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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. As part of a higher education institution, TGIF will involve and educate students of all backgrounds by empowering them to develop, propose, and enact sustainable projects on campus.

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 aim of the Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is to provide 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 only to UC Davis affiliated 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 conceptualizing the project or program proposed for funding, and must describe the undergraduate student role in the implementation of a funded project or program. Proposals that benefit undergraduate students will be prioritized. Benefits to undergraduate students, and other benefits from the proposed project or program, should be described in the proposal.

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

 An undergraduate student fee ($3.00 per quarter), beginning in the fall of 2016, funds TGIF.  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 the summer of 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 manager regularly report to the ASUCD Senate and COSAF.

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