About TGIF

About The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Committee

The TGIF Committee reads and evaluates submitted grant proposals three times a year and decides on awards; provides guidance and project management oversight to funded projects; conducts campus outreach to spread word of TGIF funds; works with the TGIF Grant Manager to administer the TGIF funds; and works in subcommittees and conducts weekly full committee meetings during the academic year to accomplish the work of the Committee.

The TGIF Committee welcomes applications from students in all majors and seeks to build a collegial team that represents the diversity of the UC Davis campus while making wise use of student funds to support projects across the full spectrum of campus sustainability. Students are appointed to the Committee by an application process developed by the 2017-18 TGIF Committee and staff in the Office of Sustainability. The majority of the Committee’s voting seats are held by undergraduate students, with up to two graduate students. The Committee’s appointed members include a staff member (voting seat), a faculty member (voting seat), an ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission representative (ex-officio), a student representative from the Committee on Student Activities and Fees (ex-officio), the Director of the Office of Sustainability (ex-officio), and the Student Engagement Program Manager (staff to the Committee).

TGIF Committee Leadership Roles include:

Role Responsibilities
Co-Chairs Run the committee meetings in accordance with a relaxed version of Roberts Rules of Order, and develop agendas, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager.
Secretary Maintain current TGIF bylaws, record suggested updates throughout the year, provide suggested updates to the full TGIF Committee in spring quarter for discussion and adoption by the full Committee, post current or readopted bylaws. Prepare for fee renewal referendum, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Provide back-up for taking meeting minutes, in the event the Grant Manager is unable to do so.
Treasurer Report on TGIF finances, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Meet with grant awardees at project start to ensure awardee understanding of and compliance with fiscal guidelines. Review budget proposals thoroughly to ensure accurate calculations.

TGIF Sub-committees include:

Sub-committee Responsibilities
Marketing/Outreach/Social Media Create and maintain a consistent TGIF brand and message; help design outreach materials, particularly giveaways ("swag"); assist in preparation for fee renewal referendum. Creatively promote and raise awareness of TGIF across campus through a wide variety of methods, activities, events, and other means. Manage TGIF social media accounts to raise awareness about TGIF and share progress updates of TGIF awarded sustainability projects.
Grant Application Advising Assist applicants in developing strong grant proposals. Develop and hold 2 grant workshops (information sessions to assist applicants in knowing what is expected of proposals) per quarter.
Grant Project Management Provide project management support to ensure projects are moving forward and complying with requirements, timelines, and budgets. Check in 2-3 times a quarter with each assigned project. Share any relevant updates with the rest of the committee.
Committee Membership Manage TGIF Committee membership application process, in coordination and collaboration with Grant Manager. Help set up “shadowing” for spring quarter. Must be a part of interviewing process.

The 2019-20 TGIF Committee includes undergraduate students: Bella Bucheli, Rachel Glover, Jin Huang, Lili Jeske, Lydia Kao, Savan Khathar and Elana Nager; graduate students: Jules Mouat (alternate) and Peter Geoghan; staff member: Jennifer Larr; faculty member: Gwen Arnold; COSAF ex-officio student member: Grace Byun; ASUCD EPPC ex-officio student member: Hunter Ottman; and ex-officio Office of Sustainability director: Camille Kirk; the committee is staffed by Student Engagement Program Manager Jeannethe Lopez Guzman. Financial and administrative mentoring to the 2019-20 Committee is provided by Diane Jellison, Budget Analyst, and Jason Lorgan, COSAF Advisor and Executive Director.

About TGIF and future careers

Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and non-profit organizations need money to support their work, and they often seek grant funding for that purpose. TGIF offers students an opportunity to begin learning the skills to develop and write grants while enrolled. Students who serve on the TGIF Committee gain valuable experience evaluating grant proposals, managing an approximately $200,000 fund, and serving on a committee with a formal voting process.

Students who graduate with grant writing and/or management experience are better positioned for graduate school and for future grant-intensive research and/or academic careers; as well as careers as Program Officers or Analysts at state agencies, in private consulting firms, at federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and at private foundations such as Moore, Hewlett, or Gates.

About sustainability at UC Davis

UC Davis is ranked the greenest university in the country and the third greenest in the world in the 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. The campus has one of the largest university solar farms in the country, the first ever LEED Platinum certified brewery/winery/food processing facility, a 100% student-driven bus fleet and robust biking community, and our faculty inspired the launch of the UC Million LED Challenge. Visit our website and read more about our sustainability achievements.