THE GREEN INITIATIVE FUND REFERENDUM

A mandatory student fee of $5 per semester has been proposed to raise funds for projects focused on
environmental sustainability at UC Berkeley. The funded projects would focus on:
• Minimizing UC Berkeley’s contribution to global climate change
• Conserving water, energy, and other resources
• Increasing UC Berkeley’s use of renewable energy from sources such as solar panels, wind power, and
biodiesel for campus vehicles
• Promoting local and organic food
• Educating the campus community about environmental sustainability
• Providing paid student internships
The funds will be managed by The Green Initiative Fund Grant Making Committee, under the ASUC-
Auxiliary. The Committee will award funds to projects proposed by students, faculty, and/or staff based on
the following guidelines:
1. Projects shall reduce UC Berkeley’s impact on the environment.
2. Projects shall have publicity, education and outreach components.
3. Projects shall have received all necessary written approval by appropriate campus officials prior to
consideration.
4. UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty are able to submit project proposals; individuals and
organizations outside of UC Berkeley are not.
5. TGIF will not fund projects already mandated by law or UC policy. TGIF will fund projects that go
above and beyond current legal or policy requirements.
6. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction of UC Berkeley’s impact
on the environment for the least cost.
7. Preference will be given to projects that are able to repay the fund.
8. Student participation should be encouraged.
The following mandatory fee will apply to all registered graduate and undergraduate students, and will be
governed by UC Berkeley’s standard schedule of refunds. The fee is subject to the following costs and
conditions:
• Collection of the fee will begin with Fall Semester 2007 at $5.00 per semester and continue at that rate
for three years, through Spring Semester 2010. The fee will be in effect for ten years, from Fall 2007
through Spring 2017. Students registering in the summer will be assessed a fee in the same amount as the
following Fall Semester, beginning with summer 2008.
• After Spring 2010, the fee will increase every three years to cover the cost of inflation and other
increases (including the cost of energy) in the following manner:
o 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 (Years 1 -3): $5.00 per semester
o 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 (Years 4-6): $5.50 per semester
o 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 (Years 7-10): $6.00 per semester
In accordance with campus policy, one-third of the Fee will be returned to financial aid to help offset the cost
of this Fee for students who are eligible for financial aid

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