discovered that the showerhead design had been changed since Phase I was completed at Unit 1. This resulted in the showerheads being leaky and unfixable with plumber's tape; therefore, no installations have been made. Project leaders are currently working with the UZLOW representative to fix the matter. New UZLow valves will be delivered early fall 2013. Greening the Berkeley Science Review, Phase II For the spring 2013 issue, the BSR printed 1,285 pounds of 60% PCW paper, which saved 1 ton of wood (or 7 trees), 3,304 gallons of water, 3 million BTUs, 258 pounds of solid waste, and 739 pounds of greenhouse gasses. The BSR hired student Dennis Zhao who was able to import online BSR archived issues through Fall 2010 using an IssuuM plug-in. The BSR also unveiled a new online article format. In the first week of the online release of the spring 2013 issue, there were 4,299 total page views, compared to 2,521 page views during the first week of the fall 2012 issue.
Annual Report 2013 Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation Project is on hold due to possible changes to the scope of the project. No funds expended. Reusable Sharps Container Pilot Project The pilot project was proposed to Stanley Hall, who was interested in offering this service to the QB3 laboratories. There are roughly 80 sharps containers in Stanley Hall but, after further research, it was found that the containers only need servicing twice per year. Stericycle was not willing to provide 80 sharps containers with such low turnover without a monthly rental fee for each container. A cost-benefit analysis deemed this option not cost-effective. Stericycle also does not allow their reusable sharps containers to be in the same building as disposable containers due to the potential safety issue of having a disposable sharp placed into a reusable sharps container. The project team found that a reusable sharps program is better suited for medical hospitals where high volumes of needles are generated. All grant funds were returned. Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe The Watershed Stewardship team purchased the water quality probe and conducted a Water Quality Testing Training from 11/13/2012 â€“ 12/5/2012. Traits tested included total Coliform, turbidity, chloramines, and pH. The probe will continue to be used by EH&S and the Strawberry Creek Restoration Team, especially in relation to activities conducted through the 2012 TGIF Grant Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program. Sustainable Laundry at University Village Nature Village and PowerSave Campus partnered to promote the use of drying racks to University Village residents. The original proposed drying-rack model was discontinued by the company. The project leaders are investigating alternate similar models. Pre- and post-surveys will be conducted with the Green Family participants to assist with the metrics calculations. Thirty drying racks and information packets have been distributed to Green Family participants. Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours Project team hired student intern Nicole Kush. Nicole's tasks included compiling existing information on Strawberry Creek, writing a sustainable water infrastructure campus tour, and designing graphics to accompany the tour booklet. The tour content was collected and all photos were accumulated. The writing portion of the tour was completed and edited, the tour layout planned, and the graphics confirmed. Trash to Treasure The project leaders chose 30 DIY reuse projects out of 100-200 potentials to feature in the book and added a student designer, Perwana Nazif, to the team. The emphasis of this book is the plentiful ways to reduce personal college waste and remain within a budget. Tutorials will include making the most out of free shirts students get from campus, how to make an easy vegetable stock using the waste ends of vegetables, and making glasses out of wine bottles.
Annual Report 2013 2012 TGIF Funded Projects Berkeley Student Food Collective Food Prep Expansion The Food Collective purchased new food prep equipment, including a vitamix blender, a panini press, an oven, shelving, and a stainless steel counter. Customers who purchase a sandwich can now pay an extra $1 to turn the sandwich into a panini. The Food Collective uses the new oven to make a variety of vegan scones, muffins, and cookies. The Food Collective's grab-and-go items have consistently been 10-15% of the store's weekly sales. The Food Collective relabeled the store in order to standardize the labeling for all items. The Food Collective also created a customer feedback form to gather input on new food items and suggestions for future menus. â€œBreak the Modeâ€?- Alternative Transport Marketing & Outreach Program Lead student intern Jessica Kuo was hired and designed the logo and educational and outreach materials. Kuo and project leader Billy Riggs designed the project plan and hired additional Break the Mode student interns. Preliminary occupancy Surveys of University Hall were conducted and the team held a Break the Mode Event at University Garage on 10/31/12. The event was deemed a success as 22 people signed up for Break the Mode custom trip planning assistance and 5 people signed up for the BearPass. Riggs and Kuo successfully applied for 2012 Mini-Grant Break the Mode, Phase II to continue the project into spring semester 2013. Cal Dining Sustainability Team Cal Dining Sustainability Team hired six student interns for the team. The team successfully helped Cal Catering acquire Green Department Certification from the Office of Sustainability. Crossroads and Cafe 3 were re-certified by the Alameda Green Business Certification Board and Cal Catering received its first certification. The team planned and executed a successful 2012 UC Berkeley Food Day on Upper Sproul Plaza and helped launch various sustainable awareness events including Water Day, Earth Week 2012, and the Clark Kerr Sustainability Program. The team conducted a packaging audit of all Cal Dining's retail stores, to investigate the possibility of reducing the amount of post-consumer waste in Cal Dining's products. Cal Dining Sustainability Team implemented a reusable to-go container program called Chews to Reuse in Foothill with the help of a 2012 Green Fund Grant from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. The program was recognized by the EPA on America Recycles Day and has since been expanded to all Cal Dining dining halls. CITRIS Sustainability Champion Awards for Undergraduates Four UC Berkeley undergraduate students were hired as Sustainability Champions and matched with employers once the four employers were selected to host the Champions for 12-week summer internships. Intern Jacqueline Hsu
Employer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Brush with Bamboo
Annual Report 2013 Each intern completed a 10-page report, as part of the spring training program, and completed their 12-week internships and final reports. Each company also completed an evaluation of the program and its respective intern. Rohit Kumar, co-founder of Brush with Bamboo, wrote about CITRIS Sustainability Champions in his article "Why UC Berkeley is emerging as leader of sustainable business". Compost Alliance: Institutionalizing In-House Composting Compost Alliance updated bins and signage in University Hall, Barrows Hall, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Haas School of Business. The Compost Alliance rolled out 17 composting bins at Energy Biosciences Building, 8 composting bins at Hearst Gym and Hearst Annex, and 1 composting bin at Peet's Coffee at Crossroads Dining Commons. The Alliance also converted 59 existing bins into paper towel compost bins at International House. The Compost Alliance created and posted post-implementation newsletters in buildings with existing composting, tabled in Wurster and Barrows with an interactive waste sorting game, and participated in the March 2013 Zero Waste Week by holding a composting demonstration on Upper Sproul Plaza. EcoMovie Nights EcoMovie Nights screened six environmental films with over 150 students attending: The City Dark: A Search for Night Screening was followed by a facilitated discussion led by on a Planet that Never Sleeps STeam. Terra Blight Screening was followed by a facilitated discussion led by the Terra Blight filmmakers. Bidder 70 Screening was followed by a facilitated discussion led by Tim DeChristoperâ€™s friend, Matt Leonard. CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil Screening was followed by a facilitated discussion led by Fossil Free Cal and SERC. Do the Math Screening was followed by a live-streamed panel discussion with West Coast climate leaders. Thin Ice Screening was followed by a facilitated discussion led by STeam. Food Day 2012 Cal Dining Sustainability Team planned and executed a successful 2012 Food Day. An estimated 1000 event attendees enjoyed educational activities organized by eleven (11) food-related student groups and samples from four (4) sustainable food companies. The day's festivities also included two cooking demonstrations; the launch of HealthyOut, a healthy foods app; and a musical performance from the student a cappella group, DeCadence. The event was a Zero Waste Event thanks to the efforts of the Zero Waste Events team. Hodo Soy's founder and director, Minh Tsai, entertained dinner patrons of Crossroads Dining Commons with a fun and informative tofu-making demonstration. Cal Dining has agreed to plan and execute all future Food Day celebrations through its Cal Dining Sustainability Team. Be on the look-out for Food Day 2013 on October 24th.
Annual Report 2013 Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits The Waste Audit Team was hired and the team established a list of potential buildings for waste audits: Wurster, Stanley, Barrows, and California Halls, Crossroads, Unit 3, and Haas Pavilion. The team leaders conducted a "practice audit" of Crossroads to train all team members. The Waste Audit team can sort through one 2 cubic yard dumpster a day on average. The Waste Audit Team conducted waste audits in Wurster and California Halls. The team sorted through a total of 1503 lbs of waste in Wurster Hall, with 52% of the waste being compost. California Hall generated 128.5 lbs of waste, with 49.81% of the waste being compost. The Plastic Disclosure Project Team worked with the Waste Audit Team to separate the plastics from the waste audit and conduct their own audits of the plastics. Green Garden Program Intern The first intern received hands-on training in the basics of composting, compost tea brewing and field application, recognizing and monitoring for pests and diseases, and releasing biological controls. A majority of the work focused on applications of compost tea for disease suppression and fertility management using the TGIF funded Compost Tea equipment. A new student intern was hired mid-November and also received hand-on training. The new intern focused on applying mechanical and cultural controls to deal with thrips (pest). The Green Garden also intern assisted with the release of beneficial insects, including predatory beetles to help control mealy bug in the Garden and at the Jepson Herbarium plantings in VLSB, and predatory wasps to fight aphids and whitefly in the Garden and at the Jepson Herbarium. Interns eliminated the use of potentially harmful synthetic fungicides at the Garden for both indoor and outdoor plant collections and assisted with the reduction of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Custom compost teas were brewed to serve as pesticides, fertilizers, disease suppressors, and insect controllers. Greening the Berkeley Science Review The Berkeley Science Review Team shifted the paper source for all of its issues to be greater than 55% post-consumer waste (PCW) paper. The BSR printed the spring 2012 issue of the BSR on 55% recycled paper (30% PCW), and the fall 2012 issue on 60% PCW paper. For the fall 2012 issue, the BSR printed 1,375 pounds of 60% PCW paper, which saved 1 ton of wood (or 7 trees), 3,535 gallons of water, 4 million BTUs, 276 pounds of solid waste, and 791 pounds of greenhouse gasses. The BSR Team successfully applied for 2012 TGIF Mini-Grant Greening the Berkeley Science Review: Phase II. The project team also held a â€œSustainable Publicationsâ€? workshop in April for its fellow student publications. Installation of Bottle Refill Stations Three refill station locations were identified and approved. Approvals for all sixteen bottle refill retrofits were completed. The three refill stations and sixteen bottle refill retrofits were installed. Refill stations were installed in Wheeler, Kroeber, and Sproul Halls. Bottle refill retrofits were completed in VLSB (2), LSA (2), Evans Hall 2nd floor, Wheeler Hall 2nd floor, Cory Hall, Doe Library Annex, GPB, Latimer, LeConte (2), Pimentel, and Tan. Ongoing maintenance of all campus hydration stations has been successfully transitioned to PP-CS.
Annual Report 2013 Learning and LEEDing at Cal All four Learning and LEEDing interns achieved professional LEED速 accreditation. To further encourage green building performance, interns worked with UC Berkeley Capital Projects to establish a campus-wide Green Project Certification recognition program for projects below the $5m threshold for LEED速 certification set by the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices. The Learning and LEEDing interns drafted a specialized renovations checklist for UC Berkeley by sampling other building renovations checklists from organizations such as StopWaste and USGBC. The checklist will increase incentives for cost-effective, smaller green projects, allowing the campus to further reduce its environmental footprint. Because of this program, future building projects can easily integrate more green building practices into their operations. Minimizing Hazardous Waste Through Chemical Exchange Project leader Kelley Etherington hired a CHEX student intern, Karen Ko. Ko and the TGIF Coordinator developed Chemical Exchange Project Implementation steps. Ko researched existing chemical reuse programs at peer institutions and identified common themes and best practices of chemical reuse programs. Ko also developed a proposal for establishing a program at UC Berkeley and developed chemical acceptance guidelines. The proposal was presented to EH&S staff and programmers, and was approved. During the month of March, Ko tracked the campus chemical inventory using a PDF file and recorded 36 chemicals donated from the hazardous materials facility. As of June 2013, CHEX had over 300 chemicals in storage and two chemicals were successfully exchanged. Nature Village: Sustainable Family Living The Nature Village team designed outreach & education materials, including a logo and website, and held a successful outreach event at the September 22nd University Village "Village Festival". The team hosted a Bulky Waste and Donation Day (7/28/12) and a Free Family Cycling Workshop (9/30/12) for Village residents. The team recruited 50 families to the Green Family Program, a pilot program designed to work closely with a select group of Village residents interested in participating in energy and water saving and waste reduction programs. Nature Village partnered with PowerSave Campus and Building Sustainability @ Cal to secure UZLOW shower valves and laundry drying racks, and conducted energy audits for 21 Green Family Program participants. Team leaders designed informational waste management posters for Village recycling and landfill practices and bought and installed 3 bicycle Fix-it stations equipped with basic bike repair tools. Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts The bins for the Hellman, Channing, and Hearst tennis courts were ordered by Campus Recycling and Refuse Services. Athletics installed the bins and is in charge of the collection. CRRS interns installed educational signage above the bins. Project leader Annie Goransson wrote a report entitled Recycling and Reusing Tennis Balls: Is There a Sustainable Game Plan? CRRS is still investigating reuse options for tennis balls.
Annual Report 2013 Strawberry Creek Planting (Filling the Weed-Shaped Hole) The team, led by student supervisor Lauren Hallett and student interns Nathan Bickart and Lawrence Fernandez, engaged over 250 student and community volunteers in urban creek restoration, through coordination with the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program (SCRP). These volunteers served over 450 volunteer-hours over the course of 11 educational volunteer events, removing ivy (and other invasives) and sheet mulching over 100 m2 of riparian habitat along Strawberry Creek. The team propagated approximately 2000 individuals of 60 native plant species in the Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery, and planted 348 native plants in four focal areas along Strawberry Creek and approximately 500 plants in other sites along the creek. The project team selected species based on the trait-screening results, which suggested they would likely resist re-invasion by ivy and therefore be sustainable. Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program The program hired interns Veronica Chew and Katy Nomura who completed the initial Jordan Fire Trail Survey. The survey focused on the following figures: number of people observed on the trail; number of times people use the trail; awareness of flora and fauna along the trail; reasons for use of trail; presence of dogs; any suggested improvements. The team updated the Strawberry Creek Restoration Leadership Manual/Booklet by adding 5 natives and 7 invasive species and designed 5 interpretive sign designs for installation along Jordan Fire Trail. The team successfully held three restoration events that focused on invasive species removal and native plant planting, with over 50 different volunteers. The team led 30 minute daily tours of Strawberry Creek Tour for Berkeley High Environmental Science Class from 10/23-10/25, and conducted a Water Quality Testing Training from 11/13/2012 â€“ 12/5/2012, testing total Coliform, turbidity, chloramines, and pH. Student Environmental Resource Center Student Staff Members for SERC were hired and SERC officially opened on Friday, October 12, 2012. SERC is now located in 337 Mulford Hall thanks to the generous support of the of the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department. The Center had an estimated 75 walk-ins during the fall and spring semesters and 11 student organized used the center for their group meetings. SERC passed 2 Bills through the ASUC, SB 85 and SB 10. SERC launched Decal "Environmental Student Organizations at Cal" with 25 students completing the class. SERC cosponsored the 2013 California Student Sustainability Coalition Spring Convergence at UC Berkeley, and co-hosted several organizational and leadership development events and workshops. SERC received more than 50 donated sustainability-related books and operated a lending system that allowed more than 20 students to check-out books. Waste Not, Want Not: Zero Waste Events Zero Waste Events hired student lead Katie Clabeaux, who collaborated with the planners of Food Day 2012 to provide composting and recycling. The Zero Waste Events team set-up 5 waste stations and diverted a trash-toterâ€™s worth of recycling and composting. ZWE worked with Cal Dining to create a ZWE option for its catering menu. This collaboration was showcased at the Composting Kick-off for 2000 Carlton in December. ZWE also provided composting and
Annual Report 2013 recycling for the College of Natural Resource's Decemberfest and recycling for a Cal Tennis Tournament on January 18th with TGIF project leader and Cal tennis player Annie Goransson. ZWE hired Shannon Davis to lead the project during summer 2013. Davis developed a zero waste events catering checklist and a zero waste facilities checklist to be launched in Fall 2013. Water Conservation in the Greek Community This project is undergoing restructuring for 2013-2014. Baseline water data was collected from October and November 2010 and October and November 2011 from the various sororities and fraternities. Over thirty houses are interested in competing in the Blue Cup Competition. A pilot program and the contest will be launched in 2013-2014. PowerSave Campus has agreed to assist Greening the Greeks with the implementation of the contest and any house water retrofits. Wurster Hall Waste Management The TGIF Funded Waste Audits Team conducted a pre-implementation waste audit for Wurster Hall. New Triad Receptacle public lobby containers from Forms & Surfaces were installed in the 2nd and 3rd floor North lobbies, as well as in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floor South lobbies. Max-R high volume containers were installed in the 1st floor North lobby and studios on floors 3-9. Custom toters were designed and manufactured by max-R to fit inside the containers. Project leader Eli Perszyk received additional grant funds to cover unforeseen special design costs of the max-R bins, needed to handle the high volume waste, recycling, and composting outputs of Wurster's design studios and cafĂŠ. Zero Waste Research Center & Plastic Disclosure Project The ZWRC aided in three plastic waste audits (including Crossroads and Wurster Hall) for the Plastic Disclosure Project, completed one extensive product purchase recommendation report (alternative products for Memorial Stadium to replace those that are going to landfill, such as the hot dog wrappers and the non-recyclable souvenir cups), and completed over 560 hours of research and project implementation, with plans to share this information with important stakeholders on campus, key vendors, and students. The main focus of the research and recommendations is closing the loop on campus waste streams from procurement to disposal/reuse.
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California Student Sustainability Convergence Photo Credit: Nik Crain and Rachel Balmy, 2013 UC Berkeley Digital Gallery
CHEX Flyer Photo Credit: Karen Ko
Forms & Surfaces Bins, Wurster Hall Photo Credit: Kareem Hammoud
Annual Report 2013 2011 TGIF Funded Projects Air Handling Unit Transmitters The project team installed 2 Differential Pressure Switches at Bechtel Hall and 1 at Barker Hall. Stationary engineer Mike Schefers and student intern Ace Haidrey continued to monitor and evaluate the filters installed in California Hall and Koshland Hall. The team has been testing different types of filters to evaluate which filters have the longest life cycles and will reduce labor costs, landfill waste, and transportation costs. The team continues to utilize the Energy Management System to monitor pressure drop on filters on a monthly basis. Next steps will include measuring the amplitude and voltage of filters, to provide metrics for calculating energy consumption. ASUC Green Certification Program The program leaders completed and launched the certification website in September 2012. The GreenCAT Director selected 9 interns as auditors to facilitate the program. GreenCAT auditors held office hours for student organizations and training sessions for the directors of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), building a new relationship with SERC. By the end of spring semester 2013, 2 student organizations were recertified by the program. TGIF and the ASUC EVP's Office of Sustainability are currently working to restructure the ASUC Green Certification under the EVP's Office of Sustainability. Discussions have included improving publicity of the ASUC Green Certification Program, creating new and improved student organization access to the funding, and securing future permanent funding through the ASUC. Bring Your Own Mug BYOM intern Morgan Fabian designed a new logo for the next generation of mugs. Mugs were sold in the Berkeley Student Food Collective and through events and department requests. An estimated 600 mugs have been distributed to and purchased by campus community members. BYOM hired GO! Team to conduct a waste audit of Free Speech Movement CafĂŠ and results showed that non-reusable coffee cups made up 5% of the waste stream. TGIF Program Associates conducted a campus area cafĂŠ audit to record ratios of customers that bring their own mug versus those who use a paper cup for beverage purchases. Results showed that a majority of customers are still using single-use paper cups, rather than reusable to-go mugs or for-here mugs. BYOM partnered with ReUSE and won 2013 grant Refills Not Landfills to continue education and outreach implementation steps for BYOMs. As of September 2013, BYOM will become a program of Campus Recycling and Refuse Services and be led by ReUSE. Custodial Communications This project is undergoing restructuring for 2013-2014. Green Cup Competition: Round 2, Fall 2012 Twenty-four houses signed up to compete in the Fall 2012 Green Cup Competition. Competing houses were required to submit baseline energy data, and those who submitted their data received an initial budget of $200 for house energy retrofits. An estimated 14 houses took advantage of the retrofit budget, and retrofits included replacing incandescents with CFL's,
Annual Report 2013 using laundry drying racks, using timers for televisions, installing sink aerators, and weatherstripping. PowerSave Campus and TGIF developed a How To: Organize and Run a Greek House Energy Savings Competition Guide that was promoted through AASHE. Green Cup Competition saved an average of 143,883.885 kWh and 3580.82 therms per semester (Fall 2011 and Fall 2012), resulting in estimated cost savings of $27,725. Low Water Irrigation Irrigation and non-irrigation usage can now be collected thanks to the installation of hydrometers and field controllers. Flow data has been recorded for this project for at least 6 months. With the installation of the weather station at the West Front Kiosk, PP-CS Grounds can confirm different micro-climates, and different watering needs for the West Front vs. the central campus. PP-CS tested all project equipment and made software adjustments as needed, including replacing the irrigation server and adding new software which allows multiple users to access servers. New users, Athletics and RSSP, were added to this "smart", remote, and centrally controlled irrigation system. Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration This project was combined with 2010 TGIF project Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training. The accomplishments of these two projects included removing invasive plants, such as Algerian ivy, Periwinkle, and Aristotelia chilensis from campus natural areas, reintroducing native plant seedlings in areas of invasive species removal, leading the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program DeCal and volunteer restoration days along Strawberry Creek, and managing the Native Plant Nursery and Demonstration Garden. Talking Louder About Sustainability- Next Generation The Next Generation interns Nik Crain and Rachel Balmy wrote for and published the October, November, and January Bright Green News, assisted with various outreach activities, and met with student environmental organizations. Nik and Rachel also assisted with organizing and hosting the Fall 2012 Sustainability Forum on September 12, 2012. Rachel and Nik with the implementation of 2012 TGIF Mini-Grant Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeley's Public Affairs Digital Gallery. By the end of the project, The Next Generation team had achieved the following metrics: 2350+ Bright Green News subscribers 851 Facebook Likes as of 5/31/13 600+ Views on 2 new videos on YouTube Channel= UCBSustainability 40+ student groups, 100+ participants at biannual sustainability forum 10+ Sustainability tours for visiting student groups and faculty/staff/professors
Annual Report 2013 2010 TGIF Funded Projects Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training The leadership team changed its name from Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Team to Watershed Stewardship Team. The team completed 2011 TGIF Grant Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration, will continue to lead 2012 TGIF Grant Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program, and successfully applied for 2012 TGIF Mini-Grant Strawberry Creek Water Quality Probe. Retrofitting RSF into a Human Powered Gym The Human Powered Gym team completed the first version of the elliptical and casing for the retrofit parts. The team is planning to build another more finalized casing design. The project team collaborated with Mechanical Engineering 110 and 290H class groups on a prototype for a user interface system for the machines. The education team created posters to display in the RSF and is awaiting RSF and Precor approvals of the equipment design changes. Teaching, Learning, and Change (TLC) The Office of Sustainability held a second WORKbright green Staff Sustainability Training during fall semester 2012. The training took place over the course of two 4-hour sessions and featured presentations and workshops from various campus staff and student environmental organizations. Twenty participating staff learned sustainability competencies in: Campus transportation options Creating less waste Energy efficiency, conservation, and reductions in electricity use Campus land use/stewardship and greening campus buildings. Using less water Green purchasing Student-led sustainability initiatives Funding
2009 TGIF Funded Projects Lawns to Meadows Plan and Implementation The Anthony Hall Landscape Conversion was designed in collaboration with Lutsko Associates and Capital Projects. The conversion took place early spring semester 2013. The work on Anthony Hall was part of the Lower Sproul Redevelopment upgrades and will help the Graduate Assembly achieve LEED® certification for Anthony Hall. Project leader Jim Horner and TGIF Program Associate Kareem Hammoud calculated baseline water metrics and have begun to compare water, fuel, and labor use to baseline data, while observing other changes to flora and fauna at the Lawns to Meadows conversion sites. Recycling at Cal Legal issues between the University and original manufacturer were resolved. Designs and drawings were awarded to new manufacturer, a local company in Richmond, CA. The bin order
Annual Report 2013 placed consisted of 155 Landfill and 50 Bottles & Cans (funded by the Be Smart About Safety grant), and 28 Bottles & Cans and 28 Mixed Paper (funded by this TGIF grant). Bins were first installed in Upper Sproul and have since been rolled out throughout campus. The bins received press coverage in the Daily Cal and the Berkeleyan. A post-implementation waste audit will be conducted on Upper Sproul during fall 2013 to measure the waste diversion success of the bins.
2008 TGIF Funded Projects Earth Week 2013 ASUC Steam collaborated with multiple UC Berkeley student environmental organizations to host a week-long series of events that included film screenings, speakers, musical performances, a Natural Disaster Preparedness Course, and co-hosting the California Student Sustainability Coalitionâ€™s Spring 2013 Convergence.
Hydration Station, Sproul Hall Photo credit: Kareem Hammoud
Human Powered Gym Photo credit: Jodi Loo
Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery Photo credit: Kareem Hammoud
Annual Report 2013 Education and Outreach Partnerships TGIF became part of the new LEAD Center and relocated its office to Hearst Gym 102 in August 2012. The organizational transition to the LEAD Center has assisted TGIF with building partnerships within the Division of Student Affairs, and the physical transition to the LEAD Center has created more connections with new students and student organizations. One such organization is the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC). TGIF provided advising and financial support throughout SERC's first year of growth, which included the establishment of a leadership structure and the hosting of multiple successful student-centered events. TGIF hired TGIF Program Associates, student interns who assist the TGIF Coordinator with project documentation, interviewing projects leaders, blogging, and developing new program features, like the TGIF Project Locations Map. 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 became an official partner of the Beverage Alliance, charged with facilitating and implementing the annual Beverage Alliance Sustainability Grant Project. TGIF co-founded the Campus Green Fund Collaborative with the University of Vermont, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, McGill University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Texas at Austin. The TGIF Coordinator position was added as an ex-officio position on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. TGIF was invited to become a member of the City of Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.
Presentations TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-presented 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 Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-presented Grant Writing Best Practices at both the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Spring 2013 Convergence and the 9th Annual Energy Efficiency Summit. Twenty-five TGIF projects presented posters at the 2013 CACS Sustainability Summit.
Annual Report 2013 Five TGIF funded projects presented 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 The TGIF Coordinator presented at and participated in the following events and meetings: Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund Recipients’ Reception Nature Village Community Day Caltopia 2012 TGIF holds optional abstract and application workshops to 2012-2013 Senate Leadership Institute assist potential applicants with 2012-2013 Graduate Assembly Delegates Meeting the grant application process. Fall 2012 Sustainability Forum -------------------------------------- Food Day 2012 TGIF requires the project TGIF Info Sessions (January 2013) leaders of all winning grant TGIF Abstract Workshops (February 2013) applications to attend a TGIF Application Workshops (April 2013) mandatory project leader TGIF Project Leader Trainings (May 2013) training and sign a TGIF Earth Week Green Speed Networking Event contract. No funds are 2013 BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program transferred to a project until a project leader has attended a training and signed a contract.
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Annual Report 2013 TGIF in the News Spring Semester 2013 Rohit Kumar, co-founder of Brush with Bamboo, wrote about TGIF funded project CITRIS Sustainability Champions in his article "Why UC Berkeley is emerging as leader of sustainable business". TGIF funded project Fight the Flow was featured in a Daily Cal article for winning a 2013 Best Practices Award. The project was also featured in the July issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability. TGIF funded project Human Powered Gym was mentioned in Ecopedia's latest article Human Powered Gyms Make Watts from Your Workout. Five TGIF projects have been accepted to present at the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and one TGIF project will be winning a Best Practices Award! Read the blog post announcement here. Read the May issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability, featuring TGIF Project Installation of Bottle Refill Stations and the announcement of the 2013 TGIF Grant Awards. Read the May issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley Team. The issue features TGIF funded projects Fight the Flow, University Village, and Green Cup Competition. The Green Initiative Fund is proud to announce the 2013 TGIF Spring Grant Awards. TGIF is awarding a total of $278,505.41 across 14 projects. Read more about the winning grant projects here. TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh is one of 14 individuals and 7 teams to receive a 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA). Read about all the recipients in the UC Berkeley News Center article. 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. Read the April issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability, featuring an article about TGIF project Recycling at Cal. The UC Office of the President announced the 2013 winners of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Awards. UC Berkeley won three awards, including the award for Best Student Energy Efficiency Program to PowerSave's TGIF funded project Fight the Flow. The Daily Cal also featured a story on Recycling at Cal. Read the UC News Center article about the new campus outdoor landfill and recycling system created by the TGIF funded Recycling at Cal project. Read the March issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team. Read the February issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team. Read the latest issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability, including the announcement about TGIF grants and the TGIF-funded Plastic Disclosure Project.
Annual Report 2013 Fall Semester 2012 Read the December issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team. Read the latest issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability, including the article about the TGIF-funded WORKbright Green Staff Sustainability Training. Cal Dining and TGIF Funded Cal Dining Sustainability are 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. Article in the Daily Cal on TGIF Project Leader Annie Goransson and her "Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts" project. Read the November issue of PowerSave Chronicles from the UC Berkeley team. Did you miss UC Berkeley's celebration of Food Day? Check out all the coverage! CalTV Video; UC Berkeley News Center post; Daily Cal article; Event Photos Past TGIF project leader Kelley Doyle was awarded a 2012 AASHE award for Undergraduate Student Research on Campus Sustainability. Read the article from UC Berkeley News Center. Congratulations, Kelley! The Daily Clog writes about the staying power of SERC at UC Berkeley. Read the post here. TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh co-presented on green funds at the AASHE 2012 Conference. Download copies of the two presentations: Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up The October issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability is now available. The October issue of PowerSave Green Campus Chronicles is here! Want to know what is going on with The Green Initiative Fund? Read the Fall 2012 Newsletter! Read the September myPower newsletter here and get the latest on energy news from UC Berkeley. Be sure to read the September newsletter from UC Berkeley's PowerSave Green Campus. Check out the latest issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability, featuring not-to-miss opportunities and jobs from The Green Initiative Fund. Be sure to read the August newsletter from UC Berkeley's PowerSave Green Campus, featuring TGIF funded projects Green Cup Competition, Fight the Flow, and End the Cycle, and TGIF Project Leader Lludmila Moran of 2012 TGIF Grant project Nature Village: Sustainable Family Living. Read the latest campus energy news in the Summer 2012 newsletter from myPower. Read about the 2012 TGIF Projects, TGIF-sponsored Campus Sustainability Map project, and more in the July issue of bright green news from the Office of Sustainability.
Annual Report 2013 FY13 Budget Summary and Finance Goals for FY14 TGIF receives a $5.50/student/semester fee per the 2007 referendum. This fee will be raised to $6.00/student/semester for 2013-2017. TGIF received $321,531 in student fees for FY13. Line Items to Note (in comparison to the FY12 budget): Operations Budget Increase in FY13 The operations budget increased in FY13 due to two new Committee-approved line items: The hiring of three student TGIF Program Associates. “Student Travel Grants” that sent 3 students to the 2012 AASHE Conference (one presenting TGIF project Green Cup Competition) and 13 students and one staff member to CHESC 2013, all presenting on behalf of TGIF funded projects. The total remaining balance is $283,222. $218,563 is already granted to in-progress TGIF projects, which have not yet transferred their grant awards to their project accounts. $20,000 is allocated for the fall 2012 mini-grant program. $44,659 is “unallocated funds” that will be used for the FY14 operating budget. Finance Goals for FY14 During FY13, TGIF was able to reduce its “Unallocated-Unrestricted” funds by providing additional grant awards to projects like Wurster Hall Waste Management and the Student Environmental Resource Center, by hiring TGIF Program Associates, and by providing financial sponsorship for student TGIF project leaders to attend two sustainability conferences. The creation of the TGIF Mini-Grant program also contributed to the reduction of unallocated funds. TGIF does need to have some “Unallocated-Unrestricted Funds” for potential program improvements and project emergencies that are not budgeted in the Committee-approved annual budget. If these unplanned situations do occur, any expenditure must first be approved by the TGIF Committee in accordance with the TGIF bylaws. The end of FY13 saw the close of all grant transactions from 2008 and 2010. The 2009, 2011, and 2012 in-progress projects are slated to complete within FY14, which will close all grant transactions from 2008-2012. FY14 will be the first fiscal year that TGIF student fees are $6.00/student/semester, which equates to the availability of greater annual funding for TGIF grants and student internships. TGIF aims to award a total of $20,000 to fall TGIF Mini-Grants, and additional $250-300,000 to spring TGIF Grants. With some TGIF funded projects slated to complete under budget in FY14, TGIF will be responsible for recouping any unused funds, to be reallocated to future, new TGIF grant projects. TGIF will continue to solicit and develop new and creative uses for TGIF funds, such as a Student Environmental Internship Program or funding for the Student Organic Garden.
The Green Initiative Fund Statement of Activity July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
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Beginning Balance Allocated Funds Unallocated Funds TOTAL BALANCE
193,248 97,663 290,911
Revenues Student Fees
Expenses Operating Coordinator Wages Student Wages Benefits Compensation Gen. & Employee Insurance Supplies & Expenses Coordinator/Committee (Conf-Mtngs-Traings-Events) Students (Travel-Conf-Mtngs-Traings-Events) SUBTOTAL
34,810 3,925 13,263 1,221 314 1,822 1,370 4,364 61,089
SUBTOTAL TOTAL EXPENSES
-15,817 20,029 -2,808 0 105,668 17,525 147,384 271,981 333,070
Grants 2008 Grant Awards 2009 Grant Awards 2010 Grant Awards 2011 Grant Awards 2012 Grant Awards 2012 Mini-Grant Awards 2013 Grant Awards (and additional funds)
Net Revenues/(Expenses) Beginning Balance for FY13 Allocated 2008 Grants Awards Dashboard Funds Removal 2009 Grant Awards 2010 Grant Awards Greening Kroeber Removal 2011 Grant Awards 2012 Grant Awards 2013 Grant Awards SUBTOTAL
17,817 -17,817 34,811 2,808 -2,808 11,500 21,660 150,592 218,563
20,000 44,659 64,659
Unallocated 2013 Fall Mini-Grants 36 Unrestricted
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Grants Activity FY08-FY12 2008 Grants Anthony Hall Window Replacement and LEED-EB Certification Building Sustainability @ Cal Earthweek Healthy You for a Healthy Universe Lower Sproul Plaza Redevelopment Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nursery Student Internships for the Office of Sustainability UC Berkeley Campus Dashboard University Hall Going Green! LEED SUBTOTAL Closed Grant Balance Returned to Unallocated Fund Closed Grant Balance Returned to Unallocated Fund
10,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 4,000 12,865 15,000 76,750 10,000 168,615
0 0 0 0 0 0 15,000 0 0 15,000
10,000 25,000 2,000 5,000 4,000 10,865 0 76,750 10,000 143,615
-7,000 0 2,000 0 0 2,000 0 0 0 -3,000 7,000
0 0 2,000 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,000
0 0 2,000 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,000
0 0 2,000 0 0 0 0 -17,817 0 -15,817 17,817
2008 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
Better Bin- discontinued BicyCal Berkeley Student Food Collective CLAS Carbon Smart and LEED-EB Certification Project Lawns to Meadows Plan and Implementation
0 0 5,200 0
12,000 22,000 0 40,000
0 69,000 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
3,500 12,000 91,000 5,200 40,000
No More Down the Drain
Recycling at Cal Program
18,250 56,000 3,000 286,650
69,000 2,700 3,500
2,500 17,000 0 4,450 0 0 0 4,500 8,800 15,000 0 16,650 0 58,600 30,000 157,500
0 0 15,000 0 3,100 5,000 27,000 0 0 0 15,000 0 5,000 0 26,000 96,100
Talking Louder about Campus Sustainability Water-metering and Sub-metering of Campus Buildings Wurster Composting - discontinued SUBTOTAL Closed Grant Balance Returned to Unallocated Fund Closed Grant Balance Returned to Unallocated Fund
Paid by FY10 Operating Budget
2009 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
Bike to Work Day Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training Campus Custodial Communications CLAS (Additional Funds) "End the Cycle" Sustainable Laundry Campaign Greening Kroeber Art Studios and Bathrooms Hydration Station Installation I Heart Tapwater Campaign Mobilizing Sustainability-The Greening Operations (GO!) Team Reduction in Chemical Use at the UC Botanical Garden Retrofitting the RSF into a Human Powered Gym Teaching, Learning, and Change (TLC) UC Berkeley Energy Symposium Water Metering and Conservation Wurster Hall Sub-metering SUBTOTAL Closed Grant Balance Returned to Unallocated Fund 2010 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
2,500 17,000 15,000 4,450 3,100 5,000 27,000 4,500 8,800 15,000 15,000 16,650 5,000 58,600 56,000 253,600
All 2010 Grant Funds Expended
-2,808 2,808 0
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Air Handling Unit Transmitter ASUC Green Certification Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) Campus Bicycle Initiative Compost Coalition Custodial Communications 2011 Fight the Flow Greeks Energy Competition Hydration Stations Low Water Irrigation Mercury Vapor Detection Equipment Strawberry Creek Restoration Demonstration Sustainability Map Project Talking Louder, Next Generation Waste Reduction in the Greek Community SUBTOTAL
21,400 33,100 10,000 0 32,000 0 0 0 27,000 38,072 4,497 0 3,000 6,500 15,345 190,914
0 0 0 27,825 0 0 3,696 8,740 0 0 0 5,000 0 0 0 45,261
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1,152 2,560 8,243 20,060
0 0 8,243 0
1,152 2,560 0 20,000
40,270 2,420 3,875 17,424 3,840 2,000 25,000 1,000 14,800 4,200 16,861 7,000 1,386 16,232
40,270 0 0 17,424 3,840 2,000 0 1,000 0 4,200 0 0 1,386 16,232
0 2,420 3,875 0 0 0 25,000 0 14,800 0 16,861 7,000 0 0
18,082 12,000 6,475 29,250
18,082 0 6,475 7,650
0 12,000 0 0
1,931 38,400 19,100 313,561
1,931 38,400 19,100 186,233
0 0 0 105,668
21,400 33,100 10,000 27,825 32,000 11,500 3,696 8,740 27,000 38,072 4,497 5,000 3,000 6,500 15,345 247,675
2011 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
Berkeley Science Review-Greening Berkeley Student Food Collective Food Prep Expansion Cal Dining Sustainability Team CITRIS Sustainability Champion Awards for Undergraduates Compost Alliance 2012: Institutionalizing In-House Composting EcoMovie Nights Food Day 2012 Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits Green Garden Program Intern I Heart Tap Water (Additional Funds) Installation of Bottle Refill Stations Lawns to Meadows (Additional Funds) Learning and LEEDing at Cal Minimizing Hazardous Waste Through Chemical Exchange Nature Village: Sustainable Family Living Out Moded (Break the Mode) Recycling on Campus Tennis Courts Strawberry Creek Planting (Filling the Weed Shaped Hole) Strawberry Creek Student Restoration Leadership Program, Phase II Student Sustainability Resource Center Waste Not, Want Not: Zero Waste Events Water Reduction in the Greek Community Waste Reduction in the Greek Community (Additional Funds) Wurster Waste Management Zero Waste Research Center SUBTOTAL 2012 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
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Berkeley Science Review Green Printing Bike Plan Status Update Break the Mode, Part II Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeley's Public Affairs Digital Gallery Compost Bins for Blake Garden Fight the Flow, Part II Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation Reusable Sharps Container Pilot Project Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Project Sustainable Laundry at University Village Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours Trash to Treasure SUBTOTAL
2,000 2,000 1,800
2,000 2,000 1,800
1,000 760 2,000 850 1,925 1,190 1,852 1,269 880 17,525
1,000 760 2,000 850 1,925 1,190 1,852 1,269 880 17,525
2012 Mini-Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
2013 Grant Awards
Berkeley Student Food Collective Sustainable Business and Development Internship Program Cal CAP 2.0 Internships Campus Shared Services Cycles Campus Tree Inventory Cool Towers Fitting Plant to Place: Site-Specific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek Hearst North Field Soil Restoration Project Nature Village Phase II Pedaling Towards Zero Waste Refills Not Landfills Restorative Ecology Training Program Strawberry Creek Ecological Stabilization Project Solar Powering Cal SPROUTS Crank Game Additional Funds Wurster Hall Waste Management Additional Funds BYOM Additional Funds Student Environmental Resource Center Additional Funds SUBTOTAL
Total Grant Award Carry Over
6,844 9,000 3,000 20,288 10,216
6,844 9,000 3,000 0 10,216
12,388 32,000 18,840 7,995 4,853 19,785 47,840 60,000 25,456 600 10,710 3,823 4,338 297,976
12,388 0 18,840 0 0 19,785 47,840 0 0 600 10,710 3,823 4,338 147,384
2013 Grant Funds Remaining as of 6/30/XX
Total Grant Expenses
Annual Report 2013 Looking Forward: 2013-2014 As with every year, The Green Initiative Fund will continue its calculation, evaluation, and transparent reporting of program and project metrics, in anticipation of 2017, when TGIF will be up for re-vote by the UC Berkeley student body. Keeping this date in mind, TGIF is exploring possibilities for non-student fee funding and the idea of matching or replacement funds, which could expand the financial sustainability of TGIF beyond relying solely on student fees. TGIF will further develop its new place within the LEAD Center, with plans to move under the Student Environmental Resource Center and report to the LEAD Center Assistant DirectorDirector of SERC. With the connection to SERC, TGIF can utilize SERC space and collaborate more effectively with students on their sustainability project planning and implementation. Additionally, the partnership with SERC will advance efforts to create a UC Berkeley Student Environmental Internship Program, with a focus on professional development for students and staff-student apprenticeships and mentorship. TGIF will seek new opportunities to collaborate with student organizations and campus departments, to grow its online and media presence, and to present at campus and regional events, all for the promotion of TGIF grant opportunities and project accomplishments. One solidified opportunity will be TGIF representation at the 2013 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference, where TGIF Project Leaders Shannon Davis, Hanna Miller, and Areya Behrouzian, and TGIF Coordinator Katherine Walsh have been accepted to present. Davis and Miller will be presenting "Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits" based on the 2012 TGIF Funded Project; Behrouzian will be presenting a ReUSE poster at the poster session; and Walsh will be presenting "Green Fund Implementation Guide- Campus Green Fund Collaborative" with fellow members of the Campus Green Fund Collaborative. Walsh’s presentation is in anticipation of the Collaborative’s upcoming publication “Campus Green Fund Implementation Guide”, slated to be published in December 2013 by AASHE. Other exciting TGIF plans include leading the 2013-2014 Beverage Alliance Sustainability Grant project and hosting a Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, and to Corporation (C2C) Workshop for Climate Corps Bay Area Fellows and UC Berkeley students. Finally, and most importantly, TGIF commits to improving the UC Berkeley community’s access to grant funds, environmentally-focused advising, and paid student internships, while promoting the mission and vision of TGIF- a more sustainable University of California, Berkeley.
Annual Report 2013 Appendix 1: The 2012-2013 TGIF Committee TGIF is administered by the TGIF Committee and the TGIF Coordinator. The TGIF Committee is the decision-making body for The Green Initiative Fund. It chooses which projects receive money, approves changes to projects, supervises the TGIF Coordinator, and guides the general direction of TGIF. The committee's voting members include one student representative each from the ASUC, Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, Graduate Assembly, and general undergraduate student body, and one representative each from Facilities Services, Administration, and the Faculty Senate. Non-voting members include a representative from the Committee on Student Fees, ex-officios from the Office of Sustainability and Capital Projects, an ASUC Senator, and the TGIF Coordinator. The duties of the voting committee members are to: 1. Attend monthly committee meetings 2. Select which projects receive funding during grant review 3. Vote on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments 4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees The duties of the non-voting committee members are to: 1. Attend monthly committee meetings 2. Provide advice and background information to the committee during grant review 3. Provide feedback to the committee on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments 4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees
Administration Associated Students of the University of California Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability Student At-Large Representative Faculty Facilities Services Graduate Assembly
Kira Stoll Jacqueline Hsu- Committee Chair
Shilpa Sure John Chiang Kevin Ng Daniel Riffe- Committee Vice-Chair
Committee on Student Fees ASUC Senator Ex-Officio, Capital Projects Ex-Officio, Office of Sustainability TGIF Coordinator
Conner Nannini Megan Majd Judy Chess Lisa McNeilly Katherine Walsh
Annual Report 2013 Appendix 2: Fall 2012 Mini-Grant Submissions Project Name Berkeley Science Review Green Printing
Bike Plan Status Update
Break the Mode Campus Sustainability Photos and Video for UC Berkeleyâ€™s Public Affairs Digital Gallery
Campus Bicycle Committee
Grant funding is requested to cover the additional cost of printing the spring 2013 issue of the magazine on recycled paper and to hire a spring student intern to assist with webdevelopment of publishing online content. Funding requested to hire a student intern to provide an implementation update of the 2005 Campus Bicycle Plan (CBP). The student intern will review the 2005 CBP, then provide and update on implementation and achievement of its goals, then describe the status of bicycle commuting and circulation on campus, including a consensus-based goal setting exercise.
Physical & Environmental Planning
Funding requested to hire three student interns to assist with Break the Mode outreach and education events/plans in spring 2013, to continue the 2012 Break the Mode grant that is occurring this fall.
Office of Sustainability
Grant funding is requested to 1. create (at minimum) 30 new high-quality still images and up to 10 new video-clips which will showcase the breadth and depth of campus sustainability in action, and 2. synthesize the selected images and footage into one, short finished multi-media piece. Funding will cover media equipment rental costs and the student interns' hours.
Crossroads Dining Hall Storyboard
Berkeley Science Review
Compost Bins for Blake Garden
Earth Day Nature Village Fair Trade University
Blake Garden Campus Recycling & Refuse Services, Cal Dining
Grant funding is requested to purchase materials for building compost bins at Blake Garden to mix compost on-site (reduction in transport emissions and increase in reuse of green waste) and prevent worker injuries. Crossroads and CRRS staff hope to increase awareness and publicity for the new composting system by creating a storyboard. This storyboard will be mounted in the dish room where all students drop off their plates at the end of every meal. Celebrate Earth Day in the University Village to educate village residents of the urgent & current sustainability issues of the village. Nature Village will collaborate with other organizations, e.g. UC Berkeley Student Groups and local Non-â€? profit Organizations to set up various information points and booths. Grant funding is requested to hire two student interns to establish a Fair Trade University program at UC Berkeley.
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Fight the Flow Framing the Pathway to Zero Waste Events
Green Lab Initiative Love Food Hate Waste
Multi-Family Housing Sustainability Retrofit Documentation Reusable Sharps Container Pilot Project Strawberry Creek Watershed Stewardship Program
Student Environmental Resource Center Student Environmental Resource Center Sustainable Laundry at University Village
PowerSave Green Campus, Nature Village Campus Recycling & Refuse Services Campus Recycling & Refuse Services Bare Abundance
Grant funding is requested to supply low flow, UZLow showerheads to residence halls as well as to family housing in University Village. Of the 974 families living in University Village, 50 will be participating in a pilot project in introducing these showerheads. This will be a continuation of the TGIF Fight the Flow project from 2011, and this new grant will cover showerhead and marketing costs for both Unit 2 and University Village. Funding requested for recycling & composting frames to be used for campus zero waste events; UC Berkeley is currently borrowing ten sets from Stanford and UC Davis and needs to purchase its own sets. Funding will purchase alternatives to single-use plastic lab supplies (for testing) and expand the Zero Waste initiative into the campus labs. Grant funding is requested to create an educational campaign targeting food waste.
Office of Sustainability
Hire a student to produce supplementary video and still photography documentation of the City of Berkeley Climate Coalition Multi-Family Working Groupâ€™s (MFWG) pilot multifamily housing energy retrofit program. The video and photo documentation of the process will be edited and compiled into an efficient but thorough step-by-step instructional tool for multi-family home retrofits.
Environment, Health & Safety
Funding requested for containers and an intern to transition labs from the use of disposable sharps containers to reusable sharps containers.
Environment, Health & Safety
Funding requested for water quality probe to assist with sediment and erosion research along Strawberry Creek.
Funding requested to furnish the Student Environmental Resource Center (currently looking for potentially free furniture around campus) and to provide additional resources such as books, and a computer. A projector and screen will also be needed to screen documentaries and videos about campus sustainability groups.
Student Environmental Resource Center, ASUC
Grant funding is requested for additional student intern hours to assist with implementing the SERC mission and objectives from November-May.
PowerSave Green Campus, Nature Village
Grant funding is requested to purchase 50 drying racks to implement a sustainable laundry campaign with the Green Family Network pilot program. Grant funding will also pay for educational materials and a student intern.
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Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours
Trash to Treasure
Engineering Research Center for ReInventing our Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure
Grant funding is requested to create a book and online tour with new material about sustainable water infrastructure on campus, innovative design features that treat and/or detain runoff, and campus ecological restoration projects that maintain creek water quality as well as provide habitat for native plants and animals on campus.
Berkeley Student Food Collective, ReUSE
Grant funding is requested to collaborate with ReUSE in the creation of a DIY Book aimed at reducing waste. The book would provide creative ideas for reusing materials and be publicized to students.
Appendix 3: Spring 2013 TGIF Abstract Submissions Project Name
Bring Your Own Towel Berkeley Bicycle Program BSFC Leadership and Business Program
Cal Climate Action Partnership 2.0 Campus Shared Services Alternative Transportations
Berkeley Student Food Collective
The 1+2=0 Campaign will educate Cal Dining customers about reducing food waste by encouraging a 1 entrée, 2 sides meal. The Campaign will use tactics such as education, surveys, and pledges. This project will aim to diminish and eventually eliminate the campus need to use paper towels by purchasing 1,000 custom designed sustainably sourced re-usable hand towels and giving them to campus faculty, staff, and students during special campus events. Funding will be used to create a persistent, ongoing bicycle-lending program at UC Berkeley. Interns will be hired to investigate and promote the long-term financial and environmental viability of the BSFC.
CalCAP, Office of Sustainability
This project proposes a TGIF grant to support three important student climate related internships. The work the students will perform will be integral to the campus setting its next greenhouse gas emissions target, to informing the next campus Climate Action Plan, and to achieving our CalCAP education objectives.
Campus Shared Services, EH&S
This project proposes a shared bicycle fleet as well as a “green fleet” consisting of two alternative fueled vehicles for the purpose of transporting staff as needed to and from the main UC Berkeley campus and the new Campus Shared Services (CSS) Center.
Cal Dining, Cal Dining Sustainability Team
Environment, Health & Safety Campus Bicycle Committee?
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Cool Towers Delivering Better Air! No Idling Policy / Greening our on-campus delivery vehicles
Dorm Storm Fitting Plant to Place: SiteSpecific Restoration Planning on Strawberry Creek Green Purchasing for Operating Principles Outreach
Hearst Gym North Field restoration Project Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign Mission Efficient Kitchen: Clark Kerr Kitchen Retrofit
Facilities Services, TGIF
This project will inventory the main campus trees to create a tree database system for campus maintenance and to apply for tree campus USA status.
Physical Plant Campus Services
This grant, if successful, will be used to fund two student intern positions for 48 weeks to identify and research sustainability improvement opportunities for cooling tower fans, pumps and water treatment.
Environment, Health & Safety
This project will strive to reduce air pollution on campus created by diesel fueled vehicles by establishing a “No Idling Policy” for delivery vehicles visiting campus and creating a contractual agreement with delivery companies who utilize vehicles for day-to-day operations on campus (i.e. FedEx, USPS, DHL, etc.) to use non-diesel powered vehicles for campus deliveries.
Implement a large-scale outreach campaign in the residential halls to increase the energy efficiency practices of students living in the dorms. Outreach strategies will include dorm energy surveys, workshops, presentations and informational tables. This project will be tied into the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals. This project will build upon the success of the 2012-13 project by doubling planting numbers to 700 and measuring environmental variables to determine the impact of site characteristics on plant establishment. Methods will include refining the trait-based approach by measuring soil characteristics (moisture, organic matter content, nitrogen, slope, texture and pH) at each site before planting. Funding for this project will be used to provide UC Berkeley senior leadership with executive-level promotional materials— a sustainable product, bamboo mugs imprinted with the Operating Principles, purchased with green guidelines. Hearst North Field Soil Restoration project will eliminate the amount of synthetic leachate washed off from the field, and greatly reduce the watering needs of the field by 20%-30% with an estimated captured savings of over 250,000 gallons annually. The management methodology consists of covering the field with high quality compost, working the compost into the soil, and regularly applying a liquid compost brew to the turf. Love Food Hate Waste will educate the campus on food waste in the dining halls, provide educational tours of campus food facilities, and create a food closet.
This project will assist the Clark Kerr Kitchen staff with implementing recommended retrofits to reduce energy/water use and GHG emissions, and ultimately obtain cost savings.
CALPIRG Energy Service Corps
OE Executive Committee
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Nature Village, Phase II Pedaling Toward ZeroWaste: HumanElectric Powered Hybrid Truck Trike Plastic Recycling: Environmental & Economical Rainwater Catchment System and Storm Water Overflow Garden
Restorative Ecology Training Program
Solar Powering Cal SPROUTSStudent Projects Redefining Our University's Trash Sustainably Stamp Card for Free Drinks: An Incentive to Bring Your Own Mug Strawberry Creek Channel Restoration Project Vegetation Survey of Strawberry Creek in Grinnell Natural Area
Nature Village, University Village
Nature Village Phase II will implement a sharing campaign, a hazardous and electronic waste program, expand the Green Family Program, and shoot a 3 min. Nature Village video.
Pedaling Toward Zero Waste would fund a hybrid human-electric powered Truck Trike to be used by ReUSE for its pick-ups and deliveries of reusable materials. It could also be used by other licensed, campus individuals and groups.
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services
This project aims to design, create, test and deploy a recycling device for UC Berkeley that will convert pellets to useable product and break down the pellets into powder form for 3D printing.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This project will design and build a demonstration rainwater catchment system and stormwater overflow garden at a campus site location TBD.
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
The Restorative Ecology Training Program will develop an intensive training course for UC Berkeley undergraduate students geared toward young ecological professionals interested in sustainable soil use and habitat restoration. The training program will include lab, field, and outreach components.
Office of Sustainability
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services
Solar Powering at Cal will fund the project management costs for up to five campus sites for solar installations. The project will also hire one student intern to assist with the education and outreach efforts of the project. Sprouts will hire a team of four students whose main goal will be to educate students about zero waste practices through comprehensive outreach projects and events. SPROUTS will inspire students to redefine â€œwasteâ€? as a resource, and educate them about product lifecycles through events.
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, BYOM Project
Stamp Card for free drinks will collaborate with local beverage sellers to create a stamp card that can be used by customers who bring their own mugs. Each time a customer BYOM's s/he will receive a stamp and work towards a free drink.
Environment, Health and Safety, Capital Projects
This project will restore an area of Strawberry Creek located at the confluence of the North and South Forks (in the Eucalyptus Grove).
Environment, Health and Safety
This project will hire student interns to conduct an updated vegetation survey of Strawberry Creek in the Grinnell Natural Area.
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Waste Audit Outreach
Zero Waste Research Center
Zero Waste Week
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services
Waste Audit Outreach will train waste related campus groups how to perform correct and standardized campus waste audits of campus, furthering the collection of standardized campus waste data for the Zero waste by 2020 goal.
Campus Recycling and refuse Services
Zero Waste Research Center will hire two student coordinators to fulfill three goals: plan a Zero Waste Alternatives Symposium, conduct a Plastic Stream Lifecycle Analysis, and conduct Overstock and Surplus Reuse Evaluations.
Campus Recycling and Refuse Services
Zero Waste Week will educate students on how to reduce the amount of waste that they produce through a series of events. The week will also highlight proper recycling and composting practices.
Annual Report 2013 Appendix 4: 2013 TGIF Application Process Survey & Evaluation
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6. What did you like most about the application process? Least? The application process was very comprehensive. The samples helped a lot, specially because shows different stiles, so I was able to find one that met my own needs. The in-person meetings were also helpful to solve questions. 7/9/2013 12:37 AMView Responses I liked that there were a lot of suggestions given to help guide our application and grant proposal. I didn't like some of the specifics that were required because our grant doesn't easily follow some of the categories like an easy way to measure metrics and also it is for 2 years so not all events can easily be laid out. 7/8/2013 5:05 PMView Responses The application clearly indicated the requirements and expectations. 7/5/2013 10:21 AMView Responses I liked that you had a letter of intent that was pretty short. The committee provided clear instructions in their response. I also liked that the due date was after the spring break - that was essential for me! 7/3/2013 5:03 PMView Responses I appreciated that we could apply for an origional idea, and word the application according to our vision. It was helpful getting feedback and making the adjustments necessary to get approval for the projects. 7/2/2013 12:21 AMView Responses I liked the fact that it was in two parts; but I didn't like the way that the second part of the application was due so soon after we heard a decision on the abstract (especially because it was over spring break). I also loved how Katherine was so helpful and approachable if we had any questions.
Annual Report 2013 6/26/2013 3:24 PMView Responses What I liked most about the application process was the helpful feedback I received after I submitted my early abstract. Also, the example applications on the TGIF website were very helpful. 6/26/2013 3:06 PMView Responses The application process is great! 6/25/2013 7:36 PMView Responses Very thoughall! Coordinator is very helpful. Seems to strive for a great result. 6/19/2013 3:07 PMView Responses I think the abstract process works great. I thought the application itself could be streamlined a bit - such as create a space in the applications for applicants to respond directly to the committee's abstract suggestions/requirements. 6/19/2013 2:05 PMView Responses
7. Any additional comments or suggestions? As leader of a project that is off campus, I found very helpful to meet people from other projects in the in-person meetings. I would love to have the opportunity to know better other initiatives during the process of application, this way I could find more partnerships, strengthening my project and with that my proposal. For me, with no TGIF support, I would never get this far :) I love TGIF!!! 7/9/2013 12:37 AMView Responses TGIF is a great organization and it is accomplishing what no other department on campus is able or willing to do in regards to sustainability. Thanks!!! 7/3/2013 5:03 PMView Responses I love TGIF and I think it is an amazing opportunity to make sustainable visions a reality 7/2/2013 12:21 AMView Responses Maybe, when TGIF can't fund a project, you can give the project leaders a list of options of how else to pursue their project (other sources of revenue, etc) in case they are really passionate for their project and still want to make it happen. 6/26/2013 3:24 PMView Responses working with TGIF is always a pleasure! 6/26/2013 3:06 PMView Responses