Granted 2017-18

Granted Projects

 2017-18 TGIF Grants Awarded, by the numbers:
  • 34 of 48 submitted projects funded
  • Total funds awarded: $134,320
  • The Committee returned 7 projects for possible revision and re-submission
  • Projects awarded in 2017-18 involved students from 19 different majors


Spring Grant Cycle

  • Bioremediation for Stormwater Runoff, $11,010
  • Project lead(s): Amanda Ho (Environmental Science and Management)
  • Dutton Hall Hydration Stations, $14,700
  • Project lead(s): Don Dudley (Student Support and Judicial Affairs) and Ronda Papas (Student Accounting)
  • Native Pollinator Hedge Rows and Gardens at the UC Davis Equestrian Center, $10,000
  • Project lead(s): Meg Drescher and Holly Fox (Equestrian Center-Campus Recreation)
  • Rooftop Garden (Planning Phase), $780
  • Project lead(s): Brooke Garcher (Sustainable Environmental Design), Vanessa Lovel (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems), and Kelli O’Day (ASUCD CoHo Production Manager and Sustainability Coordinator)
  • Unitrans Near-Zero Emission Bus Propulsion System Pilot, $20,000
  • Project lead(s): Richard Bramble (Engineering) and Jeff Flynn (ASUCD Unitrans General Manager)


Fall Grant Cycle

  • Aggie Rack Restoration Project with Recycled Bike Parts, $2000
  • Project lead(s): Bryan Sykes (Political Science), Bianca Antunez (Aggie Distribution Student Manager), and Laurie Pederson (Aggie Business Development Manager)
    Project description: The Aggie Rack Restoration Project rebranded and repurposed recycled bike parts and other materials to create new California Aggie newsstands and racks. 
    A woman stands next to a newspaper stand decorated with bike parts
  • Aggie Reuse Store Revitalization, $1415
  • Project lead(s): Nicole Garcia (Communication)
  • Aggie Stadium Zero Waste Signage, $1990
  • Project lead(s): Sue Vang (Engagement and Zero Waste Program Manager)
    Aggie Stadium ZW Signage
  • Biological Orchard and Gardens Final Site Development, $19,934
  • Project lead(s): Andra George (Animal Biology), Kelly Richmond (Plant Sciences), and Ernesto Sandoval (Botanical Conservatory Manager/Curator)
  • Calculating the UC Davis Campus Nitrogen Footprint, $1350
  • Project lead(s): Miroslava Munguia (Environmental Science) and Elizabeth Castner (Geography)
    Five women gathered around a research poster
  • CoHo Waste Diversion, $2000
  • Project lead(s): Brooke Garcher (Sustainable Environmental Design) and Kelli O’Day (CoHo Sustainability Coordinator)
  • Ethical Eating and World Peace Speaker, $300
  • Project lead(s): McKenna Maxwell (Environmental Science and Management) and Ili Zisman (Animal Science)
  • Floating Island in the Arboretum Waterway to Improve Water Quality, $2000
  • Project lead(s): Kendal Hicks (Environmental Science and Management), Tiffani To (Environmental Science and Management), and Nina Suzuki (UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens)
    Project description: Students in the Waterway Stewardship Learning by Leading Internship designed and installed a floating island of California native plants to take up excess nutrients in the Arboretum Waterway, provide wildlife habitat, and demonstrate innovative solutions to water quality issues in storm water and recycled water systems. 
    A woman is being handed a plant from another person as she works in a waterway
  • Fragrance-Free UC Davis, $1395
  • Project lead(s): Claire Montgomery (Nutrition and Music) and Liza Grandia (Associate Professor of Native American Studies)
  • Fresh Focus Program: Gleaning Coordinator, $1960
  • Project lead(s): Dana Ng (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems) and Katharine Ullmann (Director of the UC Davis Student Farm)
  • Incentivizing Recycling Behavior Through Interactive Waste Bins, $800
  • Project lead(s): Joel Montalvo (Undeclared Life Sciences) and Sue Vang (Engagement and Zero Waste Program Manager)
  • Inclusive Sustainability Marketing to Residence Halls, $635
  • Project lead(s): Isabella Jimenez (Pre-Landscape Architecture)
  • Increasing Landfill Diversion within AEPi Fraternity, $800
  • Project lead(s): Zachary Jamison-Cash (Biomedical Engineering & Managerial Economics) and Daniel Vainish (Political Science)
  • Indigenous Foods Seminar Series, $5,080
  • Project lead(s): Ellen Sanders-Raigosa (Environmental Policy and Planning) and Jacquelyn Ross (Undergraduate Admissions)
  • Low Impact Design Monitoring in the UC Davis Arboretum, $2000
  • Project lead(s): Vita Sandhu (Environmental Science and Management, Watershed Track)
  • Medicine Collection Bin, $2000
  • Project lead(s): Melissa Oh (Business and Managerial Economics) and Joanne Brasch (Lecturer, Textiles and Clothing)
  • Picnic Day Zero Waste Children’s Discovery Fair, $583
  • Project lead(s): Elisa Pohlhammer (Human Development and Psychology)
  • Project Invigorate: Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape Redesigns, $1992
  • Project lead(s): Chen Zhong (Sustainable Environmental Design) and Heigi Wan (Viticulture and Enology)
  • Research: Kinetics Study and Optimization of Crude Urease Extract, $1750
  • Project lead(s): Kahui Lim (Civil Engineering)
  • Research: Reduction of Toxic Phenolic Compounds in Olive Oil Waste Streams, $1244
  • Project lead(s): Chelsey Souza (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and Lauren Crawford (Food Science and Technology)
  • Research: Smart Trash Can, $1990
  • Project lead(s): Pranav Gupta, Navid Al Nadvi, Jenny Yang, and Andrew Shephard (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Solar Compactors for Outdoor Compost Collection, $20,000
  • Project lead(s): Sue Vang (Engagement and Zero Waste Program Manager)
  • Solar Powered Ventilation and Education at the UC Davis Student Farm’s Greenhouse, $1550
  • Project lead(s): Noah Coleman (International Agricultural Development) and Raoul Adamchak ( UC Davis Student Farm Market Garden and CSA Coordinator)
  • Solar-Heater Radiant Floor Upgrade at The Domes, $1440
  • Project lead(s): Jake Parkhurst (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Sustainable Greek Life, $252
  • Project lead(s): Vivian Connolly (Environmental Science and Management)
  • The Happiness Project: Sustainable Self Care, $370
  • Project lead(s): Maria Bundang (Psychology) and Lilianna Russu (Communication and Cognitive Science)
  • Yolo County Farmworker Justice Awareness Project, $1000
  • Project lead(s): Matt Bridges (International Agricultural Development)