The Berkeley Water Center (BWC) is excited to announce they have received one of the Spring 2019 The Green Initiative Fund grants for a new project: Campus Water Sustainability Research and Opportunities Map.

“We are thrilled to be leading this effort, because water research occurs in so many different places in Berkeley,” says BWC Co-Director David Sedlak. “This map will be an important tool for students to learn about the numerous opportunities on campus and the tremendous amount of water research happening on the campus.”

With the $22,830 grant, BWC will create, maintain and distribute a campus water sustainability research and opportunities map available online and on paper to highlight water-related courses, professors, research and student opportunities on campus.

BWC project lead Sasha Harris-Lovett says the map will be an important tool for the campus, as it will create a hub for finding water sustainability research and opportunities; facilitate connections and engagement between interested students and researchers on existing water research, classes and opportunities; and disseminate opportunities to students, researchers and others to foster collaboration in and beyond our campus community.

“As a former UC Berkeley student, I know how difficult it can be to connect with existing water opportunities that are spread across many departments, with no central resource,” says Harris-Lovett. “There are so many interesting, cutting-edge water research projects on campus, and this map will help students find classes, mentors, and projects.”

In Fall 2019, BWC will be hiring student interns to help identify existing water-related classes, research-projects, faculty, and opportunities on campus by searching course catalogs, interviewing faculty with related interests about research opportunities in their labs, and reaching out to student groups. Using this information, student interns and BWC staff will develop a user-friendly map in Spring 2020.

The project culminates with the BWC gathering water-related faculty and students for a map launch, networking and community-building event.

Stay tuned to our website for intern opportunities and project updates.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is UC Berkeley’s Campus Green Fund. TGIF provides funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts. TGIF allocates funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education & behavior change initiatives, student financial aid (via return to aid), and student internships. Students, faculty, and staff may submit project proposals, which are selected for funding by the annually-appointed TGIF Committee, consisting of students, faculty, and staff, on which the students have the majority vote.