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Student Involvement: The Green Initiative Fund

MISSION: The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) promotes sustainable development by providing necessary monetary resources to the UC Davis community. TGIF involves and educates students of all backgrounds by empowering them to develop, propose, and enact sustainable projects on campus.

TGIF IS SEEKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPLICANTS FOR 2018-19! Are you interested in participating on the TGIF Advisory Committee and helping to grant projects? Please apply by Monday, May 21, 2018, 5:00 PM. Download the application in MS Word document format, fill it out, save as a PDF, along with your resume, and return to the TGIF Grants Program Manager, J.C. Ross.

Photo: Student holds tray of plants in the sustainable garden located next to Segundo Dining Commons.

Sustainable gardens are an example of the many student-led projects that align with the mission of TGIF.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding that enables students to have a greater impact on sustainability within the UC Davis campus and the immediate region. The fund provides grants to projects that improve educational opportunities, promote environmental awareness, engage in sustainability research, advocate for climate and environmental justice, increase energy and water efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste created on campus.

TGIF funds are available to UC Davis students, faculty, and staff. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Staff, faculty, and graduate students may also submit proposals. Every proposal submitted for consideration must articulate the undergraduate student role in the project proposed for funding. Proposals that benefit undergraduate students will be prioritized.

Project proposals are selected for funding by the annually appointed TGIF Committee, which is composed of students, faculty, and staff. Students maintain a majority vote; the committee's voting members include five undergraduate students. These students are appointed to the Committee by an application process that consults with the current Committee members, the ASUCD President, the ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission, Campus Center for the Environment, the Office of Sustainability, and the Grants Program Manager. Non-student voting members include one staff member from Office of Sustainability and one faculty member nominated by the Academic Senate office. Non-voting assistance includes a representative from the Committee on Student Activities and Fees (COSAF), the Office of Sustainability's Grants Program Manager, and ASUCD staff. The Committee works with the Grants Program Manager to administer the fund.

An undergraduate student fee funds TGIF ($3.00 per quarter, beginning in fall 2016). Twenty-five percent returns to student aid. Student leaders created a successful campus campaign and the student body approved the fee referendum during the February 2016 elections. It received final approval by the Chancellor and UC Regents during summer 2016.

The Green Initiative Fund is managed within the Office of Sustainability in recognition of its central role in campus operations, academic projects, planning, design, and policy. TGIF outreach, proposal coordination, and grant management is managed by a staff member, paid 50% by TGIF funds. The Committee and Grants Program Manager regularly report to the ASUCD Senate and COSAF.

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