The Green Intiative Fund

The Green Initiative Fund, or TGIF for short, is an initiative to give students the opportunity to make an impact on UCSD's campus sustainability while also having the chance to create and implement a project from start to finish.

2018 Fall Applications are now closed. 

History

The Sustainability Referendum, passed in the Winter of 2009, allows for the use of undergraduate fees to be put into TGIF in order to enable and empower students to take an active role in making the UCSD community a leader in sustainable solutions.

Past recipients of TGIF have included students involved with campus gardens such as Ellie's Garden and the Solar Chill Project with Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW).

What kinds of projects?

The projects funded by TGIF are diverse in terms of scale, goals, and social justice issue, but they all have the same theme of sustainability. Some past projects have included expanding Ellie's Garden, the Solar Chill project, and renovations to the Outback Adventure shop on Library Walk.

Fast Track Funding

The Fast Track Funding TGIF application was created by the TGIF committee in order to fund projects that require less than $500. This funding option is ideally for projects that require less funding but also can be used for project maintenance throughout the year.

For Fast Track Applications:

  • Recipients are not required to present at the TGIF Symposium and Banquet at the end of the year, although they are encouraged to do so.
  • Applicants do not have to fill out the Education, Publicity, and Outreach portion of the application.
  • The rest of the criteria expressed in the Fall and Winter Funding Cycles are still upheld. Fast Track Applications are decided upon on a rolling basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is TGIF?

A: TGIF stands for The Green Initiative Fund and was created after a student referendum raised student fees roughly $1.60


Q: What can/cannot fund?

A: TGIF cannot fund, labor, travel, or events. Only materials for self-sustaining projects. Projects are intended to make UCSD more sustainable, whether environmentally, or socially.


Q: Who can apply?

A: Because these funds are allocated from undergraduate students fees, all projects must be rooted in undergraduate student involvement.


Q: When can I apply?

A: There are two funding cycles, one during Fall Quarter and one during Winter Quarter. Projects under $500 dollars are accepted on a rolling basis as part of our fast-track program. Refer to the Fast Track tab for the application.


Q: How can I access my funds if given a grant?

A: All funding is coordinated with the Student Life Business Office.


Q: How much funding is available?

A: The program is currently allocated $70,000 each year to be split between recipients.


Q: How much time to I have to complete my project?

A: Funds are available until the end of the school year. The last day funds can be accessed for the 2016-2017 school year will be determined at a later date. Ideally, projects should be completed in this year time frame.


Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A: The TGIF director at tgifucsd@gmail.com

Past Funded Projects

2014 - 2015

Project Title Funding Approved
The Algae Project $311.60
Waste to Energy $964.00
Sustainability & Education Projects (Roger’s Garden) $7,406.27
Cutting out the AC $850
Ambient Heat Engine $3,713
Biofuels Production/Analysis & Green Chemistry Research $4,255.40
Learning Landscape $742.95
Ellie’s Garden Expansion $1,819.00
Bottles to Models $7,696.19
Outback Adventures Energy & Waste Reduction $2,426
Study for Sustainability $2,556
UCSD Global Pavilion $6,011.75
Solar Chill $20,500

2013 - 2014

Project Title Funding Approved
Pepper Canyon Farm $800
Biofuels Research and Production $615
Waste to Energy $578
Solar Chill $6,000
Bringing Education to Roger’s Community Garden $8,560
Outback Adventures Rental Shop Washer/Dryer Retrofit $3,433.20

2012 - 2013

Project Title Funding Approved
Che Cafe Renovations $35,000
Preuss Composting Bins $650
Solar Slider V2 $1,424
ESW Waste to Energy $1,508
Reconfiguration of Second Life Batteries $2,781
Smart Garden $1,030
Ellie’s Garden Expansion $1,800
Solar RC Plane $486.07

Spring 2011 - 2012

Project Title Funding Approved
UCSD Disorientation Manual (New Indicator Collective) $1,500
Report on Privatization (New Indicator Collective) $1,765
Thailand Water and Energy Project-Irrigation (ESW) $613
Preuss Bottle Bench (ESW) $3,085
Biodiesel Refinery Project Pilot Plant (BAAN) $10,355.14
UCSD Outback Surf Shop Lighting Replacements (Green Campus) $2,700

Fall 2011 - 2012

Project Title Funding Approved
UC Box Art Project $2,000
Neighborhood Community Garden Compost Integration (ESW) $483.89
Thailand Purification Project (ESW) $493.86
Marshall Garden (ACT/SCORE) $7,876.50
Bottle Brick Bench (ESW) $1,800
Solar Shade (IDEA) $500
Biofuels Awareness and Action Network (BAAN) Refinery Plant $19,730.84
Thailand Bioenergy Project (ESW) $1,400
Aquaponics Project (ESW) $2,800
Books for Prisoners (Groundworks Books) $700

2010 - 2011

Project Title Funding Approved
Biofuels Awareness and Action Network (BAAN) Dry Wash Project $2,664.40
Coffee Diesel $896.50
Food Co-op Energy and Water Use Reduction $568.95
Formula Hybrid $34,700
Human Powered Vehicle $2,123.33
Neighborhood Community Garden $4,889.17
Sunshine Market Night Covers (Green Campus) $1,025.00
Thailand Irrigation Project (Engineers for a Sustainable World) $500
Thailand Purification Team (Engineers for a Sustainable World) $500
Smart Living at UCSD $400
Trash Can Art Beautification Project $2,300
UCSD Natural History Guide $412.20
W.O.R.M. Composting Bin $438.19
ReRev-ASUCSD/UCSP Athletics $7,500
Undergraduate Scientific Glass Blowing Workshop (BAAN) $1345.84
Shower Timers $988.35
Food Co-op Retrofit (UCSD Food Co-op) $1,160.50
Solar Charging Station (Engineers for a Sustainable World) [ESW] $1,424.00
Preuss Rain Barrel and Table (ESW) $500
Aquaponics Project (ESW) $700
Wastewater Treatment (Society of Structural Engineers) $169.88