2010 Application Submission

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Primary Contact Name: Tim Pine
Project Name: Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
2010 Grant Application Guidelines
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a grant-making fund for UC Berkeley sustainability projects
supported by a per-semester student fee. Projects are selected by a Grant-Making Committee
composed of students, staff, and faculty in which students have the majority.
Any UC Berkeley student, staff, or faculty may submit a project application. All projects must
meet the following requirements as established by the TGIF bylaws:
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Project Requirements
Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus.
Projects must have received written confirmation of support by appropriate campus officials
prior to consideration (see Project Approval form).
TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Berkeley policy directive.
TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements and that are unable
to gain funding from other sources. (Consult the UC Policy Guidelines for Sustainable Practices
for more information)
All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been
dispersed. At minimum, a project plan must include a report made to the Grant-Making
Committee after implementation. If a project is expected to have on-going benefits such as
annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and
reporting these benefits back to the Grant-Making Committee.
Projects must have publicity, education, and outreach considerations.
Minimum TGIF award is $1000.
Project Preferences
Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Berkeley’s
environmental impact for the least cost.
Preference will be given to projects with strong student involvement. A minimum of 20% of
funds disbursed will be set aside for projects with direct student involvement.
Preference will be given to projects that are able to repay the funds or obtain matching funds.
The complete bylaws are available at http://tgif.berkeley.edu.
Applications must have margins of 1” or greater and font size of 10 pt. minimum. Be sure to
change the header on each page to reflect your application project name and applicant primary
contact name. The entire application cannot exceed 10 pages in length excluding these first
two pages; project approval forms and the CalCAP Metrics Spreadsheet will not count as part of
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Primary Contact Name: Tim Pine
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the page limit. Any additional appendices will count toward your page limit unless you receive
a request or approval from the TGIF committee for additional information PRIOR to submission
Completed applications in Word or PDF format should be emailed to [email protected]
by April 1st at 9am; please put “YourProjectName Grant Application” in the subject line.
Questions or comments may be directed to TGIF Coordinator, Nicole Leung, at
[email protected] / 510.643.2992.
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Primary Contact Name: Tim Pine
Project Name: Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
2009-2010 project grant application
General Information
Project title: Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
Total amount requested from TGIF: $13,360
Amount Requested as: X Grant
Primary contact:
Name
Title and
department
Phone
Email
Loan (Estimated payback period of loan in months:
Tim Pine
Environmental Protection Specialist
Office Environment, Health & Safety
510-643-8542
[email protected]
Secondary contact (if applicable):
Name
Karl Hans
Title and
Senior Environmental Scientist
department Office Environment, Health & Safety
Phone
510-643-9574
Email
[email protected]
How did you hear about this grant?
We have partnered on a previous TGIF grant (Strawberry Creek Restoration Program Native
Plant Nursery at Giannini Hall).
Registered student organization or campus unit through which the grant funds will be
administered (if different from sponsoring organization): UC Berkeley; Office of Environment,
Health & Safety
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For each listed entity, please submit a completed “Project Approval” form. Project Approval
forms will not be counted toward your application page limit.
Project Description
1. Please give a brief history of this project/your organization. Describe the overall purpose
(goals) of the project.
This project will result in a continuation and expansion of the highly successful pilot program to
train a corps of Cal students to lead habitat restoration activities on University owned open
space. The project will expand efforts occurring on Strawberry Creek within the Central Campus
Park to the Hill Campus (Strawberry Creek and Claremont Creek watersheds), University Village,
in the City of Albany (Codornices Creek watershed) and the Richmond Field Station (coastal
prairie and Western Stege Marsh in the Meeker Slough watershed). The existing Student
Leadership program was funded by a one-time 2009 grant from the Chancellor’s Green Fund
administered by CACS. The primary purpose of the project is to provide hands-on
environmental education in transferrable habitat restoration and leadership skills to UC
Berkeley students. The project will also enhance efforts to reverse trends in biodiversity loss
through establishment of sustainable grounds maintenance that promotes wildlife habitat,
water quality, education opportunities, aesthetic appreciation, and other values damaged by
the loss of biodiversity.
2. What will be the process for implementing your project? Describe the key components
and steps of your project.
Upon receipt of funding, EH&S staff will advertise for and hire a student to fill the Program
Coordinator position. This intern will subsequently administer the outreach, recruitment, and
scheduling of restoration trainers and recruits. Training will be provided by staff members
within the EH&S Environmental Protection Team, Physical Plant-Campus Services Grounds,
Richmond Field Station Operations and Facility staff, and selected faculty within the College of
Natural Resources and Integrative Biology. Upon successful completion of training, the new
Student Habitat Restoration Leaders (SHRLs) will begin scheduling and recruiting for restoration
events to be held throughout the semester.
3. Which aspects of campus sustainability will your project address, and why is addressing
these sustainability components important? How will your project benefit the UC
Berkeley campus community as a whole?
UC Berkeley is the trustee of unique and important natural habitats on campus property.
Habitat restoration work performed to date has served as a model for activity that will become
more critical as the human population expands worldwide into wildland interfaces. Locally the
campus natural areas provide habitat to resident and migratory flora and fauna, including some
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endangered to biodiversity loss, which are important to campus educational and sustainability
programs. This project will address the loss of biodiversity in urban and urban/wildland
interface habitats that are becoming overwhelmed by non-native invasive plant and tree
species.
This project will make progress on land use opportunities described in the 2005 UC Berkeley
Sustainbiltiy Assessment: Increasing Native Vegetation, Sustainable Grounds Management,
and Richmond Field Station Habitat Restoration as follows:
Central Campus Park Natural Areas: Designated by the Chancellor in 1969, these areas
were intended to serve both as outdoor laboratories and reminders of the local ecology
that existed in the East Bay before land use practices of the 19 th and 20th century
(grazing of domestic livestock and urbanization) altered and damaged it. Unfortunately,
funding and resource allocations to manage these areas have not been sufficient to
protect them invasion by non-native species and subsequent loss of native habitat.
Work to date on the Strawberry Creek Restoration program has led to a recovery of
native fish and other species and has provided numerous opportunities for teaching and
research. However, there is no campus policy directive or funding to continue manage
these areas for loss of biodiversity, so currently the work must be completed by
volunteers. Given the value of these spaces in supporting the University’s academic
mission and to maintain Cal’s reputation as a campus of remarkable beauty, this project
stands to return tremendous benefits to the Campus community and the surrounding
environment.
Richmond Field Station: The “Habitat Goals” report of the San Francisco Bay Area
Ecosystems Goal Project identified restoration of eelgrass beds and moist
grasslands/seasonal wetlands at the Richmond Field Station as unique restoration
opportunities. In 2009-10 the campus will complete an agency mandated restoration of
the salt marsh endangered species and unique coastal prairie habitats but no policy or
regulatory mandate or funding exists to continue habitat enhancement or prevent
degradation of the restored areas. In addition, completion of the restoration project will
terminate a internship program that has trained approximately 70 Cal undergrads in
habitat restoration through independent study classes. Many of these students have
gone on to jobs in resource agencies, environmental consulting, and graduate school in
part due to their hands-on experience in this program. Due to the extensive monitoring
and recordkeeping to date, continued restoration provides unique opportunities for
research and education.
4. Does your project tie into any broader campus sustainability initiatives? If so, how?
This project will leverage an existing TGIF grant received by the Strawberry Creek (Giannini Hall)
Native Plant Nursery and student leadership grant received from CACS by providing a ready
pool of student leaders to guide volunteers in the planting of native seedlings, produced by the
nursery, back into Campus natural spaces cleared of invasive species.
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Project Name: Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
The project will be an element of the overall Strawberry Creek Restoration Program currently
coordinated by staff from the Office of Environment, Health & Safety with assistance from
Campus Grounds and the Campus Landscape Architect.
Project Approvals (Projects will not be considered without the relevant approvals).
5. Do any aspects of your project require approval from an entity on or off campus? If so,
please explain. (For example, a project which affects campus grounds or buildings must be
approved by the Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services)
This project will receive direction and oversight from staff within the Office of EH&S (for any
potential regulatory agency approvals), Campus Grounds, and the Campus Landscape Architect
(both within Facilities Services).
Metrics and Measurability
6. What quantifiable sustainability impacts will your project have and what will be the cost
savings to the campus? How do these impacts fit into the larger campus context (For
example, what fraction of campus electricity use does your savings represent)?
This project directly addresses several goals within the Campus Sustainability Assessment (Land
Use and Habitat). Metrics will include number of leaders trained, restoration events held,
number of participants and organizations, total area cleared of invasive species, estimated mass
or volume of vegetation removed, list of species removed, number of plants and species
planted, and an annual progress report to be displayed on the Campus Strawberry Creek
website— (ww.strawberrycreek.berkeley.edu). Metrics at the RFS will include continuing
documentation of invasive species removal and native plant replacement along with monitoring
survey of plants and animals.
7. How will you measure these impacts after your project is implemented in order to see if
you have met your goal? In addition to TGIF, who will you report your information to?
Student leaders will be responsible for completing a project checklist and report for each event
held. These reports will be compiled for an annual report to be maintained and disseminated
by staff from EH&S. It is possible that work at the RFS will be coordinated with CNR restoration
ecology courses with additional reporting and recordkeeping as part of coursework.
8. How does your project go above and beyond the requirements already mandated by UC
Berkeley and/or state law?
Presently, there are no regulatory or campus policy requirements to restore Campus open
spaces or habitats. It is the stated goal of the Campus Sustainability Assessment, the
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Strawberry Creek Management Plan, and the Long Range Development Plan to improve these
areas however no funding has been identified to support the attainment of these goals.
Continued restoration at the Richmond Field Station will enhance work previously performed
under state law as follow-up to remediation of legacy pollutants.
Project Team
9. Please identify the project manager(s) as well as the member of the team (liaison)
responsible for reporting project status and success in the following tables (each project
will be expected to report regularly to the TGIF Coordinator with frequency based on the
scale of the project).
Name
Title and
department
Project Role
Phone
Email
Relevant
experience or
knowledge for this
project
Tim Pine
Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Project Co-Manager
510-543-8542
[email protected]
Present and past responsibilities within UC Berkeley for the Campus
Surface Water Quality Program (compliance with Regional Water Board
and Dept. of Fish and Game regulations pertaining to surface water
quality leaving UC Berkeley) and project lead for existing SHL program.
Name
Title and
department
Project Role
Phone
Email
Relevant
experience or
knowledge for this
project
Karl Hans
Senior Environmental Specialist
Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Project Co-Manager
510-643-9574
[email protected]
Present and past responsibility for and management of surface water
quality, contaminated site remediation, and habitat restoration programs
on the UC Berkeley Campus and at the Richmond Field Station.
Name
Title and
department
Project Role
Phone
Email
Relevant
experience or
knowledge for this
project
Jim Horner
Campus Landscape Architect
Project Advisor
510-642-7535
[email protected]
Current landscape manager of all campus open spaces including project
manager for all landscape and vegetative projects on UCB property and
responsibility to review and approve any proposed changes to the
campus landscape.
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10. If your project team is partnering with other organizations, departments, individuals, or
other stakeholders, please explain their involvement and include their contact
information.
Engineers for a Sustainable World (student group), Sintana Vergara, President
([email protected]); Prof. David Ackerly, Dept. of Integrative Biology,
([email protected])
11. Please be specific about the ways in which you can ensure that your team will have time
available to work on this project.
Staff from the Environmental Protection Team (EH&S) have received department director
approval for and are committed to provide oversight and training to support the project as
needed (up to a maximum of 20 hours/month).
12. How much of your project will students be involved in? What roles will students play in
your project? Does your project target involvement of a certain section of the student
body?
This project is, at its heart, a student run project with assistance from Campus staff to support
the project goals. Students will ultimately provide the leadership and labor required to make
this restoration project a success. While it is likely that students from the College of Natural
Resources and Integrative Biology will be the most interested, past experience with events
organized by EH&S staff show a very broad spectrum of students are passionate about habitat
restoration.
Project Education, Outreach, and Publicity Plan
Note: This section is about letting the campus know what your project has accomplished after
you’ve met your project goals. If outreach and education are the primary goals of your project,
please describe them above in the section entitled “Project Goals and Quantifiable Impacts.”
13. What is your plan for publicizing your project on campus?
Promote and hold general information meetings to inform students of the basics of the
program that would take place at the beginning of each semester at each of the first meetings
of student groups already aligned with the project goals (i.e. Roots and Shoots, Society for
Conservation Biology, Engineers for a Sustainable World, etc.), general meetings at target
departments. These meetings would also be publicized by contacting campus professors whose
classes relate to restoration (Ex: Professor Joe McBride (LA 110: Ecological Analysis), Prof.
William Berry (ES 10, ES 125: Bay Area Environments)
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Advertise on meetings on the Strawberry Creek and RFS Environmental Websites and through
the Strawberry Creek listserve.
Post announcements and a link for the program on various campus environmental and
sustainability websites including the“News” section of the “Environment and Sustainability
Portal” web page, http://enviro.berkeley.edu/ , at the Environmental Coalition at the University
of California (ECo) website, and the “Announcements” section of the “Sustainability at UC
Berkeley” website, http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/assessment.html
Outreach to students living in the residence halls through Cal SSEC (Student Sustainability
Education Coordination)—publicize project at meetings and encourage leaders to publicize our
project to students http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~recycle/ssec/programs/index.html
14. Do you have any specific outreach goals? If so, how will they be measured?
Not specifically in terms of numbers however the above list of outreach measures will serve as
a task list for the student intern serving as the Project Coordinator.
Budget
15. List all budget items for which funding is being requested under the appropriate category.
Include cost and total amount for each item requested. Please be as detailed as possible.
Item
Cost per
Item
Quantity
Total
Request
Weed Wrench, size-medium
Root/pruning saw
$200.00
$25.00
5
20
$1,000
$250
Hand digger/weeder
$20.00
10
$200
Protective tree and shrub cages w/ stakes
$10.00
50
$500
Landscape tarps
$20.00
4
$80
Nursery wagon, heavy duty
$150.00
2
$300
Lightweight backpacks
$50.00
5
$250
Long handled loppers
$50.00
10
$500
Nitrile coated work gloves
$5.00
200 pair
$1,000
Knaack box- 23 cu. ft. for secure tool and supply storage
$1000.00
2
$2,000
High strength combination lock for tool cabinet
$25.00
2
$50
First aid kit
$40.00
2
$80
varies
varies
$250
Equipment and Construction Costs
Publicity and Communication
Posters and handbills
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Personnel and Wages
Student program developer/launch coordinators (2)(5 hrs./wk X
40 wks.)
Professional labor to install steel storage boxes
General Supplies and Other
Training materials—“SHRL Handbook”
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$18/hr.
400 hrs.
$7,200
$60/hr.
5 hrs.
$300
$5.00
50
$250
T-shirt, vest, or jacket w/ logo and Student Leader designation
$25.00
20
$500
RFS shuttle bus passes booklet (15 round trips at $3/round trip)
$45/wk
50
$2,250
TOTAL $16,960
16. If your project is implemented, does is require any on-going funding after its completion?
What is your strategy for supporting the project after this initial period to cover
replacement, operational, and renewal costs?
This project could function in the long term purely as a volunteer operation (with Campus staff
time and materiel support provided). Over time, tools and consumables such as gloves and
tarps would need replacement but these items could be purchased through a variety of grants
and donations from other entities.
The effectiveness of the project would most likely be enhanced by the longer term support of a
paid student intern to manage the weekly functions of the effort. If deemed successful, support
for funding will be sought from general campus funds or through outside granting agencies and
foundations. In the absence of sufficient funds the role could potentially be performed for
course credit.
17. List all non-TGIF sources you are pursuing for funding, volunteer time, in-kind donations,
etc.
The University will be making a sizable contribution to the project in staff time and material
support as well as logistical support for the removal and composting of green waste.
Events currently organized and led by members of the Environmental Protection Team (EH&S)
with the support of Campus Grounds have an approximate cost equivalent (if recharged) of
$1,000 per event (~8 hrs. of professional staff time, gloves and tools provided, green waste bin
placement, removal, and transport to composting facility).
Primary Contact Name: Tim Pine
Project Name: Cal Habitat Restoration Student Leadership Training
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Project Timeline
18. Please complete the following table to describe your project timeline. List milestones
chronologically. For the “Timeframe” column, please estimate how long each task will
take to be completed. (Insert additional rows if necessary).
Task
Project start date (May 1, 2010)- revise training materials (staff),
survey existing student partner organizations for potential intern
hires and summer availability.
Hire student intern Proj. Coordinator (funds needed July 1, 2010 or
earlier)
Purchase equipment and install locking cabinets (next to Nursery or
centrally in the Grinnell Natural Area; and RFS, TBD)
Begin Fall ’10 student leader outreach and recruitment
Timeframe
(# of wks to
completion)
8 weeks
Estimated
completion
date
July 1,
2010
4 weeks
Aug. 1,
2010
Aug. 1,
2010
Sept. 18,
2010
Sept. 18,
2010
Dec. 18,
2010
Jan. 20,
2011
Jan. 20,
2011
April 20,
2010
May 11,
2011
May 11,
2011
4 weeks
3 weeks
Proj. Coordinator to set calendar of trainings (1) and restoration
events (min. one each month)
Collate event reports for Fall ’10 restoration season
2 weeks
Begin Spring ’11 student leader outreach and recruitment
3 weeks
Proj. Coordinator to set calendar of trainings (1) and restoration
events (min. one each month)
Present project status at Sustainability Summit
2 weeks
Collate event reports for Spring ‘10 restoration season
2 weeks
Seek funds for program continuation…
ongoing
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2 weeks
2 weeks
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