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What is TGIF?

Established in 2009, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a student led fee referendum designed to empower undergraduate students with the financial resources to fund projects regarding the 3 main aspects of sustainability:

  • Economy
  • Ethics
  • Environment
Funded by a $3.50 per quarter “sustainability fee,” The Green Initiative Fund is a student-run funding board, housed under the Admin Affairs division of ASUCI, for sustainable projects at UC Irvine. It is composed of 5 board members with voting power, and several interns. About $120,000 per academic year is available in grants for undergraduate students, organizations, or collaborative between organizations to apply for in the form of project proposals. The principle goal of the Green Initiative Fund is to provide funding for projects that reduce the University’s overall impact on the environment and create a more sustainable atmosphere on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TGIF?

TGIF stands for The Green Initiative Fund. The 2009 Spring quarter elections passed the TGIF fee referendum where all undergraduate students will pay $3.50 per quarter (excluding summer school) to fund sustainable projects on campus.

What is a sustainability project?

For the purpose of TGIF, sustainability projects are defined as initiatives that shall reduce the environmental impact of the UCI campus.

What if I am receiving financial aid and cannot pay the $3.50 Sustainability fee?

One-third of the money received will be returned to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship for students who receive financial aid. These students will not be affected by this fee referendum.

What is the $3.50 Sustainability Fee being used for?

The funds will be used for sustainable projects on UC Irvine’s campus. Projects include infrastructure upgrades, educational opportunities, and equality outreach.

How do I apply for some of The Green Initiative Fund money?

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for project funding. Applications are available on this website.
www. asuci.uci.edu/tgif

How is the funding dispersed?

The Sustainability Grant Making Committee decides on which projects are approved based on the most sustainable projects. Funding is dispersed in increments based on progress made by each project.

Do we get our money back if the money is not used?

No, the unused money will rollover to be used in the following quarter.

Can I apply for more than one project at a time?

Yes, you can apply for more than one project at a time.

What projects do not get approved?

Any project already mandated by UC Policy or Federal/State Law will not be approved. Also, projects that the Grant Making Committee decides is not sustainable or may prove to be ineffective. Many factors are taken into consideration, but rest assured that all applications will be equally considered.

What if my project doesn’t get approved, can I still apply at a different time?

Yes, you may still apply at a different funding period. Do make sure to take the comments and criticisms made by the Committee into consideration when re-submitting projects.

What if I have an idea but am not sure if it will be approved, who can I talk to?

Email your idea with your name to tgif@asuci.uci.edu and we will make sure to reply in a timely fashion.

My question wasn’t answered in this FAQ section, what should I do?

Please email your questions to tgif@asuci.uci.edu.


The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a grant-making fund for UC Irvine sustainability projects supported by a quarterly student fee.  Projects are selected by a Grant-Making Committee composed of students, and non-voting staff and faculty.

Any award given by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) does not represent the views and/or opinion of the TGIF Funding Board, University of California, Irvine; Regents of the University of California, and/or its affiliates.

Any UC Irvine undergraduate may submit a project application.  All projects must meet the following requirements as established by the TGIF bylaws:

Project Requirements

  • Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on UC Irvine’s campus, or in the capacity that on-campus activities influence sustainability off campus. All proposed projects must have a clearly-defined, measurable outcome.
  • Projects must have received written confirmation of support by appropriate campus officials prior to consideration (see Project Approval form).
  • TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Irvine policy directive. TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements and that are unable to gain funding from other sources.  (Consult the UC Policy Guidelines for Sustainable Practices for more information)
  • All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed.  At minimum, a project plan must include a report made to the Grant-Making Committee after implementation.  If a project is expected to have on-going benefits such as annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and reporting these benefits back to the Grant-Making Committee.
  • Projects must have publicity, education, and outreach considerations.
  • Priority will be given to collaborative educational projects, projects done by two or more UCI organizations.
  • Preference will be given to projects which demonstrate the largest positive environmental impact per dollar spent, as well as to projects that generate cost savings which can be used to repay the Fund.
  • Projects will have received all necessary approvals prior to consideration. Projects submitting applications without submitting Completed Approval Forms will not receive funding.
  • All projects must have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been disbursed.
  • Projects which have student involvement will be given preference.

Project Preferences

  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Irvine’s environmental impact for the least cost.
  • Preference will be given to projects with strong student involvement.
  • Preference will be given to projects that are able to repay the funds or obtain matching funds.

Project Deadlines 2013-2014

Completed applications must be emailed in PDF format to tgif@asuci.uci.edu by MIDNIGHT for each of the deadlines; please put the name of your project in the subject line.  Questions or comments may be directed to the Sustainability Commissioner, Nikki Larson, at tgif@asuci.uci.edu

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Week 2 (10/11/13) Week 2 (1/17/14) Week 2 (4/11/14)
Week 5 (11/1/13) Week 5 (2/7/14) Week 5 (5/2/14)
Week 8 (11/22/13) Week 8 (2/28/14) Week 8 (5/23/14)

The final deadline of the quarter has passed, we are no longer accepting project applications.

Past Projects

TGIF Approved Projects 2013-2014

Spring Quarter:

4/2/14 – My Sustainability Pathway ($1,200.00)
Theta Psi, GSRC, Powersave, PASS and Calpirg collaborated to bring together an event that introduced students to future careers in sustainability as well as showcasing the various eco-friendly clubs on campus. TGIF funded their promotional items: mugs, notebooks, pens and food.

4/9/14 – GUSH Elections/Launch Event ($2,250.00)
The Government of Undergraduate Student Housing held an ink recycling drive parallel to their ongoing election for their new board to promote the different opportunities students could integrate sustainable practices into their lives. TGIF funded t-shirts for their event.

4/9/14 – Water Around the World ($1,000.00)
The Muslim Student Union boothed a week on campus to inform students of water scarcity problems around the world and in the local community. To emphasize  this important point they gave out TGIF sponsored water canteens to also help reduce the amount of plastic bottles on campus.

4/16/14 – DIY Desert Terrariums ($192.80)
DIY Arts and Crafts club held a TGIF sponsored workshop to show students how to make terrariums using native plants and succulents.
4/16/14 – Pause for a Cause Contest ($3,375.00)
Pause for a Cause is a video contest that encourages students to create videos that show the benefits to a tobacco free lifestyle. TGIF sponsored their promotional items: t-shirts, drawstring tote bags and sunglasses.

4/23/14 -Flying Samaritans Annual Banquet ($2,000.00)
UCI Flying Samaritans held their annual end of year banquet that aimed to raise money for their clinic in Mexico. The banquet included  all sustainable cutlery and sustainable produced food.
4/23/14 – TEDxUCIrvine ‘14 Main Conference | The Adventure of Discovery ($5,528.00):
TEDxUCIrvine held their Adventure of Discovery series this year at CalIT2, a green building on campus that hosted speakers that spoke on topics ranging from sustainability to other research fields. This gave students the opportunity to look into different fields and careers to open their perspectives to a wide variety of interests. TGIF helped sponsor the event through reserving the space, buying tote bags and other green giveaways.

4/30/14 – Stroke Awareness Picnic ($4,657.65): DESCRIPTION
TGIF funded a picnic with stroke attendees in the community and UCI students through buying greenware, water bottles and sustainable catering.
4/30/14 – Climatepedia ($2,280.00): DESCRIPTION
Climatepedia is a new on campus organization that in partnership with TGIF,  recently launched a website that serves to inform students on the health of the global and local climate as well as offer tips to students on how to improve their lifestyle to help lower their carbon footprint.

5/7/14 – Pre-Dental Society Banquet  ($980.00)
UCI’s Pre-Dental Society hosted their annual year-end banquet this spring, which TGIF helped sponsor through proving sustainable utensils and catering.

5/7/14 – Zotcade ($1,070.05)
Zotcade is the largest annual LAN gaming festival that takes place on the UC Irvine campus. To make this technologically surging event more energy efficient, TGIF helped fund this event through the purchase of long lasting ethernet cables, power strips and t-shirts to give away at the event.

5/7/14 – Film Screening – TINY: A Story About Living Small ($200.00)
TINY is a film focused on the positive environmental impacts of downsizing and not only the possibility of a smaller living space but the comforts of a quainter home. This film had a showing on campus for students to be exposed to this sustainable alternative way of living.

5/21/14 – Hydration Stations for Campus Village ($8,000.00)
This year, TGIF has funded the addition of two hydration stations in the Campus Village housing community to bring fresh filtered water to students in the efforts to reduce plastic water bottle usage.

5/21/14 – Recycling Waste for 3D Printer Filament ($4,049.00)
The 3D Printing Club on campus has partnered with TGIF to bring a 3D printer to campus to foster the innovation of finding alternative materials to use as filaments for this 3D printer. Possible sources include plastic bags, water bottles and plastic cutlery to re-use as materials.

5/28/14 – SISL Merchandise Design & Contest ($550.00)
The Summer Institute for Sustainability Leadership has initiated an annual art contest for students to design and vote on the SISL logo to be seen on tote bags and t-shirts. TGIF has sponsored this summers t-shirts and tote bags.

5/28/14 – Celebrando Nuestros Exitos: VELA’s 1st Annual Banquet ($233.00)
VELA hosted their annual year-end banquet which TGIF funded sustainable cutlery, centerpieces, tablecloths and napkins.

5/28/14 – Powersave Campus Water Battle Competition: Middle Earth ($1,700.00)
Powersave hosts an annual water battle in the Middle Earth housing community. They challenge the students to use less water for a week to emphasize the importance of conservation of water. TGIF funded sustainable t-shirts to be given away at the event.

5/28/14 – Zero Waste Plan ($39,616.00)
Zero waste bins that separate trash between compost, landfill and recycling will be placed in various location around the Bren Events Center and Cicerone Baseball Field. These bins will educate students on waste diversion as well as decrease the amount of trash that is directed to the local landfill.

6/4/14 – Sustainable Orientation Totes ($11,200.00): DESCRIPTION
TGIF has partnered with Student Life and Leadership to provide all newly incoming students with sustainable tote bags upon their arrival to campus during the summer for their orientation programs, an initiative with the hope of reducing their carbon footprint as past years students have been given plastic bags.

TOTAL AWARDED (SPRING): $90,352.74

YEARLY TOTAL AWARDED: $147,669.95

Winter Quarter:

1/29/14 – Care-a-Thon ($3,800.00): Care-A-Thon is a student initiated and student run, 6-hour dance marathon that raises money for the UC Irvine Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This year, TGIF funded 400 sustainable cotton t-shirts with educational tags that informed attendees of the benefits of organic alternatives, 100 reusable water bottles as well as providing sustainably grown food at the event.

1/29/14 – E-Week Sustainable Souvenirs ($3,200.00): E-Week is an annual week-long event hosted by the Engineering Student Council that includes a BBQ, Dean’s Breakfast and student/faculty sports games among other things to involve and inform the UCI community of the engineering initiatives on campus. TGIF funded the 300 sustainable t-shirts and 300 reusable water bottles that were given away over the course of the week.

1/29/14 – V-Day UCI 2014 ($3,600.00): V-Day UCI is an annual production that is put on to fundraise for UCI’s Care Department. This year LED lighting, recyclable posters, paper and tickets were used to create a more environmentally conscious event.

2/5/14 – National Public Health Week ($1,780.00): Public Health Week was a week long recycling drive hosted by the Public Health Association which allowed students on campus to trade in their water bottles and plastic bags for 130 reusable water canteens and 250 canvas tote bags that TGIF provided. This was an opportunity for students to learn about the negative effects of plastic and the environmentally friendly alternatives available.

2/12/14 – Relay for Life 2014 ($3,700.00): Relay for Life is a 24-hour fundraising event that for cancer awareness, cancer prevention, advocacy efforts and patient services. This year the event was made more sustainable through the use of composting bins and providing organic food to this years participants.

2/12/14 – CORE Goes Green ($833.41):  CORE is an on campus consulting group that is a resource for all clubs on campus. In an effort to become more sustainable TGIF funded 1000 bamboo pens that CORE will be giving away when boothing on Ring Road as well as at their various workshops and events.

2/19/14 – Kenya Dance ($5,238.00): Kenya Dance is a charity dance showcase that supports Kenya Dream, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in Kenya. TGIF helped sponsor the event in part through providing sustainable cotton t-shirts as well as LED lighting for the show.

3/5/14 – Ciclavia ($600.00): Ciclavia is a 6 mile long bike ride along Wilshire Blvd. an L.A. biking event which encourages healthy living and carless transportation. Ride on Anteaters members will be given eco-friendly shirts to be worn at the event.

3/5/14 – Honduras Care Package and Sustainable Engineering Blogs ($162.00): Global Brigades is an on campus organization that sends students around the world to study and assist the local communities in different areas of interest such as engineering and environmental studies. This year, 15 students traveled to Honduras to design and build sustainable water systems for the locals. TGIF funded care packages of shampoo and conditioner bottles and gloves to the students abroad.

3/5/14 – Black Soldier Fly Compost Bin ($330.00): TGIF funded an honors thesis project that will research the feasibility of integrating composting bins with black solider fly larvae to create a self sustaining feeding and fertilizing system with aquaponics system in the AV garden. The compost bins will use the waste from the aquaponics project to feed the system. 

3/5/14 – Anteaters in Action – Green is the New Black: Crafts for Kids ($1,300.00): ASUCI is partnering with on campus organizations to host a community service event to not only teach young children about sustainability through green crafts but to also educate the students themselves on recycling and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Anteater Shuttles will be used to transport students to the event to promote commuting and sustainable t-shirts will be given away to students. 

3/12/14- UCI CKI Dance-A-Thon ($800.00):  UCI’s CKI is hosting "UCI CKI Dance-a-thon, a night of dancing to fundraise for the Pediatric Trauma Prevention. TGIF will be giving sustainable t-shirts away to promote this benefit event. 

TOTAL AWARDED (WINTER): $24,543.41

Fall Quarter:

8/20/13 – Late Night at the ARC ($4,100): Late Night at the ARC is an annual welcome week event that includes exercise and cooking demonstrations, sports tournaments, rock climbing, and giveaways. This year, as part of a sustainable series of events at the ARC, TGIF funded 500 recycled organic t-shirts for their event, as well as accompanying educational flyers about their commitment to sustainability and the environmental impact of a cotton t-shirt.

10/30/13 – Guide to Shopping Green / Green and Fit ($1,163.20): This event hosted a workshop open to all UCI undergrads, educating them on the alternative use of re-usable shopping bags and aluminum water bottles. 80 water bottles and 60 shopping bags were supplied for the event as giveaways.

11/6/13 – Real Food Challenge Education Series: Food Insecurity in Orange County ($793.81): Real Food Challenge, in collaboration with Theta Psi and the OC Food Access Coalition, hosted a documentary screening of A Place at the Table with an accompanying panel discussion. This event aimed to raise awareness and educate UCI students on a local issue – food insecurity in Orange County, and the efforts being done to solve it. TGIF funded the screening rights for the film, sustainable food for the event, and 60 t-shirts featuring the RFC and TGIF logo. The 60 t-shirts were given away to the first students who signed up for Harvest Club, RFC’s email list, and attended the event.

11/13/13 – Brown Bag Theater Company Presents ‘Yerma’ ($2,582.00): “Yerma” is Brown Bag Theater company’s first full-length production and they aimed to set a precedent of sustainability for both future productions and for their peers in the drama department. The theater company collaborated with TGIF and received funding for 36 printed organic shirts for their company, MDF and recycled wood material for set design, thrift store costumes, sustainable programs, and sustainable local foods and utensils for the reception. The play will be performed for the UCI community during week 6 of Spring Quarter.

11/13/13 – UCI Club Soccer: Kickin’ Green ($1,258.80): UCI Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer teams are going green this year – with sustainable recycled organic cotton uniforms, t-shirts funded by TGIF, and the use of team aluminum re-usable water canteens, also funded by TGIF. Club Soccer boothed on Ring Road informing students of their club’s efforts toward sustainability and their goals of combining fun with health and fitness.

11/26/13 – Costa Rica Symposium (UC Irvine Global Sustainability Exploration and Cultural Immersion Program)     ($5,650.00): This program selects 18 students and 2 staff members to travel to Costa Rica for 1 week over spring break, where they will stay at an environmental learning center, then engage in 2 homestays, and 2 explorational days – the learning focuses of the trip being tropical ecology, sustainable farming, reforestation, ecotourism, sustainable development, and more. Prior to the trip, participants engage in a 2-4 unit course in which they propose research topics to explore on the trip. Upon returning in spring quarter, the program has collaborated with TGIF to host an open symposium, educating UCI students on participants experience, and sharing their research projects.

11/26/13 – Light Up the Streets ($600.00): Ride On Anteaters, a new bike club at UCI, received funding for 15 USB rechargeable head and tail bike lights, for use by their members on night rides. The club aims to advocate bike use as a sustainable means of transportation and educate students on the biking resources available to them.

11/26/13 – Hydration Station – AIRB ($3,330.69): One water refilling station will be built on the first floor of AIRB at UCI, with collaboration of UCI Facilities Management. The implementation of hydration stations contributes to UCI’s waste diversion rate, sustainable water management, and promotes use of re-fillable water bottles on campus while providing a convenience to students. Campus hydration stations have already saved thousands of plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.

11/26/13 – Lights for Bikes ($1,716): Bike Club at UCI received funding for 39 front bike lights and 39 rear bike lights. Bike Club aims to advocate bike use as a sustainable means of transportation and educate students on the biking resources available to them. Lights will be used by club members and participants at biking events and around campus – they are rechargeable and therefore multi-use.

12/4/13 – Aquaponics ($10,000):  The Aquaponics project exemplifies a self-sustaining food-production system, combining aquaculture with hydroponics – virtually the definition of sustainability. In short, the system begins with nitrogen excretion-rich water from an aquaculture system (tilapia fish tank) being fed to a hydroponic plant system where the water nourishes and fertilizes a plant/vegetable bed. The water drainage from the plant bed is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system, and the system continues. Once built, the system will be maintained by the group, the food and fish produced will be available to students,  and the infrastructure will be used as an educational resource open to the UCI community and public for visitation.

12/4/13 – Experimental Testing of Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Efficiency and Durability ($1,538.80): The Fuel Cell Project is a mechanical engineering senior design project, experimentally assessing the performance of a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) under accelerated stress testing and various operational temperatures. Fuel cell research has been going on in the UCI engineering community for many years now, and aims to improve on the modern efficiency, maintenance and handling of hydrogen fuel cells, furthering sustainability by improving alternative energy sources.

 

TOTAL AWARDED (FALL): $32,733.30

Anteater’s Ink-Recycling Program ($70.00)
Ballet Folklorico de UCI Spring 
($5,720.00)
Concrete Canoe 
($825.00)
Hydration Stations Mesa Court 
($4,200.00)
Hydration Stations Student Center 
($ 3,828.00)
Zot Trot 
($5,005.00)
Keith McHenry’s “Tour to End World Poverty” 
($1,650.00)
Integrative Medicine Week 
($3,391.38)
Solar Stage Wayzgoose 
($ 2,500.00)
21st Annual Lu’au 
($400.00)
DIY Craft and Arts 
($86.00)
Kenya Dance SoCal 2012 
($5,000.00)
Mini-Terrarium 
($179.00)
Pause for a Cause 
($1,071.05)
Queer Cultural Festival
Research Social and Enginneering Week Expenses 
($50.00)
Hydration Station Expansion 
($17,682.69)
TEDxUCIrvine 
($120.00)
Ants in Your Plants Garden: Real Food Challenge ($31,970.00)
Computer Virtualization: New University ($20,000.00)
3 Food Documentary Screenings: Real Food Challenge ($1,440.00)
3 Hydration Stations: An Vinh Tran ($15,138.56)
Anteater For Israel Compost Plates: Anteaters for Israel ($1208.80)
Balloons for Rally Alley: AS Student Services ($169.32)
Clean Air Claire: Claire Trevor School of the Arts Representative ($3,015.74)
Concrete Canoe: American Society of Civil Engineering ($2,000.00)
DIY Sweatshirt Laptop Case: DIY ($480.00)
Farmer’s Market: ASUCI Farmers’ Market Coordinator ($1,500.00)
Flying Sam’s Banquet: Flying Sam’s ($2250.00)
Giant Potluck:  Real Food Challenge ($294.00)
Green Laces: ASUCI Office of the President/UCI Athletics ($3,588.75)
Nowruz SIG: Society of Iranian Graduate Students ($815.62)
Public Health Association Week: UCI Public Health Association ($ 4,608.00)
Anteater Express Saturday Shuttle Route: Anteater Express  ($21,209.00)
Solar Cell Workshop 40 Cells: DIY ($368.25)
TAO Utensils Project: Taiwanese American Organization ($7,000.00)
The Vine Green Edition: The ‘Vine ($1,176.56)
Think Pink Think Green: UCI Athletics ($7,000.00)
Transit Week Expenses: Transit Advocates, UCI ($178.00)
UCLA Green Jobs Fair: Green Campus Program ($2,240.00)
Wayzgooze Solar Stage: ASUCI Student Services ($6,600.00)

Anteaters in Action – Skyla Zhang (ASUCI) $2,110.00

Anteaters in Action is a newly created community service commission under ASUCI in 2012-2013 academic year.. This commission seeks to increase student participation by providing students with various community service opportunities while using sustainable transportation.They collaborate with on and off-campus organizations to create large volunteer events that target medical and sustainability issues. Successful events include the Beach Clean up event held on November 4th, 2012. TGIF decided to fund the transportation portion of AIA service events for its sustainability value.

Pocket Ecosystems – Nicholas LaJeunesse $400.00

Pocket Ecosystems was a workshop event held on campus that taught students on how to repurpose commonly disposed materials like lightbulbs, jars, and bottles while introducing the concept of self-sustainability. It accomplished this goal this by encouraging hands-on work to create a self sustaining ecosystem. The request of necessary materials needs to educate students on self-sustainability was granted by TGIF.

UCI Race Car Engineering Formula SAE Electric – Sharango Kundu $7,500.00

Formula SAE is a competition that promotes excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE allows students to apply textbook theories to real work experiences. The UCI Race Car Engineering team utilized this opportunity to build a highly competitive all-electric car for the 2013 Energy Invitational. The students designed, engineered, built, and tested the racecar throughout the year. TGIF granted funding for the components of the race car that stressed its sustainability factor in competitions.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas – Derek Campfield $500.00

As a campaign of the UCI chapter of CALPIRG, this event engaged in actively distributing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to students for use in their housing on-campus. Administration of energy use surveys provided information for the various energy efficiency habits of UCI students as a way to better understand what kind of outreach and education campaigns should be featured in the future. CFLs wrapped in traditional holiday colors were distributed to encourage energy efficiency in residence.

DIY – Green Knitting – Alison Vu
DIY – Planting and Pot Decorating –

DIY Craft and Art launched a creative workshop in which participants decorated a clay pot and saucer, and plant a vegetable or herb seed. The pots were decorated with soy-based paint, or chalkboard paint. Attendees were able to write what they have planted & care instructions in chalk on the pot itself.
This workshop sought to increase the amount of plants and biodiversity at UCI – beneficial ones like certain vegetables and herbs that can be consumed, unlike lawns or bushes. We will be providing attendees the tools to plant organic plants they would otherwise not have access to. By sharing information on what is being planted, the care required for the plants, and how the plants can be consumed, attendees were educated on organic gardening and plant care, with materials provided through TGIF grants.

Ink Recycling – Mira Lowenstein $ 48.00
Think Pink – Simi Rai

The overall purpose of the Think Pink project was to raise awareness and educate preventive
breast care. Along with UCI Athletics, pink t-shirts were chosen to highlight the breast cancer awareness, as well as selecting t-shirts that were produced sustainably. TGIF assisted in the distribution of these sustainable t-shirts in an effort to not only educate about breast cancer, but also the need for sustainable, organic clothing free of typical chemical production.

Zot Trot – Sasha Richey $400.00

Zot Trot hosted a sprint triathlon and 5K run race, which aimed to encourage healthy lifestyles and sustainable planning of sporting events. The run course highlighted the sustainable works present on campus, boosting participants’ value of our local environment. TGIF helped by funding bike racks for the race, which further promotes sustainable means of transportation.

Costa Rica Program – Emily McVey $4,200.00

The Costa Rica project immerses UCI students in the Costa Rican community for the purposes of learning about global sustainability from a new perspective. The goal of this program is to increase students’ knowledge, awareness and understanding of global sustainability issues and bring back what they have learned within the UCI community. TGIF has sponsored the presentation equipment, sustainably catered food, and location of where the research symposium will take place.

Ken-Ya Sing – Ronnie Han

Ken-Ya Sing showcased a charity concert whose funds go toward improving the quality of educational facilities in Kenya. This project took a step further by making the event as environmentally friendly as possible through sustainable giveaway items and increased use of recycling bins. TGIF facilitated their efforts by funding bamboo t-shirts and reusable water bottles.

Relay for Life – College Against Cancer $2,768.17

Relay for Life is a 24-hour fundraiser dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and prevention, advocacy efforts, and patient services. Due to its 24-hour duration, an overflowing amount of waste is expected. In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, TGIF funded reusable water bottles, hydration stations and locally sourced produce for the event.

TAO Utensils Project – Victoria Lee $500.00
Pause for a Cause – Kazuya Shiba $1,082.60

Pause for a Cause carried out a YouTube Tobacco Awareness Contest in order to promote a healthier campus environment. Students competed to film a public service announcement advocating campus smoking policies and the negative effects of smoking on the environment and human body. TGIF funded the materials utilized for the launch party: cash prizes, projector, screen, microphones, t-shirts, and sustainable refreshments.

TEDx UC Irvine – Derek Wong $3,623.70

TEDx UC Irvine was a locally organized event hosting well-known speakers in conferences dedicated to this past year’s theme “Collaborating Forward.” The goal of TEDxUC Irvine was to create global dialogue and engagement within ones community, showcasing the community’s dedication and contribution to problem solving and creativity for the future. The conference addressed making sustainable choices by implementing recyclable and organic giveaway items, as well as introducing more recycling bins at the event. TGIF took part in this event by funding reusable canteens, recycled paper name tags, and organic t-shirts.

Alpha Phi Omega Section 2 Conference – Nancy Chen Yu $971.00

Alpha Phi Omega hosted their leadership conference on campus, which presented workshops regarding sustainability, guest speakers talking about today’s environmental issues, and a community service event bringing awareness toward these issues. The organization worked with Facilities Management to implement landfill, recycling, and compost bins at the event and handed out giveaway items such as reusable water bottles to reduce use of plastic bottles. TGIF assisted in the funding of aluminum water bottles for this event.

Community Service Fair – Camille Imbo $1,283.40

Mesa Irrigation Retrofit – Jaimie Wan $12,350.00

The Irrigation Retrofit project selected the Mesa Court sprinkler system to have higher efficiency irrigation nozzles in an effort to reduce water usage on one of its largest turf areas in Student Housing. Students were able to participate in this event as well by attending workshops teaching the importance of water conservation in landscaping as well as offering hands-on experience for student volunteers to be involved in irrigation audits. TGIF contributed to the applicant’s request to fund half of project’s total cost, which went toward the nozzles, sprinkler bodies and materials for the workshop.

National Public Health Week Recycling Drive & Bottle Exchange Prog – Marcel Flores $2,111.52

The National Public Health Week Recycling Drive and Bottle Exchange Program held a bottle recycling competition and handed out stainless steel water bottles in exchange as incentive. This event raised awareness for sustainability, promoted recycling, and showed the negative environmental impacts of plastic. TGIF assisted this project by funding stainless steel water bottles.

Hydration Stations Hillside Halls Mesa Court – Abraham Kou $40,000.00

The Hydration Stations in Unit 4 Hillside Halls in Mesa Court project installed hydration stations in 4 locations of the Unit 4 Hillside halls in an effort to reduce the amount of recyclables used on campus and encouraging greater use of reusable water bottles. Further maintenance of hydration station and filter replacement will be handled by the Mesa Court Operations budget. TGIF assisted this project by funding the hydration stations and installation plumbing supplies.

Water Refilling Stations – Ngoc Luu $10,201.69

The Water Refilling Stations project installed hydration stations in two locations: Aldrich Hall 1st floor and the Education/Law School building. The goal was to install hydration stations so that faculty and staff are able to have free and easy access to drinking water not just on the main campus but also on the outer locations of campus. This reduces the need to purchase plastic bottles from outside vendors and decrease the demand for production of plastic by encouraging students and faculty to refill their containers. TGIF contributed to this project by funding the hydration stations at each location and water filters. Facilities Management has agreed to take care of future maintenance needs.

UC Irvine Global Sustainability Exploration and Cultural Immersion Program $500.00

This project reached out to the UCI student body and provided information on the importance of global sustainability and how to partake in sustainable practices on a daily basis. Posters were displayed in various housing communities on campus on how to recycle properly and an environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner making workshop was put on in Mesa Court and Middle Earth. TGIF contributed to this event by funding mason jars and banner for publicizing.

DIY Craft and Art: Green Knitting$212.65

DIY Craft and Art held a “green knitting” workshop that taught each attendee on how to knit using eco-friendly bamboo knitting needles with recycled or reclaimed yarn. They also provided a pamphlet on how to knit as well as green supplies to use for knitting – such as t-shirts, or plastic trash bags.This workshop addressed eco-consciousness in choosing craft supplies such as knitting needles and yarn TGIF facilitated by providing the materials budget that benefitted students in gaining new sustainable skills that can be applied creatively.

DIY Craft and Art: Mother’s Day with Mother Earth$141.00

This project was one of DIY Craft and Art’s biggest events put on to celebrate Mother’s Day and aimed to have it be as green as possible through usage of sustainable materials such as eco-fi felt (made from post consumer recycled bottles) and recycled cardstock. TGIF contributed to this project by funding eco-fi felt, dowels, brooch pins, and recycled card envelopes.

UC Irvine Global Sustainability Exploration and Cultural Immersion Program (Costa Rica)$600.00

The purpose of this project was to reach out to the UCI student body and provide information about the importance of global sustainability. A workshop was held in the freshmen community teaching students how to make sustainable shampoo and conditioner, which allowed individuals to participate in sustainable practices on a daily basis. TGIF assisted this project by funding mason jars and advertisement for the banner.

2012 Stroke Awareness Picnic$600.25

The Stroke Awareness Picnic project aimed to encourage sustainable living as well as promote stroke education and awareness through the usage of biodegradable utensils and purchase of local produce. The goal was to reduce the campus’ carbon footprint, inspire attendees to participate in sustainable practices and promote healthy eating habits. TGIF helped this project by funding spudware wrapped utensils (biodegradable utensils made of potatoes) and locally grown fruit.

Mesa Court Automatic Faucets$4,250.00

The Mesa Court Automatic Faucets project installed hands free faucets in several locations of Mesa Court in an effort to conserve water in the case that regular faucets would be accidentally left on, wasting water. The purpose was not only to save water but to prompt students to get involved in their community through the involvement of hall representatives within the project. TGIF contributed to this project by funding 10 automatic faucets in Mesa Court, which will be maintained by maintenance.

Human Powered Airplane at UCI$3,000.00

The goal of the Human Powered Airplane project was to build a plane that achieved flight solely through the use of natural human power by using as little material as possible and without the help of engines, motors, or fuel. This project dismisses the growing misconception that humans need to rely on fossil fuels for modes of transportation and pushes future engineers to discover new solutions that prevent the depletion of natural resources.

Sustainable Shower$3,920.00

The Sustainable Shower project installed UZLOW shower valves in every shower of Arroyo Vista in an effort to conserve water with just a flip of a switch. This project offers residents the opportunity to save water and expore them to more sustainable practices. TGIF contributed to this project by funding the UZLOW shower valves.

Pre-Dental Society Banquet 2013$232.00

The Pre-Dental Society Banquet put on an event where all materials used were to be reusable or recyclable so that nearly zero waste would be generated. The goal of this event was to create a greater awareness for environmental sustainability, not only to the members, but as well as the rest of the biological sciences community. TGIF assisted this project by funding compostable dinner plates and a sustainable option of food.

Let’s Pick It Up: UCI Campus Butt Cleanup (START cleanup)$250.00
Let’s Pick It Up: UCI Campus Butt Cleanup project helped raise awareness of the upcoming smoke-free policy in January 2014 by having volunteers help clean up the campus and collect cigarette butts and in return receive rewards for their work. This project aimed to reduce the ecological burden of cigarette litter on soil and decrease health hazards to maintenance staff. TGIF helped by funding sustainable t-shirts to be given out to the first 20 volunteer participants and gift cards as giveaway items.


Commissioner Meeting Agendas

Commissioner Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Job Descriptions

TGIF Job Descriptions 2013-2014

Already a TGIF intern?

TGIF Intern Agreement 2013-2014

Projects are selected for funding by an annually appointed Grant Making Committee consisting of voting members comprised of five undergraduate representatives and nonvoting faculty and staff.

To Contact TGIF, E-Mail:  tgif@asuci.uci.edu

Below are the 2013-2014 TGIF Commissioners


Sustainability Commissioner: Nikki Larson
Major: Earth System Science B.S., Global Sustainability minor
Year: 3rd
Email: tgif@asuci.uci.edu
Ask NIKKI about potential sustainable project ideas and how TGIF can fund your projects and events on campus.

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Secretary Commissioner: Megan Tom
Major: Business Administration (Concentration: Accounting)
Minor: Psychology and Social Behavior
Year: 3rd
Email: mmtom@uci.edu
Ask MEGAN about project documentation, paperwork procedures, and meeting minutes.

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Marketing Commissioner: Lauren Jiang
Major: : Literary Journalism, Psychology and Social Behavior minor
Year: 2nd
Email: lcjiang@uci.edu
Ask LAUREN about publicity and marketing for TGIF.

Accounting Commissioner: Maricela Gonzalez
Major: Public Health Policy, Psychology minor
Year: 3rd
Email: mariceg2@uci.edu
Ask MARICELA about TGIF budgeting questions/concerns and purchasing/requisitioning of project materials.

External Affairs Commissioner: Position Vacant

Email:tgif@asuci.uci.edu

Ask TGIF about networking with various clubs, organizations, and campus administrative/faculty entities.

Non-Voting Members and Staff:
TGIF Grant Manager - Stephanie N. Van Ginkel
Administrative and Business Services Representative – Richard Demerjian 
Facilities Management Representative – Anne Krieghoff 
Graduate Student – TBD 
Faculty Member – Richard Matthew  
Administrative Affairs Vice President – Tony Tizcareno

Any award given by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) does not represent the views and/or opinion of the TGIF Funding Board, University of California, Irvine; Regents of the University of California, and/or its affiliates.

Get Involved!

Other than sending in a project application for funding, there are other ways to get involved with TGIF throughout the year.

Apply to be a TGIF intern!

TGIF Intern Applications are closed for the 2013-2014 year. Please read below for the Interns we do look for every year and apply in the Fall of 2014!

Each of the 5 commissioners (check out the Contact Us tab to find out more about us or to ask us commission-specific questions!) will choose approximately 2 interns each, based on the quantity and quality of applications received. Interns are elected on a yearly basis, and are not paid.
TGIF interns will be assigned duties specific to their commissioner, but will also participate in general activities like:

  • attending biweekly intern meetings
  • attending office hours for their commissioner
  • helping TGIF booth at events/on Ring Road at least 2 times per quarter
  • helping to advertise and spread the word about TGIF on campus (online, presentations to clubs, organizing TGIF events, etc.)
  • attending at least 2 TGIF funded events every quarter
  • discussing received project applications under review with commissioners
  • researching and sharing sustainability stories in the news
  • researching and sharing ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle

Apply to be a TGIF commissioner!

There are 5 commissioner positions available each year: Sustainability, Secretary, Marketing, Accounting, and External Affairs. These are voting board members, and are paid positions within ASUCI.
We will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 commissioner positions during spring quarter.

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Resources

Below you will find resources courtesy of TGIF that will help you learn more about sustainability!
Anteaters Go Green-A Guide to Sustainability Classes – Resources and Living at UCI