Current Year Projects
September 2019 – June 2020
Bee Campus USA Affiliate Certification ($500.00) The Bee Campus USA application was funded as the first step to make UCI a bee-friendly campus. The assembled committee of students, faculty, administration, and facilities management representatives will be able to host educational events on campus and plant pollinator-friendly habitats in the Ants in Your Plants garden as well as on-campus to address the essential, direct role of bees in wildlife conservation, food production, and biodiversity.
Projects Affected by COVID-19
- 10 Seconds Closer to Zero Waste ($114.94) [Reallocated from original budget] An alternative Kahoot game event was hosted and quizzed participants about various sustainability facts. Prizes were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners to motivate implementing sustainable practices at home.
- Walk for Water ($1315.00) [Cancelled] This walk-a-thon was to be a fundraiser for club members of Global Engineering Brigades and Engineers Without Borders to ultimately establish eco-friendly, clean water systems in rural countries. Participants were to be provided with reusable tote bags, encouraged to act out sustainable water conservation practices during the walk, listen to various presentations along the route regarding water scarcity and plastic waste, as well as enter in a raffle.
- HyperXite ($5750.13) [Cancelled] HyperXite planned on designing, assembling, and proving the feasibility of the self-propelled Hyperloop pod concept through researching a variety of structures to accelerate the system’s development in addition to teaching undergraduates about transportation sustainability technology.
**Note: multiple projects were affected by COVID-19**
3D Printing Recycler ($1,700.00) The recycler enables students to test and produce 3D printing projects sustainability by gathering the would-be waste filament to be recycled and reused for future projects.
Walk for Water ($1,315.00) This event was to be held in Aldrich Park in order to fundraise donations for club members of Global Engineering Brigades and Engineers Without Borders to travel to rural countries where they would design water systems for accessible clean water sources.
Recycling and Landfill Bin Sets for the Athletic Department ($10,995.56) By bringing new landfill, recycle, and compost bins to the Athletic Department, informative signage into the locker rooms, and announcing that visitors at sports games should be mindful of their waste disposal, the proper waste diversion bins will be accessible and extend UCI’s landfill diversion particularly for the athletics program.
10 Seconds Closer to Zero Waste ($1,408.84) To accommodate to UCI undergraduate differing schedules, a program teaching all about composting will be held in Mesa Court, Middle Earth, Campus Village, and Arroyo Vista with pizza to encourage any undergraduate student to participate as well as green compostable bags to empower tangible actions, practically exemplifying compost practices and showing how zero waste can be achieved through simple, appropriate decisions.
Community Advocacy Fair ($710.00) This event gathered on-campus, advocacy clubs and organizations into an appealing, fruitful, sustainability-focused environment where students were able to effectively network, host seminars, collaborate and share knowledge about various social, climate, environmental, and planetary issues professionally.
HyperXite ($5,750.13) HyperXite is a smaller-scale research project, modeled after Elon Musks’ Hyperloop concept, which was engineering a scalable, self-propelled Hyperloop pod to illustrate to the student population the innovation’s feasibility of addressing transportation sustainability in the most efficient way possible.
Hunger, Over Easy ($511.69) The cooking competition aimed to utilize eco-friendly compostable utensils, eco-friendly clean-up supplies, an informational proper waste disposal booth, and raffle items to raise proceeds for Meals on Wheels Irvine while educating students about applying sustainable cooking-related choices – in addition, water and energy conservation techniques – which benefit health and reduce environmental impact.
UCI Solar Car ($9,979.16) The UCI Solar Car planned to construct an eco-friendly, efficient car by employing sustainable electrical systems with the goal of reaching the Energy Invitational where students can push academic boundaries for solar power applications in transportation and an overall more sustainable future.
Garden Restoration Series Part 2 ($588.37) Five raised garden beds were rebuilt for the Ants in Your Plants Garden through an educational program where students with any gardening experience could learn the tools and methods to construct an optimally sustainable, cost-effective garden which will yield organic produce for students to enjoy, further implementing sustainability around the campus.
MSU Fundraising Gala ($1,221.28) By highlighting the economic and environmental pillars of sustainability at the Gala, an event held every few years, past and current club members, as well as any student who was interested in the event, were able to practically enact the theme of “planting the seed for the next generation” through reducing environmental impact with rental dinnerware, getting a glimpse of the aesthetic and practical sustainable lifestyle choice aspects through the take-home greenery and seed packet giveaways.
Fall Sustainival 2019 ($4,473.00) This fair showed students fun and creative ways to better understand sustainability’s important role in protecting the earth as well as practices that can be applied to everyday life.
ZotPonics ($680.17) ZotPonics combined research and education to create an automated hydroponics system from scratch that reduces water, land, and energy resource for the on-campus farm, allows students to access fresh produce, and provides first-handed experience sustainable agriculture.
Digital Waste Bins ($2,511.85) To better guide students’ waste disposal decisions, Digital Waste Bins displays an interactive system above the three types of waste bins – landfill, compost, and recycle – to more easily understand proper waste sorting in BC’s Cavern.
HHAW Pledge for Sustainable Hygiene Kits for FRESH ($531.54) The Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was a collaborative event from various campus and community groups including ASUCI’s Anteaters in Action, Earthreps, the Sustainability Resource Center, and FRESH which raised student awareness for accessible resources and ways to get involved in the issue via film screenings, panel discussions, and free sustainable hygiene products to necessarily address food, housing, and resource insecurity with sustainability.
Ring Mall BigBelly Compost Bins ($10,804.91) By targeting students’ behavioral change for proper composting through the essential infrastructure of the BigBelly bins, compostable waste can be largely diverted from landfills as the availability of compost bins on Ring Mall motivate students to change their behavior and promote sustainable practices.
Engineering Conference at UCI ($9,744.03) This event provided students of all disciplines with an opportunity to act upon their future careers by developing innovative and sustainable ideas aimed to reduce the environmental footprints, additionally improving public speaking skills and receiving training from industry professionals. All profits were dedicated to developing under-resourced communities.
UCI Green Office Certification Program ($808.08) The establishment of this campus-wide program actively acknowledges offices and departments for their sustainable efforts and promotes conservation in the office environment by informing participants of the process, auditing for comprehensive success, and recommending actions to improve sustainable practices in the workplace as well as achieve a higher certification level.
Southwestern Pond Turtle Project ($1,289.50) Traps and gauges were constructed and implemented in the San Joaquin Marsh to continue research on monitoring water levels and identifying a count of the Southwestern Pond Turtle which is a candidate for listed as endangered, enabling researchers to better assess and attend to the marsh’s ecosystem health in addition to providing students with hands-on work experience at the visual workshops to participate in the trap building and data analysis.
September 2018 – June 2019
Left: Poster created for “Efficiencies in Technology in Dining Operations” project. Top to Bottom: Photos for Costa Rica Symposium, Earth Day Reusable straws, and Walk for Water
Efficiencies in Technology in Dining Operations Provide Ongoing Cost Savings and a Source of Renewable Energy ($3,915.15) Grease Guardian is an automatic grease removal device that will be installed under the wash up sink in Phoenix Grill. Grease Guardian serves as an effective interceptor to capture fat, oil and grease and prevent them from flowing to the sewage and blocking wastewater pipelines. Reduced waste in the sewer let UCI dining operations save money and energy on treating the wastewater, therefore significantly reducing carbon emission from wastewater treatment plants.
Wildlife Integration Network ($1,485.00) Trails cameras will be put in Econ preserve and San Joaquin Marsh to record wildlife living there. Pictures and videos are shared through Instagram account ucinature. Students and faculties will learn more about what types of animals occupy these highly urbanized areas and whether the species are becoming endangered. The project gives students a deeper understating of conservation area and land management.
CRP Symposium ($2,725.13) Students from Costa Rica Program will present their research projects that they completed in the spring break trip to Costa Rica. They learned about different social and environmental issues of the country and prepared project proposals to address the important issues, topics including water sample, ecotourism, and tropical rainforest. Students will share what they learn about sustainability during the trip with other UCI students through the symposium.
Earth Day Reusable Green Turtle Straws ($1060.00) ASUCI sustainability project members distributed free reusable straws at the booth on the Earth Day. Students participate sustainable-related activities at the booth and learn the importance of implementing sustainable practice in the daily life. Reusable straws help reduce plastic straws and promote UCI zero-waste goal.
Sustainable Artivism Fair ($1,240.92) Artivism Fair event is composed of two parts: guest speaker presentation about how to use social media to grow a brand, and sustainable artwork display. Trying to address mass consumption problem, they will give out free sustainable starter pack, such as reusable straws and reusable utensils. The event promotes a sustainable mode of living by encouraging participants to use more sustainable items in the daily life.
Circle K Banquet ($591.26) Circle K will be hosting a banquet to celebrate their yearly service to community and environment. The event practices sustainability by using compostable and biodegradable materials, such as utensils, cups, and napkins. At the event, Circle K will have a sustainable booth to share various topics of sustainability with attendees, such as energy and water conservation.
2019 Zero Waste and Sustainability Programming ($5556.64) Global Sustainability Resource Center (GSRC) will have a sustainable booth through the SPOP event which is an orientation for freshmen. At the booth, they will have sustainable activities, sustainable items giveaway, and related presentation. Incoming freshmen will be introduced to campus sustainable resources and involvement and understand better about UCI’s zero waste goal by 2020. The purpose of the program is to strengthen freshmen’s awareness of environmental issue and sustainability.
Recycling & Compost Bins at the School of Business ($7,905.89) The goal of the project is to put recycle trash bins and more compost trash bins in classroom, hallways, and study rooms of Paul Merage Business school because the business school currently does not have any recycling bins. Having recycle, compost, and landfill trash bins help students sort trash properly, leading to reduced waste. Recycling helps save the energy and reduce landfill.
Ex-Straw Ordinary Week ($4,800.00) ASUCI sustainability project commission partners with UCI dining to give out stainless reusable straws at different dining locations during the last week of school. This project aims to increase student’s accessibility to reusable straws and educate them the impact of reusable items via infographics. This project helps UCI reach the 2020 zero-waste goal.
Hunger, Over Easy ($294.00) Hunger, Over Easy is a funding event that helped raise money for Meals on Wheels America-Irvine by promoting environmental sustainability. Students are encouraged to participate in a cooking competition, booth activities, and attend sustainable workshops to learn more about water and food waste reduction.
GEBxEWB Second Annual Walk for Water Walk-a-thon ($832.45) Walk for Water is a fundraising event that promoted awareness about the lack of access to clean drinking water among developing countries. All the proceeds go towards their organization’s voluntary engineering project, which aims to design and implement a sustainable drinking water system in developing countries.
VRNaculars A Virtual Reality Climate Experience ($349.07) This event aims to educate students about climate change. The event has three main components: a climate change art gallery, a virtual reality showcase, and a discussion. Participants would have a deeper understanding of how climate change negatively affects people’s lives and then discuss what they can do to solve this problem. Sustainable, zero waste vegan food was provided during the event.
Dance for a Chance ($392.90) Dance for a Chance is a five-hour dance marathon hosted by UCI Circle K International, where they raise funds for Thomas House Family Shelter. Dance for a Chance features live performances, sustainable information booths, service booths, food and entertainment. Students will learn about different sustainable topics, such as non-reusable items, global warming, and pollution.
Bottle Filling Stations ($10585.10) Two new bottle filling stations will be installed in Gateway Study Center and Bio Sci 3, so students have easier access to fill up their water bottles with filtered water. Students are encouraged to use reusable water bottles to reduce use of plastic water bottles. Bottles filling stations come with a metering device that measures the usage of each hydration station, showing how water filling stations promote environmental sustainability.
Global Sustainability Educational Poster Presentation ($458.78) Students from global sustainability courses will do a poster presentation on different environmentally sustainable topics, such as sustainable landscaping, fossil fuel extraction, and climate change. Five different stations are available for participants to learn more about each topic. This presentation tries to reach larger student bodies who are not familiar with the sustainable filed by welcoming all different majors’ students to attend and learn.
Zot n Clothes ($168.87) Donation boxes have been placed in housing offices and various campus areas to collect donated clothes throughout the year. Collected clothes are given out for free every month through the pop-up thrift shop because this project encourages students to buy less new clothes. This project focuses on the environmental impacts of fashion industries, including carbon emissions, water consumption, and global pollution.
Solar Electric Bikes ($99.80) Engineers for a Sustainable World is working on building a solar–powered bicycle. This bicycle generates energy from pedaling and sunlight, and the energy will be used to power the bike to ride and to charge electronic devices. The project encourages students to use sustainable transportation with renewable energy, leading to a decrease in carbon dioxide emission.
UCI Bee Friendly Campus ($500.00) CALPIRG is running a campaign to get California to ban bee-killing pesticides since bees are important for pollinating our food and their numbers are decreasing. UCI campus is eligible to apply for Bee Campus Certification Program, leading to increased awareness of bees’ importance among UCI undergraduates. An annual awareness event, pollinator-friendly workshops, and sustainable gardens will be other forms to educate students.
Fall Sustainival ($1,193.56) This meaningful sustainability fair brought together various campus organizations and community partners to present students with sustainable practices they could implement into their daily life. Participants learned about sustainability by participating in interactive activities and completing indicated tasks.
Solar Electric Bicycle ($369.43) Solar electric bicycles incorporate the knowledge of sustainability and engineering, making bikes that generate electricity from solar power and mechanical power from pedaling. The specially designed bike has a solar panel, motor, and generator. People can use the bike electricity to charge their electronic devices as well. The bikes will be set up for demonstrations on campus.
Piezoelectric Mats ($581.38) Piezoelectric mats are innovative projects that create renewable electricity when people step on it. The generated electricity will be stored in the batteries, and people can use the power to charge electronic devices. The piezoelectric mats samples will be set up for demonstrations on campus.
Educational Message Panels on Big Belly Solar Bins ($4093.30) Message panels with interchangeable and recyclable posters will be installed on the big belly solar panels. Students will have updated information on how to sort waste and recyclable items properly through these panels. These panels will help increase awareness of recycling and improve campus sustainability.
Engineers for a Sustainable World Water Nozzle ($474.20) The water saving nozzle project aims to design improved nozzles that would reduce water usage on campus. Students will work together to create the most optimal prototype with 3D printing, ultimately working towards pitching the product to be installed on campus.
September 2017 – June 2018
ASUCI’s Reclaim Mental Health Conference 2018 ($1,484.28) While at the Reclaim Mental Health Conference, students will be able to learn from workshops, listen to keynote speakers and participate in interactive booths to explore the sector of mental health through social, cultural and biological lenses.
Dance for a Chance ($314.31) To merge work and play, Dance for a chance is a dance marathon events where funds are raised for the Thomas House Family Shelter. In the dance marathon, students will be able to learn about dance while learning about the importance of sustainability through an interactive reduce, reuse, recycle workshop.
Engineering conference at UCI ($780.00) The 3-day conference will provide engineering students with the space and resources to solve modern day engineering problems through debate, collaboration, and integration of sustainability in their design and practices. The conference emphasizes experiential learning while weaving sustainability into its solutions.
The secret ingredient is sustainability ($261.44) During the biking portion of this event, students will create a nutritious smoothie but will also learn about transportation costs for foods and why local foods are the best option to reduce transportation related emissions. Students will be tested through trivia or asked to pledge to change an aspect of their routine to be more sustainable.
The UC Irvine Costa Rica Program Symposium and Celebration ($3,929.00) While at the symposium, students will be able to learn about the research participants conducted during their time in the program. The learning outcomes of the program will be showcased through research posters and interactive booths to inspire students to carry the ideals of the program.
SISL 2018 ($1,141.54) SISL is a summer program where freshman and transfer students immerse themselves in a culture of sustainability led by their mentors. During the program, participants learn about the sustainability related resources available on campus, the sustainability leaders of UCI, and how to create an initiative within themselves to serve as sustainability leaders.
Piezoelectric Mat Project ($434.49) The Piezoelectric Mat project is geared towards creating a prototype of an energy harnessing mat to incite curiosity in student about how to harness renewable energy. The success of this project will serve the UCI community by providing emission free energy.
Sustainable Event Planning: Reusable Tableware for Residential Life on Campus ($321.57) The reusable tableware system is an on campus effort to reduce the quantity of plastic cutlery used during residential events between Mesa court, Middle Earth, Campus Village, and Arroyo Vista. Resident advisors can use a check out system to borrow the necessary materials and return them to the dining halls for proper cleaning.
Climatepedia Anteater Involvement Fair Sustainable Prizes ($250.80) The Climatepedia organization will set up a booth during the Anteater Involvement fair where students will be able to learn about climate change and win prizes. Students will engage in learning by answering trivia questions and demonstrating their knowledge about composting to win prizes that will integrate sustainability in their everyday lives.
UCI engineering conference at UCI ($857.00) Students who attend the conference will be able to integrate their knowledge of engineering and sustainable designs to tackle contemporary problems through collaboration and project implementation. During the conference, students will debate and vote on the best designs that incorporate efficiency and sustainability.
Local climate action panel: $672.56 – The panel brought students together with an event of a climate action-oriented art gallery, panel, and reception. Students were able to interact during the art gallery, participate to win prizes during the panel while listening to speakers from academia to business talk about their journey with climate action, and end the event with vegan friendly reception.
Bottle filling station at Croul Hall: $4,799.30 – In order to expand the refillable water stations around campus, this project focuses on expanding the number of water stations by installing one in Croul Hall. Implementation not only makes water more accessible, but, with said accessibility, it also incentivizes students to switch to a reusable water bottle.
Green room certification program: $101 – Undergraduate students in the UCI residential housing facilities participate in housing audits to determine how energy efficient their area is. By measuring daily lifestyle choices, residents will get exposure to their impact in order to implement sustainable lifestyle options
Delta Delta sigma: student run free health clinic: $253.85 – During their time at the clinic, student volunteers will learn about sustainable alternatives in the dentistry industry and the harmful impacts of traditional dentistry practices. The issues addressed range from water waste, toxic waste, biomedical waste, and general office waste.
TEDxUCIrvine 2018 Spring event “Domino Effect”: $160 – The TEDxUCIrvine event is one that brings speakers from different disciplines and backgrounds to contribute to the theme of the Domino effect. This event allows students to learn from sustainability speakers, just to narrow down a few, in order to incorporate their knowledge to create a change.
Airborne ESW: $389 – In this project, undergraduate student work intently in order to create an airborne wind system to better understand how to harness energy from the wind. The overall goal is to successfully execute the airborne wind system to possibly implement that method as part of the energy consumption on campus.
2017 Sustainability Fair ($1,674.04) – The first approved project of the year, the sustainability fair provided students the resources to reduce their carbon footprint, interact with sustainability oriented organizations, learn about waste diversion, and implement sustainable practices in their everyday lives!
2nd Annual Pre-Dental Day ($415.62) – During this event, students were exposed to the concept of green dentistry in order to encourage sustainable practices within the dentistry field. Keynote speakers touched on the topic of green dentistry and there was a booth at the event dedicated to teaching students about sustainability through interactive activities.
Green Public Art at Mesa Court ($15,131.21) – This project is intended to foster a collaboration between Mesa Court residents and students from the art school in order to divert plastic waste from the residence halls and display the usage of plastic through an art medium.
Sustainability Action Week ($134.77) – The Sustainability Action Week was a week-long event that informed students on various issues i.e. environmental justice, ethical consumerism, and various forms of recycling through interactive demonstrations and workshops.
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) at UCI ($460.00) – This project is aimed at developing water faucet nozzles that would improve water use efficiency by dispersing water through a mist. Students involved in this project will achieve this through prototype modifications in order to implement the nozzles throughout campus facilities.
September 2016 – June 2017
Coup de Comedy 2017 ($3,112.50) - This annual theatrical arts festival aimed to support
sustainability in all aspects of the event. For this event, a sustainable community of people
interested in comedy education promoted sustainable resources during the festival,
demonstrating a regard for the environment.
Succa for Succulents ($325.47) - For this program, students built their own terrariums while
learning to care for plants, the environment, and themselves. Through this they learned how their
actions can affect the environment, the people surrounding them, and themselves.
Theta Psi Sustainable Food Fair ($176.00) - Hosted by Theta Psi at UCI, the Bike Blender
Booth will took place on Thursday, April 20th of Earth Week during the Sustainable Foods Fair.
During this event, students were able to select their choice of fruits to blend into a smoothie.
Students will invested physical labor to powering the bike blender to blend their fruit smoothies.
Fashion Interest Group Upcycle ($450.09) – This fashion-centered event allowed students to
learn about sustainability within the fashion industry. There was a presentation about the harm of
fast fashion that included high CO2 emissions and water depletion.
College Sustainability Cookbook ($4,832.00) - Students received a small booklet of a
sustainability cookbook that had been designed for undergraduate students who are new to the
world of cooking. By combining this need for building cooking skills with sustainability,
students are be able to integrate sustainability into their everyday lives through food.
ASUCI – Ants in Your Pants Orchard ($1,271.39) - This orchard will provide the opportunity
for undergraduate students to become involved in the ASUCI Garden Commission and will
allow residents of AV Housing to learn about raising orchards. The project coordinators envision
that in future years, the produce of this orchard will be available for food insecure students that
are enrolled in SOAR Food Pantry program.
Paris Climate Panel ($986.26) - This event involved a panel of UCI professors who answered
students’ questions about both the Paris and Marrakech climate agreements. Sustainable
giveaways, such as solar-powered phone chargers, encouraged student participation and allowed
students to learn more about the steps needed to make their lifestyles more sustainable.
Solar Car ($5,433.48) - Students involved in this project will learn about how to build an
eco-friendly and efficient car using sustainable electricals systems such as solar panels. At the
end of the construction, students will participate in the American Solar Car Challenge along with
UCSD and UC Berkeley.
Dance for a Chance 2017 ($650.00) - A sustainability information booth was a part of this
charity fundraiser night, which involved educating students about how to turn everyday items
into reusable objects. Furthermore, students learned about the consequences of throwing away
disposable bags and bottles.
Wildflowers at the UCI Permaculture Research Area ($108.15) – In this project, students
participated in a workshop designed to teach students about permaculture and the use of
California native plants in a permaculture setting. Specifically, the workshop introduced students
to California wildflowers, their use in permaculture and how they are propagated properly.
Reuse Art Competition ($1,978.25) - In this project, the UCI Facilities Management
Sustainability Team participated during Earth Week and as a team held a Reuse Art Competition
with educational and DIY booths connected. UCI Students were able to compete in a reusable art
competition to display sustainability and reusability by using of waste as an art compliance.
Alternative Break ($2,926.61) - For this unique learning experience, students spent a few days
volunteering at La Jolla Indian Reservation in preparation for their Earth Day program and used
this service work to explore sustainability issues in terms of mental health and its relationship to
social justice and science through dialogue and literature.
Renewable 3D Printer ($9,900.00) – In this research intensive project, the topic of interest was
the generation of comingled plastic waste. Using 3D printing technology, this organization aims
to reduce the campus waste footprint to help UCI achieve its sustainability goals.
Public Health Week 2017 ($1,626.97) - This National Public Health Week program focused on
nutrition by incorporating public health issues as well as environmental health factors. This
program consisted of a recycling drive, in which students were be encouraged to recycle plastic
water bottles and received various prizes such as mason jars and reusable lunch bags.
Green Room Certification ($258.24) - In this program students learned the importance of what
it means to be sustainable in our society. Students learned how to reduce the amount of water
they use, how to reduce trash by recycling and sorting out waste, and how to reduce electricity
Relay for Life ($1,695.99) - Relay for Life, a 24-hour event for the fight against cancer,
provided water canteens for attendees to use to reduce the amount of landfill waste.
There was also a section during the event that involved an educational activity to teach attendees
about the benefits of organic food and allow them to try the food.
Take Back the Night ($845.00) - In this event highlighting awareness about sexual assault,
participants had the option to join a peaceful march around campus and win prizes by learning
and demonstrating knowledge provided by educational booths. Topics included self-defense,
eco-friendly self-care methods, and student resources in the community and at UC Irvine
Student Led Congress 2017 ($604.58) - The Student Led Congress Forum is a formal check-in
with participants of the Student Led Congress retreat that allowed for a meeting with key campus
partners.The students learned about organizations, departments, and clubs on campus that
aligned with the goals of the sustainability initiative.
Undergraduate Bicycle Education ($262.17) - This project educated about transportation, and
student understanding about the direct impact that their day-to-day transportation decisions have
on not only the global environment in terms of carbon emissions and pollution, but also locally
in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.
Waste Audits ($2,081.16) - The learning goal of this project is to help students learn more about
simple ways to transition into a more sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle. This
goal was achieved through Outreach Booths that provided reusable tote bags along with
information about the harmful effects of plastic consumption and plastic debris on the environment.
Seed Library ($1,142.00) - Through the seed library, all members of the UCI community will be
provided with the tools and resources needed to learn how to grow their own food, successfully
maintain their garden with the resources needed to do so. Some of these resources include a wide
variety of seeds, pots, soil, educational gardening books, and community gardening tools. As a
result of this project, students will learn to grow their own food whether they have access to a
garden plot or simply an indoor apartment space.
Engineers for a Sustainable World ($535.00) - This engineer-led project allowed students to
learn how to build an eco-friendly and efficient car as how solar panels are used to power the
electrical systems in their communities. As a result of this project students can use their
newfound knowledge of electrical solar systems to implement their own environmentally
friendly projects around campus.
Sustainability Fair ($1,263.07) - During this program, goals for students included
understanding a more holistic view of sustainability through different perspectives, the adoption
of sustainable practices into students’ own lives, and providing the tools and resources to help
students adapt more environmentally sustainable habits through exposure of different
organizations on campus that can continue to foster sustainable practices.
UCI Care-A-Thon 2017 ($7,993.00) - This annual event aims to raise funds for premature
babies at the UCI Medical Center. In addition to promoting the philanthropic goal of this event,
the Student Alumni Association hosts allowed this year’s event to be a platform upon which
sustainable practices were taught and promoted to attendees.
Costa Rica Symposium 2017 ($4,995.00) – Each year, the Costa Rica Research Symposium
allows student participants to create a series of events for undergraduates to learn about living
sustainably. Hosted by Student Housing, the event involved an evening of sustainability
celebration that showcased the best practices in sustainability education.
Fall 2016 Sustainability Fair ($692.00) – The first approved project of the year, the
Sustainability Fair allowed students the opportunity to learn about reducing their carbon
footprint, the importance of waste diversion, and water conversion! Sustainable practice
workshops were also a part of the event.
Students of Color Conference 2016 ($3,430.00) - During this event, students were allowed the
opportunity to share and learn about issues currently affecting students and communities of
color. They were also able to learn about how environmental justice intersects with racial justice,
and received knowledge and skills to stand against various forms of oppression.
Circle K Change Thru Games ($287.25) - This event, hosted by the Circle K Chapter of UCI,
was a 24-hour video game streaming event that involved participants playing various games for
charity while educating about how to live healthier and greener lifestyles.
AV Garden Greenhouse ($2,982.00) – For this ongoing project, students are able to learn about
sustainable farming and how to create the ideal environment for plant propagation. Students are
also able to work on their communication and garden-managing skills.
UCI PHA Summit ($5,000.50) - In that two-day event, students attended a conference that
explored the field of public health as it relates to community-level and global-scale issues
including environmental sustainability and disease prevention.
Hang in There ($263.46) - In partnership with the Active Minds at
UCI, a student club advocating for mental health, this project served as a creative and
educational program for students to educate themselves about the self-care options that are
available to them. Students spent time in nature while learning about the mental health
opportunities available to them.
8/1/2016 HyperXite ($22,617.00):Students in collaboration with the Henry Samueli School of
Engineering will be participating in a competition to build the most sustainable vehicle for
transportation. The project will involve constructing a prototypical transportation pod that runs on
solar energy and is green house gas free.
September 2015 – June 2016
4/4/16 Public Health Brigades ($1,038.29):The Public Health Association at UCI will be
participating in National Public Health Week, which will focus on bringing attention to disparities
in health and lifestyles. During the event, a recycle drive will be held to encourage students to
reduce their waste and educate them about proper waste disposal.
4/18/16 Earth Week Planting Session ($818.75):In this program, students will be learn about
Permaculture design principles for sustainable agriculture, and will help build the next phase in
the Native Food Forest at the UCI Arboretum by planting 50 native edible herbs, bushes, and
4/19/164/22/16 Earth Week 2016 ($464.00):During Earth Week, students will have the
opportunity to learn about gardening and plant species at the UCI arboretum. They will have the
opportunity to engage in various gardening activities at the A/V gardens, as well as attend
multiple environmental documentary screenings on campus. The goal of this project is to
educate students about multiple aspects of sustainability through a series of handson and
4/21/16 Pause For A Cause ($565.00):The Pause For A Cause project aims to educate
students about the effects of tobacco on health and the environment. Students will collaborate
to investigate the ramifications of tobacco on the environment, and will participate in discussions
involving social justice and environmental health.
4/23/16 Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life ($1,700.00):Relay for Life is a 24hour
fundraising event for the fight against cancer that aims to raise awareness about the disease.
The event will reduce plastic waste by providing its own water canteens to students to use
during the duration of the event. Compost bins will also be implemented to reduce the event’s
5/9/16 Student Housing Celebration and Costa Rica Symposium ($7,268.00): This event
will highlight new sustainability initiatives in Student Housing, such as composting and food
waste, that have taken place during the academic year. Furthermore, the Costa Rica Program
will also highlight the academic research conducted overseas through a research symposium,
which aims to inspire students to carry forward sustainable practices in their day to day lives.
5/9/16 5/20/16 Costa Rica Outreach Program ($640.0): The Costa Rica Outreach
participants are seeking to expand their outreach to upperclassmen by hosting a variety of
programs in higherlevel housing communities for their 5 year anniversary. The threepart
program will aim to educate students about sustainable cooking and energy conservation.
Students will have the opportunity to plant their own herb gardens in recycled tin cans and jars,
and participate in a cooking expo experience with a variety of sustainable recipes.
5/11/16-5/14/16 – Coup de Comedy ($584.00): The Coup de Comedy festival 2016 will implement sustainability by educating students about waste-reducing practices that can be used during the production of a large-scale event. Reusable items will be used in place of single-use items to encourage students to reduce waste and align themselves with UCI’s zero waste goal.
5/14/16 Sustainability in 3D Printing ($1,536.78):This project aims to educate students
about the potential of plastic reuse with a 3D printer. The demonstrative 3D writer will allow
participants to have a handson experience with sustainable manufacturing, as the project will
be taken to campus events throughout the school year.
5/14/16 TedxUCIrvine ($2,718.00): This daylong conference will bring together innovative
minds from UCI to celebrate the integral values shared by the Irvine community. The event will
strive to be the most sustainable Tedx that UCI has ever hosted by reducing waste,
encouraging recycling, and educating attendees about sustainability.
5/17/16 – Pre-Dental Society Banquet ($512.88): This end-of-the-year banquet for UCI’s Pre-Dental Society will have a focus on sustainability, as the event will serve as an outreach program to inform pre-dental students about “Green Dentistry”. The organization intends to educate members about water consumption and reducing waste in their day to day lives in addition to traditional dental practices. During the event, a green dentistry presentation will be made, incorporating iClickers and tips to live more sustainably. There will also be a terrarium workshop where students will be able to learn about drought resistant plants and plant their own succulents.
5/19/16-5/22/16 UCI Racecar Competition ($11,668.00): Students, in collaboration with the
Henry Samueli School of Engineering will participate in the UCI Racecar competition, scheduled
to occur spring quarter. Four vehicles, Baja, Delta, Electra, and Savage, will participate in a
distance competition that aims to stretch one dollars worth of fuel as much as possible.
5/23/16 – UCI Classroom Recycle Bin Improvement Project ($36,974.88): In accordance with the UCOP mandate of Zero Waste by 2020, this infrastructural change will take place within lecture halls and classrooms, and will encourage recycling to improve overall campus diversion. The standardized bin system will conduct a quarterly waste audit to determine recycling diversion rates, the results of which will be posted in a flyer above the bins in each lecture hall/classroom.
5/23/16 ConnecTableTM SolarPowered Electronic Device Charging Stations
($37,205.00): The charging stations of this project will expose and educate all UCI students and
faculty about source renewable energy, solar energy. Students will now have a renewable
option for electricity with cafestyle solarpowered electronic device charging stations in the
outdoor seating area on the Student Center terrace.
2/1/16 AirEaters ($1,913.89):Student organizers of this project aim to make students feel
engaged with the air they are breathing to encourage better understanding about the
importance of climate awareness. The group will be collecting air quality data with sensors from
various points on campus, and will be presenting their findings to the UCI community.
2/13/15 Khmer Student Coalition Conference ($771.05):This conference, hosted by UCI’s
Cambodian Awareness Organization, will focus on inspiring students to become influences for
positive change in their community. Throughout the event, students will be educated about how
to lead a more sustainable life.
2/15/16 Ecological Reserve ($13,257.47): The Ecological Reserve, located on campus, aims
to educate students about the local environment and promote outdoor exploration and exercise
activity. The new signs will be a resource for students to turn to to educate themselves about
the local agriculture.
2/21/16 MEChA de UCI ($1,830.00):Students will be participating in a one day conference
that aims to promote higher education. During the event, there will be a workshop to educate
students about food security in the hopes that they leave with a better understanding about the
importance of water conservation.
2/25/16 CareAThon ($4,203.00):UCI CareAThon is an annual philanthropic dance
marathon that benefits the UCI Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As one of the
largest studentled fundraisers on campus, the program has funded over $25,000 in the past.
The project also aims to encourage sustainable living by encouraging the use of reusable
materials to reduce consumption.
3/1/16 DIY Terrarium Workshop ($237.00): This project will allow students the opportunity to
participate in a handson experience that involves constructing their own mini terrariums. This
activity will serve to educate students about the importance of ecosystems.
3/9/16 Global Sustainability Educational Poster Session ($442.00):This event hopes to
educate students about the present challenges that society faces in regards to sustainability.
During the event, students will have their 10week research projects presented on posters
around Ring Road.
Spring Quarter 2016:
3/31/16 Concrete Canoe ($770.00): This researched based event will be a competition
involving the construction of canoes from recycled materials. The most efficient canoe, that is
built from the most sustainable materials, will be the winner.
10/20/15 UCI Aquaponics ($11,525.94):The solar aquaponics project at the UCI Arboretum
aims to build a sustainable urban agriculture system to demonstrate the various interdisciplinary
connections that underlie sustainability. This ongoing project will allow students to learn how
solar panels can be used for sustainable urban farming.
10/2/15 Fuel Cell Senior Design Project ($3,486.00):Students, in collaboration with the
Henry Samueli School of Engineering will be working on researchbased renewable energy
technologies in an attempt to offset the growing demand for electricity.
10/20/15 UCI Aquaponics ($11,525.94):The solar aquaponics project at the UCI Arboretum
aims to build a sustainable urban agriculture system to demonstrate the various interdisciplinary
connections that underlie sustainability. This ongoing project will allow students to learn how
solar panels can be used for sustainable urban farming.
11/15/15 Campus Beautification ($619.90):UC Irvine’s American Red Cross Club will be
hosting a campus cleanup to help beautify the university and to demonstrate to students that a
collective effort has the power to make a big difference in a community.
11/17/15 Climatepedia ($1432.64):Climatepedia, originally founded at UCLA, is a student run
organization that seeks to educate the general public about climate change. The organization is
currently in the process of constructing a userfriendly website that will serve as a resource for
interested individuals to come and learn about the implications of climate change. This year,
Climatepedia plans to host a variety of sustainability related events such as solar smoothie
giveaways, environmental documentary screenings, and faculty panels.
11/20/15 Circle K Change Thru Games ($214.55):Circle K at UCI will be hosting a unique
fundraiser for the Elimination Project that will involve a 24hour live stream of games and
engagements. Throughout the event, Circle K will encourage students to live sustainable with a
series of skits that promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
11/21/15 Inspire to Act GSRC Student Congress ($977.00):In collaboration with the Global
Sustainability Resource Center various organizations involved in promoting sustainability will be
joining together for a 3 day studentled congress to educate students about leadership skills and
taking action in the community.
Winter Quarter 2016:
September 2014 – June 2015
10/15/2014 – DIY Craft and Art: Harry Potter Wand Making Workshop ($75.32): This workshop hosted by DIY Craft andw Art and open to all students is a tutorial on how to make Harry Potter wands using eco-friendly materials. TGIF funded the Delta Soy Paint and Greenline Post-Recycled Paper for the wands.
10/29/2014 – Water Filtering Stations ($7770.92): The purpose of this project is to install three new water filtering stations funded by TGIF in the following locations: the 2nd floor of the Ayala Science Library, the Information and Computer Science Building 1 (ICS1), and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway. As with all oncampus water filtering stations, the goal is to encourage students to reduce plastic wastes from water bottles, thus further reducing UCI’s carbon footprint.
11/5/2014 – UC Irvine Costa Rica Program: Global Sustainability and Cultural Immersion ($4250.00): Each year, a team of sixteen UCI students and two staff members travel to Costa Rica to immerse themselves in an eco-friendly lifestyle (composting, sustainable farming, reforestation, etc.) at an environmental learning center. They pass on this educational experience to UC Irvine students every year by hosting a symposium which details their projects and stories. This year, TGIF funded food from the UCI Sustainable Catering Menu for the symposium, as well as the materials for a biodegradable shampoo workshop hosted in collaboration with Student Housing to improve student awareness of eco-friendly practices.
11/12/2014 – DIY Craft and Art: Photo Prints ($132.97): Another eco-friendly workshop hosted by DIY Craft and Art open to all students for the purpose of teaching them how to transfer photos onto canvas art boards. This workshop will utilize ecofriendly art supplies, as well as green alternatives to canvas prints.
11/19/2014 – Climatepedia ($335.80): Climatepedia is an on-campus branch of the UCLA organization which runs the website Climatepedia.org. The website’s purpose is to educate the public with reliable and up-to-date information regarding climate change gathered via in-depth research and communication with experts (especially professors) in the field. For the purposes of publicizing Climatepedia, TGIF funded club banners, 50 custom tote bags, 500 custom pins, and 500 stickers.
11/19/2014 – Art Lab – Sustainability ($250.00): The Art Lab’s Art Community Showcase incorporates creative avenues in keeping with this year’s theme, “Sustainability”. The showcase will allow students to participate in painting a community mural using eco-friendly materials, while informing students of green practices through trivia games and fliers made of seed-paper. For this project, TGIF funded the organic yarn and recycled fabric for the eco-friendly mural, as well as the seed-paper fliers.
11/25/2014 – Racecars – Delta ($487.50), Zeta ($2369.26), Epsilon ($1425.00), Baja ($2538.75), Savage ($1387.50): Each of these separately funded racecar projects started by the UCI Racing Club incorporates some aspect of sustainability. For example, Delta promotes lower gas emissions through its compressed natural gas (CNG) engine, while Zeta and Epsilon run on electric engines. Additionally, each car uses recycled parts in the building process. Upon completion, the projects and their sustainable features will be presented to the UCI student body, thus incorporating an educational component to the projects.
12/3/2014 – The Green Beans Project ($554.00): Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) holds a Coffee Hour every Friday, during which free coffee is given out to CHP students. By replacing the Styrofoam and plastic cups with 100 reusable, eco-friendly thermoses funded by TGIF, CHP promotes waste reduction.
12/3/2014 – Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference ($500.00): Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA) is hosting a conference to raise awareness to better understand the injustice of sweatshop labor. The conference also explores the importance of teaching students of sustainable economic practices and reducing material waste. For this event, TGIF is funding the organic Vietnamese sandwiches made by a local business that will be served to attendees.
12/3/2014 – Lambda Phi Nu: An Effort in Sustainable Marketing ($200.00): The business fraternity Lambda Phi Nu aims to promote sustainable marketing, especially during the process of recruiting new members. For this purpose, TGIF is funding a reusable banner that can replace wasteful marketing items such as fliers.
12/3/2014 – Brown Bag Theatre Presents “The Service Workers’ Project” ($6,928.25): The Brown Bag Theatre Company aims to showcase the rich Latin American culture by bringing together UCI service workers, students of Claire Trevor School of Arts, and the broader campus community. The production process of this play incorporates a combination of cultural and sustainable awareness. The service workers will be interviewed about their experiences as the project advances in order to recognize their hard work. Moreover, a talkback will be conducted between the audience and actors after performances to enhance campus community. Finally, eco-friendly practices are incorporated into the set and costume design. TGIF is funding the Brown Bag Theatre for green production materials ranging from low- VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint and energy-efficient lighting to costume materials (promoting reuse) and eco-friendly food served to the audience.
September 2013 – June 2014
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
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
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
September 2012 – June 2013
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.
September 2010 – June 2012
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)
Pause for a Cause ($1,071.05)
Queer Cultural Festival
Research Social and Enginneering Week Expenses ($50.00)
Hydration Station Expansion ($17,682.69)
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)
Green Public Art at Mesa Court ($15,131.21) – This project is intended to foster a collaboration between Mesa Court residents and students from the art school in order to divert plastic waste from the residence halls and display the usage of plastic through an art medium.
Winter Quarter 2018